Why oh why couldn’t this next story have come across my desk last Monday; it would have added an extra level of detail to the joke about Author Solutions.
A helpful bot just informed me that paperwork for B&N’s next ereader has cleared the FCC’s website.
B&N has embargoed almost all the interesting details until October, so we know very little about the device, the BNRV700-A. I can tell you it was tested for BT and Wifi, and that it is described as an ereader. It also has a headphone jack, and is apparently also sending data on its battery to a repository.
Edit: Oh, and we can infer that it probably is an ereader because this device was submitted by B&N. B&N’s tablets, on the other hand, have shown up at the FCC bearing the brand and FCC ID for the Chinese OEM that made them.
If you have a Nook you might be able to measure the “N” logo on your and infer the size of the new model. Me, I will have to wait for the announcement before I’ll know more.
I am guessing the new model will be launched in the next couple weeks, or by the end of May at the latest. When it does arrive, it is a tossup whether it will be sold in stores. B&N has been stripping any sign of the Nook from its stores, first removing the Nook kiosk, and then taking down the banners that promote the Nook. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that B&N might remove the remaining Nook displays (I have reports it’s already happened in a few stores).
The Nook division generated $24 million in revenue in B&N’s third fiscal quarter 2019.