Quick update to this post on “Kindle killers” from a few weeks back.
Barnes & Noble, which recently announced that its own e-reader, the $259 Nook (pictured), will debut in its stores on November 30, said today that it will also carry Plastic Logic’s much-anticipated device, the Que.
It’s an expansion of a previously announced partnership, which already had Barnes & Noble powering Que’s online store.
Earlier this month, Plastic Logic said that it will unveil the Que at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7, 2010. The Que’s e-ink screen is 8.5 x 11 inches, less than a 1/3 inch thick and will be WiFi-enabled via AT&T’s 3G network, Plastic Logic says. It will be able to handle PDFs, Word and Excel documents, too. The company says the battery “can last days, instead of hours.” No word on the price or release date yet.
The move gives both devices some brick-and-mortar leverage in the e-reader war with Amazon’s Kindle.
Here’s a statement from Barnes & Noble William J. Lynch, president of BN.com: “Carrying nook and QUE allows us to provide consumers a one-stop destination in Barnes & Noble stores to demo and buy two of the best eBook readers on the market. It also supports our digital strategy to offer customers choice, expand the market overall, and deliver on our promise to provide any book, any time, anywhere.”