Barnes & Noble is making a new Android-based Nook e-reader! Huzzah! The latter isn't exactly news - there's always a successor to the current model in the pipeline. But according to an in-depth report in The New York Times, the bookseller is preparing a new model of the Nook for release some time this spring. Executives, blissfully anonymous, were noted in the multi-page analysis of the current e-reader market. The new Nook was described as a "fifth device", implying that it's not a refresh or retread of the Nook Color, Nook Tablet or standard e-ink models.

The question in that case is, where does Barnes & Noble go from here? They've got every price point from just south of $100 to $250 covered, and anything larger than the current Nook Color and Nook Tablet definitely falls into the more premium tablet range. Extending the range in either direction is possible: a large 9-10-inch tablet would compete directly with the iPad and more expensive premium Android tablets, not to mention the rumored expansion of B&N's primary competitor. But a real boon would be an even cheaper reader. Imagine how many impulse buys a $50 e-ink Nook would rack up, each one making back any losses with sales in Nook bookstore.

It's all good to us - B&N has used Android-based software since the very first Nook, and it's made the family of e-readers a favorite among modders. Modders aren't exactly in favor at the company, however: a series of updates to the flagship Nook Tablet model has made rooting and custom ROMs extremely difficult for would-be budget flashers. An easy solution for all current Nook Tablet software has been reached, but it's always just one more update from Barnes & Noble that tends to muck things up.

[via Cnet]

  • Anonymous

    Awwww im rooting for the Nook. Its like the little engine the could. 🙂 Go B&N!

  • ML

    After what B&N pulled off with the Nook Tablet OS “update” I can only say, Rotsa Ruck!
    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me…

  • Mynameis832

    Only get their tablets if you plan to root them. I have the NT and it absolutely sucked for the first few days. Then I rooted it. Now it is amazing.

    • Littlered19

      I’mtrying to figure out how to root mine. Please help…. thank you

  • guest

    Maybe a tablet that can do textbooks? A 10.2 inch with a 4:3 ratio and more contracts with textbook authors could break the iPad. And make it compatible with the stylus’. Being able to right in a book or a magazine would be awesome

    Ice Cream Sandwich!