Barnes & Noble’s carefully crafted veil of secrecy around the new Nook may have just been blown off. Originally slated to be launched tomorrow afternoon, what we have here is an image of the new Nook or Nook Color has it has been named. And while the device does look cool, what seems evident is that it might not be a photograph of the product itself but just a mock up of the device. Nevertheless, it can be an idea of the things to expect tomorrow evening.
Its all screen up front that lacks any physical buttons which further reinforces its going to be a touchscreen based device though the technology behind the screen is still a mystery at best. The image had somehow made it to the product page at the official Barnes & Noble website for the Nook Color Screen Film Kit and quite predictably, it has again gone into hiding. However, with the real things slated to go official just next day, the timing couldn’t have been better to start off a series of speculation of what the next Nook color might look like.
Launches Nook Kids
Meanwhile, in another related development, Barnes & Noble has also come up with a children specific app which they have named Nook Kids. The platform will boast of a collection of 12,000 children’s e-books. The books have been designed specially for touchscreen based devices like the iPad or the upcoming Nook Color. What is going to be unique is that some of the books will include their corresponding spoken versions as well as interactive elements along with features like the pinch to zoom that will zoom the pictures. The kids will also get to double-tap the text on these books availed through Nook Kids.
The project is being supported by 15 publishers including HarperCollins and Random House and should go on air by end 2010. The features are first likely to hit Nook Color followed by other devices like the iPad that will have a specific Nook Kids app.
So that’s another nice holiday gift for the kids.