What I Expect to See From B&N on Monday
I’ve had an interesting experience today. A number of blogs have been quoting my predictions about B&N, Gamestop, and so on while writing about next Monday’s event. The problem with those quotes is that some of the predictions are so old that they’re not valid anymore. For example, the Gamestop connection is almost improbable at this point and some of my other predictions were rather farfetched. (I wish people had asked; I would have warned them).
Here is some of what I expect to see on Monday.
I don’t expect to see Gamestop involved at all. Yes, a while back I thought that their gaming tablet would be based on the NookColor because the companies have a history of working together.
But last week Gamestop invalidated that prediction. They released the promised gaming tablets and none were the NookColor. I looked into this Sunday night and the 3 Gamestops tablets are just regular Android tablets. Whoever released that older info on the Gamestop gaming tablet was awfully sloppy; much of his claims ddin’t come true.
One detail I hadn’t shared yet is that I’m now seeing more confirmation that the new NookColor will be in Barnes & Noble bookstores on Monday. I started getting hints yesterday about this. I’m told that for at least one store the delivery schedule shows packages coming this week which are not supposed to be opened before Monday. I’m so certain about this that I almost didn’t buy my bus ticket for Monday; it would take less time to go to my nearest B&N store. (But I’m going.)
This isn’t a prediction so much as it’s a statement that I cannot predict what we’ll see. Each of B&N’s new products has been a surprise in one way or another. The original Nook had new Adobe DRM, the NookStudy was an awesome app, the NookColor was LCD and not E-ink.
Now, the NookTouch wasn’t quite the same surprise, but you have to agree that the earlier products all had some technical detail that surprised us. I expect the same to be true on Monday. There will be something that surprises us. I’m not sure what it will be, but I do expect to be surprised.
Edit: One NC or Two?
(added Wednesday morning) Would you believe I forgot the most important prediction? Right now I’m leaning towards just the one new NC. I know ijn the past that I expected a new NC and a refreshed Encore, but I’m changing my mind, David Carnoy’s sources indicated that the Encore won’t be getting a hardware refresh like I thought it would. At this point it is probably going away.
There you have it, folks. The above is what I predict will happen Monday. Let’s see what happens.