Barnes & Noble Wows with First Look at Nook Tablet

As widely anticipated by the rumor mill, Barnes & Noble today expanded its portfolio of popular Nook devices with the introduction of Nook Tablet, which is being hailed by the company as its “fastest and lightest” device so far.

Executives for Barnes and Noble say the new tablet was designed for customers who want to read and be entertained with a variety of apps and media.

At the heart of the device is the access to HD entertainment. Nook Tablet offers access to popular movies, TV shows, and music through the top entertainment services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and others, plus a collection of high-quality apps. There’s also “fast Web browsing” and, naturally, e-mail.

Nook Tablet features Barnes & Noble’s award-winning color reading experience, with access to the world’s largest digital bookstore via Wi-Fi.

The tablet is now available for pre-order at and at Barnes & Noble stores for $249.

According to Barnes and Noble, the Nook Tablet will be in stores and in homes on or about November 17.

“In Nook Tablet, we’ve created the best wireless media tablet in the portable 7-inch class,” says William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. Nook Tablet’s VividView display has been designed to be the world’s finest screen for readability and viewing content. We’ve utilized that breakthrough display technology to bring consumers the largest digital catalog of color and interactive books, magazines, children’s books and high-quality apps through our Nook Store.”