On the heels of this week’s news that Barnes and Noble will now be selling its Nook at retail giant Bestbuy, we have even more news! Barnes and Noble are working on two new e-readers to debut later in the year.
The first mysterious new E-Reader is known as “Project Encore”, the Nook 2. The Nook 2 is Android driven and will have a real web browser to surf the internet. It will also feature WI-FI and 3G with 6 inch screen. The big rumor is that it will use Freescales new Color E-Ink technology and may finally have access to an Android Market Place.
The second device is the Nook Lite, it will be very much akin to the current Nook, with the only difference is that it will lack 3G. This will reduce the overall price of the device and make it the low end entry model. It will still retain the popular WI-FI aspect of it, so you can still connect to the internet and the E-Book store to make purchases.
The Price of the Nook Lite will be $199.99. It’s target demographic are people who do not live in a 3G zone or have a carrier that provides 3G coverage. It also lacks a web browser, something Rival Spring Design Alex boasts in spades.
Now for some Nook news, the CEO of Barnes and Noble announced they will be releasing games for the Nook soon, no details on what games are available or if they have an application developed to download them. If you have the Barnes and Noble Nook on April the 18th they will be releasing a new 1.4 firmware update, that will be available on the website and WI-FI
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Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.