From Shelf Awareness:
B&N is launching two high-definition color tablets: the 7″ Nook HD and 9″ Nook HD Plus, priced at $199 and $269, respectively. In the U.S., the devices are for sale online now and will be in stores in early November. In the U.K., the devices will be available to order in late October and will appear in stores in late November.
The Nook HD Plus is B&N’s first nine-inch tablet and is significantly less expensive than the iPad, which starts at $499. “We think there’s a space in the market below the iPad for a larger-format tablet that’s half the price,” B&N CEO William J. Lynch told the New York Times.
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Among other features, the company said the Nook HD has “the world’s highest resolution ever.” The tablets are also relatively light and are geared, in particular, toward book reading and families, the company said. Also, unlike the Kindle, they have “no annoying ads,” B&N noted.
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Because “the average American woman’s hand is 172 millimeters,” B&N designed the Nook HD “so that the average woman can easily hold it in one hand. This means the Nook HD is longer and skinnier than the Kindle Fire (both have the same size of screen but the Kindle Fire has a wider bezel).”
Link to the rest at Shelf Awareness