Publishers are counting on Barnes & Noble
The New York Times recently ran a long story about Barnes & Noble and how the fate of the traditional print publishing industry is tied to the fate of Barnes & Noble's retail outlets. Hidden inside that much longer story was a little tidbit about Barnes & Noble being set to launch the fifth Nook in the company's line of eReaders. There are no hard details about the upcoming eReader offered.
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CNET thinks that the new eReader could fall on either side of the spectrum. The device can be a larger screen eReader to combat the iPad, or smaller screen eReader aimed at the low-end market. Barnes & Noble is also set to roll the Nook out in Europe starting with Britain.
With that in mind it would be no surprise to a see device customized European tastes. It's interesting that even though Barnes & Noble is in the eReader industry the traditional print publishing industry is rallying around Barnes & Noble and hoping that the company can keep its retail stores open. With Borders having gone out of business, Barnes & Noble retail chains the last large bookseller remaining.