Nov. 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM ET
Next Monday morning, Barnes & Noble will take the stage in New York for an announcement. It will very likely be a successor to the Nook Color. That much we know, because if it isn't, the company will be dead in the water. According to an alleged B&N marketing leak, published by the gadget blogs SlashGear and Engadget, that successor will look like a Nook Color, be called Nook Tablet and sell for $249.
We contacted Barnes & Noble to ask about the veracity of the leaked documents, and they had no comment. To be clear, they didn't deny anything either, which is why we are proceeding, with due caution, to discuss what was in the alleged leak.
First, what we think makes sense:
Now, what smells a little off:
We'll stop there, because there's a fair likelihood that this is what's happening, and these concerns will simply morph into criticisms of the product line when it's announced Monday. If this turns out to be proved false, we will of course address the situation. But the entities who could easily dismiss it have not, and that's why we are bringing it to your attention.
Tune in Monday morning bright and early to find out how much of this is true, and what Barnes & Noble's battle plan vs. Amazon and Apple really looks like.
In the meantime, have a look at the whole set of supposedly leaked documents over at SlashGear.
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