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Barnes & Noble reader to get multi-touch 2nd screen?

updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed October 14, 2009

Barnes e-reader may have dual displays

Barnes & Noble's imminent e-book reader may make a second, multi-touch display its central feature, a leak shows today. Renderings, photos and details obtained today by Gizmodo show the device having both a grayscale e-paper display, like most readers, but also a small, full color, multi-touch LCD. The interface would not only give a responsive, adaptable keyboard but would be used to browse and pick books.

Such a layout would explain Barnes & Noble representative statements claiming a color e-book display that were rejected by the reader's creator, Plastic Logic. The contact may have mistakenly interpreted the second screen as evidence of color on the entire device.

It's unclear how the LCD would affect battery life. Most e-book devices can often run for days or at times weeks as e-paper draws no power when it's not being updated; a constantly active screen would hurt battery life until it switches off.

Similarly, it's uncertain whether lending feature will arrive intact, though the source for the leak suggests Barnes & Noble will use its role as a publisher to give itself heavily discounted prices on its own bookstore. Google's collection of public domain and out-of-print books is expected as well.

No confirmation yet exists for ship dates or pricing, though the reader is rumored to have both 3G and Wi-Fi and is likely to be costlier than the $259 Kindle.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    yeah for vaporware

    So are the licensing the tech from the iPhone, or what?

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the so called 'leak'

    I read on apple insider the leak couldn't reveal the projects internal code-name because it wasn't considered to be cool enough.

    Just what kind of leak is this, that takes its orders from the marketing department?

    This is no leak, this is just buzz ahead of the Oct. 20 announcement.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Huzzah

    So are the licensing the tech from the iPhone, or what?

    What would they need to license from Apple? Apple didn't invent the multi-touch display.

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