The debut of Barnes & Noble’s e-book reader is scheduled for later today, but many of the details of this device have already slipped out, including its name and price.
It will supposedly be named the Nook, and may be released as soon as it is formally announced, which will happen this afternoon at an event in New York, or it could hit store shelves on Thursday. Reports vary.
The price will reportedly be $250. For comparison, its top competitor, the Amazon Kindle 2, sells for $360.
More about Barnes & Noble’s E-Book Reader
According to numerous leaked images, B&N’s electronic book reader will have a tablet shape, and at first glance will include just a single screen. However, it will actually have two, one right above the other.
The larger one will be a 6-inch, black-and-white E-Ink screen for displaying the contents of books and magazines. The smaller will be a color LCD display with multi-touch capabilities. The second display will take the place of a keyboard, and perform other functions, too.
B&N is reportedly going to take a page from Amazon.com’s playbook, and its e-book reader will give users cellular access to its maker’s website.
Apparently the system software for handling this will be come from the Android OS, though it’s not clear how much of the Android functionality will be built into this device.