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Old 05-04-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Barnes & Noble to unveil new e-reader on May 24

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Old 05-04-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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Wow, sounds close to when Kindle is rumoured to be releasing a new ereader. Coincidence?
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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B&N will have to be careful to ensure that these additional devices serve the purpose of building a strong Nook e-book buying community and aren't just an attempt to move low margin one time sale hardware devices. (Amazon is relentless in getting devices out there in as many hands as possible of those who will use it for reading Amazon e-books which is the only sustainable business model -- recurring, decent margin revenue.)

However, the B&N teaser released so far certainly sounds intriguing.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:24 PM   #4
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Some people are speculating that it'll be the Nook Color 2, but it seems too early for that. Maybe it's a Nook Classic refresh or a NC with 3G?
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:44 PM   #5
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Probably a new eink device. The NOOK is way past due for a cosmetic refresh. Hope it's touch screen.
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well B&N have registered a couple of names such as the Nook2 as well as “The Simple Touch Reader.” .. Qualcomm said their Mirasol e-reader will be out before summer and they are working with a "large well known company".

SO it's anyone's guess

For fun we should see who can get closest at guessing the name and features of the new device
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:17 PM   #7
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Probably a new eink device. The NOOK is way past due for a cosmetic refresh. Hope it's touch screen.
Same here. Full e-ink touch screen please!

I was planning to get a Sony 950... now I'm wondering if I should kick back 'n wait and see what BN might bring out. No guarantee I'd like it better than the Sony, but if it's only a month...

The other thought that occurred to me was some kind of less expensive LCD reader for KIDS... with parental controls and a separate children's ebook store linked to the device, so they wouldn't be exposed to the "racy" stuff. I've always thought that a product something like that could be a big hit with parents.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:21 PM   #8
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Hmmm, Mirasol could be fun!

BN certainly got people excited with the NC (not me, I'm an e-ink fan) so I'm curious as to what they'll do next.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:06 PM   #9
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Same here. Full e-ink touch screen please!

I was planning to get a Sony 950... now I'm wondering if I should kick back 'n wait and see what BN might bring out. No guarantee I'd like it better than the Sony, but if it's only a month...

The other thought that occurred to me was some kind of less expensive LCD reader for KIDS... with parental controls and a separate children's ebook store linked to the device, so they wouldn't be exposed to the "racy" stuff. I've always thought that a product something like that could be a big hit with parents.
I like the kid's books that read to them - my 3yr old certainly loves them. But I hate handing my nook to her. I have to keep a careful eye on her, then!
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Some eager and tech-savvy Nook Color owners had figured out a software "jailbreak" to make the tablet switch without any help from the company, but voided their warranties by doing so.
...he forgot to say that a simple un-root keeps your warranty intact
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For fun we should see who can get closest at guessing the name and features of the new device
I'm going with:
  • name = NOOKtwo
  • Pearl eInk
  • 6" touch display
  • 2 color options: black, white
  • no LCD panel
  • WiFi = $139
  • 3G = $189
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I'm going with:
  • name = NOOKtwo
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  • no LCD panel
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Sounds good, though maybe at a slightly lower price, just to tweak Amazon.
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Sounds good, though maybe at a slightly lower price, just to tweak Amazon.
Yeah. Agreed. They'll go for a Sony-touch style route, I would think, to replace the LCD screen at the bottom.

Or - pipe dream - we get a color Mirasol Nook.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:27 AM   #14
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Yeah. Agreed. They'll go for a Sony-touch style route, I would think, to replace the LCD screen at the bottom.

Or - pipe dream - we get a color Mirasol Nook.
Well, Mirasol did say they were working with a major manufacturer. I assumed it was one of the lower level vendors, but maybe it's B&N. It'd be really interesting to see a Mirasol display on the market. I didn't really think the technology was ready yet, but who knows.
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I hope it is an Eink device with no LCD touch screen. There needs to be a serious competitor to the Kindle.

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... Nook tablets now command about a quarter of the e-book reader market, Barnes & Noble says, trailing only Amazon.com Inc.'s /quotes/comstock/15*!amzn/quotes/nls/amzn AMZN +0.77% Kindle, which analysts contend accounts for most of the remaining three quarters of the rapidly growing market.
By "Nook tablets", I take it they mean the Nook Color? I'm surprised the Nook (EInk) has so little market share.
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