If you're looking for clues as to what the next Nook e-reader from Barnes & Noble will be, a quick check of what trademarks the company has registered might give you a strong hint.
Fission LLC, the front company Barnes & Noble uses for filing trademarks, recently registered the phrase "The Simple Touch Reader."
You can read what you want into that, but we take it as a strong indication that the upcoming Nook, which will be announced
Sony's latest batch of e-readers use afrom a company called Neonode that works very well. In an effort to bring costs down and match the price points of the Kindle WiFi and Kindle 3G ($139 and $189 respectively), we suspect that Barnes & Noble won't include the color LCD strip that's found on the original Nook. We also expect the new Nook to be an Android-based device since both the original Nook and Nook Color are Android-powered. And finally, the new Nook may very well be smaller and lighter than the Kindle.
It's also worth noting that Barnes & Noble (under Fission LLC) also registered the trademark MyNook on May 4 and already registered Nook 2 last year. In the field "Goods and Services," MyNook is loosely described as:
Web portal services in the nature of providing a web-based system and online portal for users to remotely manage, administer and control electronic readers, handheld and computer devices, data, digital media, software applications and electronic publications, namely, books, e-books, magazines, newspapers, text and images.
Stay tuned. We'll have more concrete information as it becomes available.