Barnes & Noble, Inc. has unveiled their latest version of the Nook, promising it is lighter and simpler to use than prior versions…not to mention less expensive.
“We’re convinced this is the best value in the dedicated e-reader market,” said Chief Executive Officer William Lynch. The device can be used for two months on a single battery charge according to Lynch.
The e-ink reader is available for pre-order now, and will ship or be available at retail outlets for purchase on June 10. It will sell for $139 and can hold up to 1,000 electronic books.
Barnes & Noble’s unveiling showed the new version allows users to search highlighted words and passages and adjust font size with an on-screen keyboard.
The latest Nook weighs 7.5 ounces (compared to 8.5 ounces for the newest Kindle) and is 35% lighter than the original Nook. The iPad 2 holds three times as many books at the latest Nook, but weighs 1.3 pounds.
Another option in the e-reader market is the Kobo, available next month for $129.99. Kobo unveiled its new model, the Kobo WiFi Touch Edition, one day before Barnes and Noble unveiled their new Nook.
Kobo’s new touch-screen model shares the same Neonode infrared technology Sony uses in their touch-screen e-readers. It offers 1 GB of onboard storage, with a Micro SD expansion slot that can handle up to an addition 32 GB. The battery can last up to two weeks, and it is lighter than the Nook at 7.05 ounces. It comes in an assortment of colors.
It is currently available on a pre-order basis, with shipment next month.
Industry experts anticipate a new e-ink Kindle to be released by Amazon this fall, likely including touch screen technology.