The new Nook Tablet, which was originally planned to be released on November 18, will now be released on Wednesday November 16. This applies to both customers who have pre-ordered the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet for in-store pick-up and for those who chose to have it shipped to them.
The Nook Tablet is priced at $249 which is significantly less than Apple’s iPad, but still not as inexpensive as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet plans on making money the same way that Amazon plans on making money through the Kindle Fire—an online store.
The Kindle Fire, which was expected to be shipped out on November 15, was actually shipped out a day early, on November 14. Amazon officials said that the Kindle Fire was shipped out early to keep up with the high demand.
“We’re thrilled to be able to ship Kindle Fire to our customers earlier than we expected,” Dave Linp, Vice President for Kindle at Amazon.
It is clear that the release of both the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire anticipate big sale numbers this holiday season. This raises the question of who will compete. Is the Kindle Fire going to try and compete with the much more expensive iPad, or will its biggest competitor be the Nook Tablet?
Sources - Nook Tablet shipped early, Mashable.com:
Kindle Fire shipped early, Mashable.com