The Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader Is a Knockout

The much ballyhooed e-book reader from Barnes & Noble (s bks) was officially announced today, as jkOnTheRun reports, and it has a good chance of giving Amazon’s (s amzn) Kindle a run for its money. The $259 Android-based Nook is smaller and thinner than originally thought, and has a small color LCD touchscreen at the bottom that augments the 6-inch E-ink screen above it. The Nook comes with free 3G via AT&T (s t), and launches the day after Spring Design’s similar device. You can find out much more about the impressive Nook here.