updated 09:25 pm EDT, Wed May 4, 2011
Barnes and Noble confirms Nook reader on May 24
Barnes & Noble unusually chose to confirm plans for a future Nook with an SEC filing on Wednesday. The posting says only that an unveiling for a "new eReader device" was planned for May 24. It remained silent on details but admitted that it had been forced to make the filing after it hinted at plans in an analyst meeting.
Very little is known about the device's plans outside of its existence. The bookseller filed for a Nook2 trademark late last year and is very likely to keep running Android in spite of Microsoft's shakedown lawsuit. A Nook Color launch last fall, along with the Nook2 name, would also imply that the new hardware would use e-paper and not an LCD.
Barnes & Noble was one of the first to have a rival to the Kindle on shelves but has been one of the more conservative, without a direct response to the third-generation Kindle in 2010 and nearly half of 2011. The Nook line has still been strong enough to get the second place in e-reader share and is still well ahead of the iPad and competing platforms. [via Wall Street Journal]