Barnes & Noble has sent out invitations to a New York event next week, where many expect the company will launch its own electronic-book model.
"Barnes & Noble cordially invites you to a major event in the company's history," Barnes & Noble said in an invitation received by CNET News. The launch comes conveniently (especially for this San Francisco-based reporter) two days before Microsoft uses New York as the launch pad for Windows 7.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Barnes & Noble is working on its own e-reader to rival products from Amazon and Sony. Barnes & Noble has already struck deals to serve as the bookstore for e-readers made by others, including Plastic Logic.
Back in 2000, Barnes & Noble launched an e-book store, but discontinued sales of electronic books three years later.