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M.I.S.S. Techcessories: Barnes & Noble’s Newer, Shorter, Nook

Tall and skinny is out. Short and curvy is in.

Well, now that Oprah’s final show has aired and she won’t be on daytime TV anymore raving over books (or dispensing free cars), zillions of people across America are probably going to stop reading anything other than blogs and restaurant menus.  Don’t let that be you.  And, unlike back in those barbaric 90s when Oprah first fired up the book club, you don’t even need to have actual books with you taking up space in your bag and causing all sorts of unnecessary shoulder problems.

Speaking of which, Barnes and Noble is about to drop a smaller, lighter, and cheaper version of it’s black and white Nook e-reader.  Unlike a lot of other e-readers out there, the second coming of the Nook is shorter and easier to handle thanks to its contoured design and matte black finish.  It weighs a mere 7.5 ounces and has a 6 inch Pearl display and an internal battery that can run on a single charge for (wait for it) up to two months.  It doesn’t have a physical keyboard; instead there’s  an infrared  ring around the screen that detects finger input and allows you to flip through pages as well as look up words, highlight steamy passages, make notes, and access the Nook bookstore (Nook Store?).  Everything is powered by Android 2.1, and there’s 2GB of on board memory (expandable via Micro SD card) to hold just about every book you could ever imagine reading.

This squat little number is shipping out June 10th (Friday) and can be pre=ordered now at Barnes & Noble’s online shop for $140.

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