Barnes & Noble’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that makes mention of “an announcement on May 24, 2011, regarding the launch of a new eReader device” has become official as the company has sent out press invites. The invitation sports clean design and reveals nothing beyond noting stating that “a special announcement” is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Interestingly, the press has been summoned at a New York City Barnes & Noble store, the same venue where the original Nook Color launched. CNET thinks an upcoming Nook successor will be touch-enabled. The basis for this, the publication explains, is a recent trademark filing for the phrase “The Simple Touch Reader”. Punidts, however, seem to be expecting a monochrome, low-cost device designed to compete with Amazon’s entry-level Kindle.

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