Barnes & Noble Plans Its Own e-Book Reader

Barnes & Noble Inc. plans to announce its own brand of e-book reader and could begin selling the device as soon as next month, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The device is expected to feature a 6-inch screen from E-Ink Corp. with touch input and a virtual keyboard.

The Barnes & Noble device is expected to also use a wireless connection to download books from the online e-book store that the retailer unveiled in July. It’s unclear how much Barnes & Noble would charge for the device. Products with similar features sold by Sony Corp. and Irex Technologies BV retail for $399.

Gizmodo reports that the new e-reader is powered by Google's Android operating system, the same OS that powers mobile phones from T-Mobile. According to Gizmodo, the device could launch as early as next month, which would put it on store shelves in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season.

For more information, read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.