New Barnes & Noble Nook Coming In Spring

New York Times: The Bookstore’s Last Stand

Barnes & Noble is trying to strike at Amazon with another device. At its labs in Silicon Valley last week, engineers were putting final touches on their fifth e-reading device, a product that executives said would be released sometime this spring. (A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman declined to elaborate.)

I wonder what that could be?

eInk? Color LCD? Pixel Qi? Mirasol? (I doubt Mirasol unless they have a Top Sekrit Second-Gen screen that’s good!)

Cheaper eInk Nook? Cheaper color Nook?

I was just wondering the other day about what both Barnes & Noble and Kobo could possibly introduce later this year, so an introduction as soon as Spring is very surprising.

Probably nothing more surprising than a 9? or 10? tablet.

Yet I’m still waiting to see if their Nook Community Edition trademark is ever used. Also unused are Nook Smart and NookCook.


  1. Jim28 January, 2012

    My guess is a 9-10 inch tablet, priced at $250-$300, and a price reduction on everything else in their lineup to compete with Kindle Fire.

  2. Laura28 January, 2012

    I’ve seen employees in B&N stores wearing pins that say “I’m nook smart”.

  3. Fbone28 January, 2012

    It might be something for the European market.

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  5. fjtorres29 January, 2012

    I could see B&N doing a cheap, non-touch, LCD-based reader to drive magazine and rich-content books (textbooks, too) and pair it with their own epub3-derived format. Size will depend on the screen they find; ideally, 8-9in 4×3 aspect, but they may have to go with a 16×9 7incher. Price? If they go big, $200, otherwise $129. Either way the target will be iBooks, not Kindle.

  6. Peter29 January, 2012

    So, lets get me get this straight:

    1. The New York times (and other major media outlets) barely mention Barnes and Noble for years, except to talk about the decline of bookstores.

    2. Barnes and Noble effectively subsidizes the NYT with the free nook promotion.

    3. Within weeks, we start seeing in-depth, glowing articles about the business in the New York Times.

    That’s how the game is played, folks.

    Incidentally, Barnes and Noble actually mentioned launching a new nook device in “the back half of the (fiscal) year” in their holiday press release- but between the earnings guide-down and the nook spinoff noone noticed.

    1. Nate Hoffelder29 January, 2012

      What, does that surprise you?

      Do you recall when the Kindle launched? Amazon bought the cover of Newsweek. This isn’t much different.

  7. charlie dulin30 January, 2012

    the working name for the new nook is Portfolio . that sounds like a large business centric version to me

    1. Nate Hoffelder30 January, 2012

      How do you know that?

  8. charlie dulin30 January, 2012

    ugg sorry. i actually dont. when i went back to the source i realized what i saw was actually a photochopped picture from the Color launch with The Nook Portfolio across the top of the image describing the whole range of nook products.


  9. john30 January, 2012

    anyone know when the next amazon tablet is due to be announced?

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  11. Matt16 February, 2012

    Read a few articles about domain names recently registered for “Nook Glow” and “Nook Shine”, also noticed B&N selling the Tablet $50 off today on EBay.

    Any new leads on what’s supposedly coming this spring, and when exactly, like the $349 “Acclaim” mentioned in an older post?

    Don’t want to wait only to find out it’s just a next generation Simple Touch. Even worse would be to buy the Tablet only to find out a better one was coming! Thanks.

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 February, 2012

      The $350 Acclaim is the Nook Tablet (it’s been confirmed). That’s how much they wanted to sell it for.

      1. Matt17 February, 2012

        Thanks, I guess I’m going to wait it out a while longer. Wouldn’t be surprised if a larger nook tablet comes this spring with ebay sale still going at $199, and then I just read this…


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