Oct 13 AT 3:09 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Barnes & Mobile: Android eReader coming next week?

We had been hearing the rumors of Barnes & Noble launching an eReader this holiday season. The device has already passed the FCC and the Wall Street Journal is reporting it will launch next month. This past week Gizmodo claimed it will run Android and is now reporting on an upcoming press event. Barnes & Noble has sent out invitations for a “major event in our company’s history” that is scheduled for October 20, 2009.

Could this be the first Android eReader? Amazon has a lock on the market with their 6 inch Kindle for $259, but the addition of the Android operating system could help Barnes & Noble differentiate their product.

So would anyone buy an eReader powered by Android? What price point would you like to see?

The eReader will feature a 6 in screen, but not much else is known.

The eReader will feature a 6 inch screen, but not much else is known.

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  • http://www.tanenbaumconsulting.com Ethan

    I would rather see a solid eBook application for my phone. If I was to purchase this, I suppose it would be reasonable at a $250 price point with a bundle of free book choices at launch.

    For the app I would pay upwards of 20-30 dollars, and an additional $5-$10 per book.

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelhaydel Michael Haydel

    I’m totally in the market for an eReader, it’s just I’m not real fond of the DRM and tactics I’ve seen so far from Amazon and their Kindle. Which, is disappointing because I love their MP3 Store, and choose it 100% of the time over Apple.

    And, Sony’s reader seems to be a nice alternative, but, the problem their is the somewhat limited selection of books.

    All that being said, I’d definitely get a reader that’s powered by Android from B&N, assuming that meant that, if I so choose, I could read books on my phone. I can’t think of a time when I’d really need to do this (I’d most likely have the reader itself on me), but, I just want that choice.

    As for price point, I dunno, $200 seems like what I feel like paying for such a device.

  • http://simplyblog.net Miguel

    Yes, I’d buy an Android operated reader. But I’d like to know what other features or specials will come with the device. An application would be sweet but I like the 6 inch screen and the options that offers given how I intend to use it. Pricing: I’d like to see nothing higher than $220, $199 is fair.

  • http://soft.antonspaans.com Anton Spaans

    The OS is going to be Linux 2.6.24. But I doubt it’s going to be Android.
    The current device (at $399) is made by IREX (spinoff of Philips).


  • j.

    False. Liquid Plastic has the contract, and a leak from LP has confirmed Android.

    • http://soft.antonspaans.com Anton Spaans

      Liquid Plastic?
      Do you have any sources for that? I’m curious.
      It would be great if it’ll be an Android device! :-)

  • j.
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