B&N launches new Nook and eyes international

B&N launches new Nook and eyes international

Barnes & Noble c.e.o. William Lynch has said he is looking at international opportunities for its Nook e-book reader, as it announced a new touchscreen device today.

The all-new Nook is being styled as the easiest e-reader on the market. It features a 6-inch touchscreen display and it weighs just 210g. The device offers up to two months battery life on a single charge and will retail for $139 (£85.89). It has wi-fi but not 3G and will ship into the United States this summer. The new Nook also features Nook Friends—a book recommendation-based social network that will be backed by MyNook, a website for sharing with friends.

Announcing the new device at a press conference held in New York today, Lynch called it "the best dedicated e-reader on the market". He added B&N is looking into international opportunities for the device but gave no further details. He said: "[We have had] lots of interest from folks abroad for the devices."

The announcement came just a day after the Canadian e-bookseller Kobo revealed its own touch-screen e-reader. The Kobo e-reader Touch Edition features infrared technology allowing the reader to swipe to turn pages, highlight phrases, zoom images, and also features a virtual keyboard. It's calling itself "the first truly international e-reader" and will be available in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. It ships in early June, with a suggested retail price of $130 (£80.31). Like the new Nook, it has wi-fi but not 3G.