SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Barnes & Noble on Monday launched a Wi-Fi version of Nook, an electronic book (e-book) reader developed by the largest bookseller in the United States.
|Barnes & Noble's new version of Nook(Photo source:WeiPhone.com)|
Barnes & Noble said it will offer customers free access to AT&T 's entire nationwide Wi-Fi network, and customers can use the Nook to browse the Web and shop its eBookstore of over one million e- books, periodicals and other digital content.
The Wi-Fi-only Nook is now available for purchase online and will begin shipping this week at the price of 149 U.S. dollars.
Barnes & Noble and electronics retailer Best Buy are expected to start selling the e-book reader in stores later this month.
Barnes & Noble on Monday also announced that it is cutting the price of its 3G Nook from 259 dollars to 199 dollars.
The new price for Nook 3G marks the market's first dedicated full-featured e-book reader that offers both free 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity but is priced at less than 200 dollars, Barnes & Noble said in a statement.
The first Nook was unveiled in October 2009. The device is seen as a competitor to Amazon's Kindle as well as Apple's recently- launched iPad tablet.