Samsung's Barnes & Noble Ereader Launch Ruined By The Nook

I respect what Barnes & Noble is doing with this multi-reader ebook strategy, and I'm glad Samsung's finally been brought in from the cold, into the warm presence of a real ebook collection, but $US400 for this thing? Really?

A six-inch-screened device with a sliding keypad, the Samsung E4's biggest draw is probably its stylus, which allows for full, paper-style annotation and note-taking. But the dual-display Nook, which itself is considered one of the pricier ereaders, costs a full $US140 less - a gap that'll stare every potential E4 buyer right in the face, since the two readers will be sold side-by-side in Barnes & Noble stores. I mean hell, E-Ink is E-Ink, and you could almost buy a spare Sony Reader Pocket Edition with that kind of money. UPDATED: The price is actually $US300; dropped from the original official price of $US400. It's not clear if the readers will be sold in stores, or if they'll merely tap into B&N's book store.

The Samsung E4 will arrive in Barnes & Noble Stores, awkwardly, in a few months' time. [MarketWatch]