It's not often that we get word of a new gadget by way of an SEC filing, but Barnes & Noble has broken with tradition with an 8-K report that reveals its intentions to introduce a new e-reader. The form, filed earlier today, says that the company "indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch of a new eReader device," and goes on to say that the form was filed "solely to satisfy the requirements of Regulation FD." Said regulation was instated back in 2000 to address concerns over insider trading. All that sounds good to us, but we wish there was a clause that required them to include a spec sheet. Considering the Nook Color just got Froyo, is it possible we'll be seeing a Honeycomb version come the 24th? It looks like we'll just have to wait and see.

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Barnes & Noble to release new e-reader, according to securities filing