Barnes & Noble expected to debut new e-book reader soon

Following a major upgrade for the Nook Color, Barnes & Noble is already expected to debut a brand new e-book reader before the end of May.

Following a major upgrade for the Nook ColorBarnes & Noble is already expected to debut a brand new e-book reader before the end of the month.

According to The Wall Street Journal, official details are scarce besides the fact that B&N has already filed for the mystery device with the Securities and Exchange Commission:

The filing said simply that the company, in the meeting, "indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011, regarding the launch of a new eReader device."

There are a few possibilities here. The WSJ poses the idea of a Honeycomb-based tablet, which would seem plausible in order to compete with Amazon's Samsung-made tablet that is rumored to be launching this summer.

Another way in which B&N could be competing with Amazon is a cheaper, ad-based tablet that would be targeted towards students and anyone else who doesn't want to shell out more than $100 or so for an e-book reader.

However, given how far B&N has gotten with the Nook Color in terms of technology and even sales success, it might be a step backwards to continue working on electronic ink e-readers. As far as those go, a price drop would be more welcome than a new model.

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