It appears as if Barnes and Noble, bookstore giant, is also following suit to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. Barnes and Noble is now accepting pre-orders to their very own Nook upgrades.
Barnes and Noble released two advancements on the popular eReader Nook. The Nook HD and the Nook HD Plus will make their way into the tablet market in late October of this year to compete with Amazon's upgrade of the Kindle Fire.
Barnes and Noble is now accepting pre-orders for both the Nook HD and the Nook HD Plus price $199 and $269 respectively. Both devices come with free shipping once they are in stock in late October.
The physical specifications on both models are quite impressive with a seven inch screen for the Nook HD model and a nine inch screen with the Nook HD Plus model. Both models are armed with Texas Instrument's OMAP 4470 1.3 GHz to 1.5 GHz respectively.
Although still an eReader based device, the Nook HD currently uses a version of Android 4.0 as its operating system, but users won't have access to Google's Play Store. The main features will comprise of eBook reading, light web browsing, and gaming through Barnes and Noble's own application library.
As for the moment, Barnes and Noble is taking the approach of Amazon's marketing techniques. The actual devices will sell for minimal price while actual revenues will be earned through the purchase of eBooks and applications.
However, it is important to keep in mind that Barnes and Noble is operating on a much smaller basis compared to Amazon. Amazon offers significantly more services than Barnes and Noble especially through the Amazon Prime platform.