“Barnes & Noble Inc took a shot at archrival Amazon.com on Wednesday, unveiling its own lighter and thinner hi-definition tablets that can accommodate multiple users in a bid to win a bigger share of the exploding tablet market,” Phil Wahba reports for Reuters.

“The largest U.S. bookstore chain introduced the new devices with price tags ranging from $199 for a 7-inch Nook HD tablet with 8 gigabytes of memory, to $299 for a 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet, similar in size to Apple Inc’s market-leading iPad, with 32 GB of memory,” Wahba reports. ” Barnes & Noble added innovative features that would allow each a family to share a Nook tablet, with each user able to create a home page and customize preferences, the first table to do so. There are also parental controls that can prevent kids from reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” or go shopping on the digital store.”

Wahba reports, “The 7-inch tablet weighs 11.1 ounces. Its larger sibling is 18.2 ounces, making it lighter than the iPad and making them both more appropriate for reading, he added. The iPad weighs about 23 ounces.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ specs:
• 9.46 x 6.41 x 0.45 (240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm)
• 18.17 oz (515 g)
• 9-inch diagonal, 1920 x 1280 pixels, 256 ppi IPS LCD
• Capacitive, Multi-touch
• 1024 MB RAM
• Built-in storage: 16 GB, Maximum User Storage: 13 GB
• microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

• Accelerometer
• 802.11 b, g, n
• USB 2.0
• microUSB
• HDMI