Barnes and Noble’s new touchscreen NOOK wins FCC approval

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Barnes and Noble unveiled its new touchscreen NOOK eBook reader earlier this week, and today the device won FCC approval for its WiFi capabilities.  Coincidentally, the new NOOK received FCC approval at about the same time that Kobo’s Touch eBook reader received the nod from the FCC.

FCC documents don’t reveal anything new about the NOOK, which is referred to in FCC filings as the BNRV300.  Barnes and Noble has already released specs for the device, which include a 6-inch touchscreen eInk display with an 800 x 600 resolution, 2GB of internal memory with additional memory supported via microSD card, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and a microUSB port.  The new NOOK measures 6.5” x 5.0” x 0.47” and weighs only  7.5 ounces.  The device’s battery is expected to last up to 2 months on a single charge with WiFi off.  The NOOK also has access to Barnes and Noble’s eBook store, which currently offers over 2 million titles.

You can preorder the NOOK for $140 here.  The device is expected to ship on June 10th.

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