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Barnes and Noble Introduces Nook Tablet E-Reader

Barnes & Noble(NEW YORK) -- Want a tablet computer? Confused by the wide array of products available this holiday season? Barnes & Noble just added another one to the mix. Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch introduced the 7-inch Nook Tablet on Monday, boasting seven times the storage capacity of Amazon's newly announced Kindle Fire tablet.

The Nook Tablet ($249) looks on the outside just like the Nook Color e-reader, but on the inside it has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with an SD card slot which can add up to an additional 32GB. That's twice the RAM and twice the storage capability of the rival Kindle Fire, which goes on sale Nov. 15.

Barnes & Noble is also tightly integrating its content partners into the Nook Tablet, preloading apps for simple use.

"We've seamlessly integrated today's top entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora in a product that's powerful, easy to use, under a pound, and a tremendous value," said Lynch. He said there will be thousands of apps available by the holidays, including the ever-popular Angry Birds. Battery life will be enough to let you read a book for 11 ½ hours or spend nine hours watching movies.

The Nook Tablet is available for pre-order Monday, and is expected to reach consumers by Nov. 17, right around the time the Fire ($199) will be available.

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