Barnes and Noble colour and Android e-readers?

Amazon may just have announced an international edition of the Kindle but all American eyes are on Barnes & Noble this week, with rumours of two n

Amazon may just have announced an international edition of the Kindle but all American eyes are on Barnes & Noble this week, with rumours of two new e-book readers - a colour device from Plastic Logic, and an own-brand Android-powered touchscreen model.

The US's largest physical bookstore has ramped up its e-book offerings in recent months, launching a massive 700,000-title e-book store and impressive iPhone and BlackBerry apps with wireless downloads. A monochrome Plastic Logic device is expected to hit shelves here before Christmas (with exclusive links to the B&N store) but the revelation of a colour reader arriving in the spring of 2010 increases the pressure on Amazon to refresh its greyscale line-up.

If that wasn't enough, Gizmodo has heard that B&N is planning to release its very own reader with a touchscreen, virtual keyboard and wireless connectivity. The buzz is that this will be a 6-inch Android OS device, developed in-house and possibly arriving as soon as November.

Unless Apple drops its tablet soon (which seems unlikely), 2009 seems to be shaping up as a very e-book Christmas.