Barnes & Noble's rumored e-book reader is closer to becoming a reality after photos leaked online today.


Barnes & Noble's E-Reader (Credit: Gizmodo)

Gizmodo on Wednesday published more details about the device and pictures. Sources have said in the past that the device is expected to be produced by Plastic Logic.

Quoting a source from within Barnes & Noble, Gizmodo said the gadget was close to hitting store shelves:

The Barnes & Noble e-reader project, set to be revealed next week, has been under development for years, with several devices of varying size and capability in the pipeline. First rumors said it would have a color e-ink screen. Then people said it didn’t. They were both kind of right: The layout will feature a black and white e-ink screen like the Kindle has—and a multitouch display like an iPhone underneath, according to the website.

Photos of the device show an 800×600 pixel paper screen that features a small multi-touch LCD that would allows users to tap out search terms and notes.

The LCD screen also seems as if it can be configured as a QWERTY keyboard for searching. The LCD supposedly turns off when the user is reading the e-book, Gizmodo said.

Price of the device has not been disclosed, but is believed to be cheaper than the Kindle.