It's been just under a week since I last reported on B&N's new hardware, and new evidence has come to light which suggests that the gadgets do exist and are going to be launched fairly soon.
A helpful reader has tipped me to a new product listing on the B&N website for a B&N-branded Bluetooth keyboard. There's no photo or technical details, but the listing does say that the keyboard will be available next Tuesday. That's the same release date as the other leaked product listings I uncovered in early August, so I would bet that the new cases and the keyboard probably all belong to the new tablet.
B&N doesn't currently offer a BT keyboard for the Nook HD, though they do have headphones, a BT speaker, and a charging dock. The addition of a keyboard might be a sign that B&N is taking their hardware in another direction, but it could also simply mean that they found a design worth licensing.
In other news, I have also learned of a new how-to book for one of B&N's devices. It has not been officially published or even announced, but Wiley is going to release a Nook X for Dummies book in late November.
I don't have the correct title, only a placeholder, but the listing shows that the author will be Corey Sandler (he's written previous Nook for Dummies books). Even the description is just a placeholder:
NOOK X Tablet For Dummies provides readers with all the information they need in order to get the most out of their NOOK X Tablet/e-reader. Key topics covered include:
- Introducing the hybrid ebook/Android tablet concept.
- Navigating the technical aspects of NOOK X Tablet, including touchscreen technology, wireless access, software updates
- Downloading and shopping for e-books.
- Using the built-in Web browser on the Internet
This For Dummies title had been listed on the B&N website, but after I asked B&N for a comment they removed it. Luckily for us that isn't a hindrance; you can find the book elsewhere. It's going to be available in both print and digital.
I still don't have any firm details yet on a launch event or the release date nor have I found any new FCC paperwork, but all signs are pointing to a launch happening in the next couple weeks. If B&&N follows their past practices then they are probably going to hold an embargoed press event this week or next. I haven't gotten an invite to that event, but that doesn't mean it's not happening.
Stay tuned. If any new information leaks I will probably be the first to post it.