Ahead of the announcement of the Nook HD and larger HD+, Barnes & Noble invited us and other reporters to a thorough preview event in New York City. There, we were able to get a better idea of what to expect when the pair of high-def tablets lands this November.
The last few weeks have been a veritable smorgasbord of new device releases giving us new Amazon Kindles, the long-awaited iPhone 5, and even a Toys 'R' Us tablet. But there's more to come before the year is up, and next in line in the tablet wars is Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and HD+.
Branding is one thing, but this is something else entirely: a translation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace has appeared in the Barnes & Noble Nook with the word "kindled" replaced throughout with the word "Nookd." Which isn't even a word.
I've spent a week (and some change) playing around with Barnes & Noble's latest. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight adds a feature that before was relegated to the side business of e-reader peripherals: a lit screen so you can read at night. It's a simple change, but it makes all the difference.
Solving one of the most vexing e-reading problems — how to read in bed without keeping your sleeping significant other awake — Barnes & Noble has unveiled the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, an E Ink e-book reader with a front-lit screen.
Misdirection. While a magician purposely distracts you with a gratuitous flourish or chatter, the Houdini wannabe performs the sleight-of-hand unobserved. Whether on purpose or by accident, I think Amazon is performing an ingenious misdirection in the wake of the introduction of the cheap "All-New" Nook and the cheaper Kobo eReader Touch Edition ebook readers. Essentially, Amazon is engaging Barnes & Noble over how long two months is. Okay, that's probably misleading, but Amazon is managing to misdirect the conversation away from the real difference between the new Nook and the new Kobo from the old Kindle that could threaten Amazon's ebook dominance.
Grandma doesn't want her reading cluttered up with apps or other complications and doesn't want to spend a lot of money. With that in mind, Barnes & Noble is now the second e-book company in two days to unveil a cheap, simple monochrome touchscreen e-reader.
The line between e-readers and tablets just got a lot hazier today, when Barnes & Noble unveiled the Nook Color, a new version of the company's e-reader with a full-color touchscreen and costs $249. It's a sexy device, but the new Nook tastes more like tablet lite than any e-reader that's come before.
Today at 4 p.m. Eastern, Barnes & Noble is holding an event, and we'll be live on the scene to bring you the news as it happens. For up-to-the-moment updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter and stand ready to refresh, refresh, refresh. Will we see a Nook Color? Almost certainly yes, but it's the details that count, and we'll have all of those.
Who needs an official announcement to drum up interest when all you have to do is "accidentally" put up a product page for a few minutes and then take it down. That's exactly what happened last night when a product for a screen protector film for the yet unannounced "Nook Color" was seen on the Barnes & Noble's website.