Barnes & Noble has just made its big eReader announcement, and it turns out that the newest device will be a continuation of the NOOK line that focuses more directly on the reading experience (as opposed to the NOOK Color, which has become something of a tablet / eReader in-between).
The All-New NOOK will feature a Pearl eInk display, weigh 7.5 ounces, and have up to two months of battery life on a single charge (under the right conditions). The six-inch touchscreen will feature a new proprietary page-turn transition, and overall B & N is stressing the new NOOK’s simple interface.
Adding to its ease of use is the fact that the new NOOK will feature a very limited number of buttons, just one at the bottom of the front of the display, and page turn buttons on the sides.
The new NOOK will have 2 GB of internal storage, but can be expanded well beyond that, with an SD card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards.
This device is conspicuously encroaching upon the Kindle’s territory, and would appear to be jockeying for a very similar demographic and sector of the market.
The new NOOK will cost $139, and launch this summer. It is currently available for preorder, and shipping will begin around June 10.