It looks like Barnes & Noble is planning something big for Monday, November 7th. We just received an invitation, shown above, to a press event that morning. Though the company hasn’t said what it plans to say, we can only guess that the “very special announcement” will involve a new version of its Nook Color eReader.
For a year now, the original Nook Color has been the gold standard in color eReaders and low-cost tablets. The Android-powered, 7-inch slate offers a wide selection of eBooks and Barnes & Noble-approved apps surrounded by an attractive, consumer-friendly UI.
However, since Amazon announced its gorgeous, dual-core powered Kindle Fire tablet earlier this month, we’ve been waiting for Barnes & Noble’s response. As of today, the original Nook Color remains $249, $50 more than the Kindle Fire, yet with less speed, fewer apps, a duller screen, and no real music / video partners.
We predict that the new Nook Color will boast improved video and music choices, along with additional power and a brighter screen. We’ll be at the event on Monday morning so stay tuned.