Barnes and Noble Nook Color eReader officially announced

Nook Color official with November 19th launch date

Nook Color's backlit touchscreen to be power hungry

US retailer Barnes and Noble has officially announced the release of the much rumoured 7-inch colour eBook reader the Nook Color that will hit stores stateside ahead of the Christmas rush.

Dropping in around the size of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab, Barnes and Noble’s new Nook Color will forgo the power-friendly colour capable Qualcomm Mirasol technology in favour of a standard backlit colour touchscreen display with a 16million colour, 1024x600p resolution.

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This visually impressive display comes with its limitations, however, meaning the Nook Color, unlike the latest Amazon Kindle that can go weeks between charges, will have to be recharged after just eight hours of use.

With an inbuilt mono speaker and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack the Nook Color will feature a host of techy delights including storage for more than 6,000 books, expandable via microSD, Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to share notes and comments on content via social media outlets Facebook and Twitter.

Currently announced only for a US market, eager consumers will be able to pick themselves up a Nook Color and access the company’s expansive eBook store from November 19th for a rather reasonable $249 (£157).

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