Is Barnes & Noble launching a new Nook on Monday?

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Is Barnes & Noble Inc. set to launch a new Nook?

In a few weeks, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Kobo’s Vox tablets will go on sale, entering the low-end tablet space that Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color has occupied for about a year.

So far, Barnes & Noble hasn’t announced any new Nook tablet plans, but the Web is buzzing with speculation that it’s all heading that direction after the bookstore chain and e-reader maker invited the media to a Nook-related event in New York on Monday.


The invitation for the event reads simply, ‘Please join us for a very special announcement’ under a shining green Nook ‘n’ logo.

Could we see a new Nook? It’s likely. If we were to see a new Nook device, it probably would be an update to the Nook Color.

Barnes & Noble replaced its old eInk e-reader in May with the market’s second touch-screen e-reader (just a day behind the launch of the Kobo Touch) -- so that’s unlikely to see a replacement anytime soon.

The current Nook Color and the upcoming Kindle Fire and Kobo Vox each run versions of Google’s Android operating system and feature 7-inch touch screens.

Another possibility is changes to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Friends social network, which allows users to see what their friends are reading, read reviews of books, lend books to one another, share quotes from a book, list their progress in a book and recommend titles to a buddy.

Whatever the Nook news is Monday, we’ll have it covered here on the Technology blog. Stay tuned.



Report: More U.S. adults own e-readers than tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet: $199, 7-inch screen, ships Nov. 15

Kobo Vox tablet, $200, to take on Kindle Fire, Nook Color

-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Images: (Top) Angry Birds running on a Barnes & Noble Nook Color tablet and (bottom) an invitation to a Nook event in New York on Nov. 7. Credit: Barnes & Noble