Barnes & Noble launches slimmer, lighter, cheaper Nook

The Nook by Barnes & Noble is few people’s first choice for an e-reader—most find themselves preferring Amazon’s Kindle or the Toronto-born Kobo.

Perhaps this will change, with the company announcing a new Nook. Lighter, slimmer, and cheaper, the new e-reader is a minimalist, simplified device that costs only $140 and claims a battery life of up to two months. 

The wi-fi only gadget will be available June 10. It has a 6-inch, black-and-white e-ink touchscreen and can hold 1,000 e-books.

Priced the same as the Kobo and with similar features, it will be interesting to see which consumers favour and if either can seriously compete against the popular Kindle.