Going back to November 2011, the bookseller Barnes & Noble had revealed one of the cheapest 7” tablets worth $250. However, Barnes & Noble is not impeding there - the company is currently planning for the upcoming launch of its latest e-reading device, which will be possibly called as the 5th generation Nook. Barnes & Noble is going to launch its fifth Nook device this spring to continue its brave, bold and surprisingly triumphant e-Reader combat with Amazon, according to the article from New York Times. Not a lot has been enlightened about this latest device still, and even the spokesperson from B&N refused to drop any note about the device.
B&N has long been known for producing e-Readers of its own line. According to an in-detail report in The New York Times, B&N engineers were putting the final touches on the latest 5th e-reading device in its labs in Silicon Valley last week. This tablet is supposed to be another hit to contend with Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire because B&N plans for “the fight of its life.” According to the New York Times, B&N currently hold a highly regarded 27% of the ebook market, in comparison to minimum 60% for Amazon. That is an impressive achievement for B&N as it came somewhat late into the game. Despondently, what this new tablet will be exactly is not clear at this point because none of its specifications or features pointed out in the report. Whether Nook would be a full-scale tablet or merely an ordinary e-book reading device is even a mystery at this point.
It is speculated that the Nook would be a larger device; approximately the similar size as the iPad, however with an affordable price tag of $300-$350. As well, the device possibly features Qualcomm’s new, power-efficient Mirasol color display, which is currently emerging on e-readers in Korea and China. There is no word on whether this device will remain exclusive only to the United States or will launch internationally. B&N is planning to take this device to the U.K. and its 1st stop is likely to be Waterstones bookstores in Britain, as stated in NYT’s report. However, the CEO of company ‘William J. Lynch Jr.’ didn’t verify where the Nook devices would go first.