With all the excitement around Amazon and Apple’s new tablet announcements in September, there was little attention given to Barnes & Noble’s plans for the Nook. There will be two new Nook tablets coming out later this year to compete directly with Apple and Amazon. One, the Nook HD (priced at $199-$299 depending on storage), is a 7-inch tablet that will compete directly with the Kindle Fire HD, Google’s Nexus 7 and the 7 inch iPad that Apple will announce imminently. Barnes & Noble will also have a 9-inch table, the Nook HD+, that directly targets the iPad and Fire HD 8.9 inch. Couple the potential and value of these devices with Microsoft’s major investment in the Nook division earlier this year, and it is apparent you should not ignore the impact of these devices.