(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Shortly following Amazon’s unveiling of new HD tablets, competitor Barnes and Noble followed suit on Wednesday, launching their own HD Nook devices.
Two tablets are available. The standard version, the NOOK HD, is set for a retail price of $199 while the NOOK HD+ will cost consumers $269.
The biggest difference between the two? The Nook HD+ has a 9” screen size while the more affordable version clocks in at 7”.
Discussing the matter in a press release, Barnes and Noble CEO William J. Lynch called the Nook HD “the world’s best 7-inch media tablet.”
He also discussed the reasoning behind the larger version. “We designed our larger format tablet NOOK HD+ because we think there’s big demand from customers for a super-light, extremely high quality 9-inch tablet, at half the price of the iPad,” commented Lynch.
Barnes and Noble initially released the first Nook in 2009. Since then, the company has launched three other version of the popular e-reading device.