Competition in the ebook reader space just gets hotter and hotter. As expected, Barnes and Noble announced this morning an inexpensive monochrome touchscreen ebook reader tablet, the All-New Nook, “The Simple Touch Reader.” Priced at $139, the Nook Touch matches the lowest-priced ad-free Amazon Kindle 3 and features a similar 6-inch touchscreen, but is 10 percent squatter and features a two-month battery, more than twice as long than the Kindle 3, according to B&N. It will go on sale June 10, but can be pre-ordered now.
The All-New Nook also offers many of the lending features available on the Nook Color, and includes Wi-Fi. It also eliminates up to 80 percent of the often annoying page turn flashing, probably thanks to a new e-Paper graphics controller.
Nook Touch is the third inexpensive touchscreen ebook reader. Yesterday, Kobo announced it’s own lower-priced touchscreen ebook reader, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, which undercuts both Kindle and the Nook Touch at $129.99, while it’s first generation Kobo Wi-Fi drops to $99.99, $20 less than Amazon’s ad-supported Kindle. We’ll have a hands-on look at the All-New Nook later today. Update: read my First impressions of the New Nook