Barnes & Noble announced today, May 24, 2011, the release of the newest iteration of their Nook e-reader line. It is their first to feature both e-Ink and a touch screen. This puts it ahead of the Amazon Kindle, which lacks a touch screen.
The screen size is the same as the 6″ Kindle screen, but the device is smaller and lighter, due in part to not needing a keyboard.
Battery life on the new Nook is an astounding 2 months, double the length of the Kindle.
The touch screen is a special NeoNode infrared technology, the same used in the Sony Readers, which has no glare.
Barnes & Noble has also upgraded to the newest version of e-Ink, Pearl, which is also on the Sony and Amazon devices.
It uses an 800MHz TI OMAP 3 processor.
Altogether, this looks to be an exciting new release from Barnes & Noble!