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Barnes and Noble Nook ship date pushed to 2010

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A Barnes and Noble Nook in time for Christmas? Don't bet on it. Last month, Barnes and Noble announced it had sold out of its much-hyped e-reader, and told some consumers they would have to wait until after the holidays to get their hands on a Nook.

Now, Barnes and Noble has pushed back the official Nook ship date to the second week in Jan., much too late to reap the benefits of the Christmas shopping rush.

Select Barnes and Noble stores will reportedly still sell the new e-reader on Dec. 7. But as Engadget's Thomas Ricker writes, the shortage on Nooks will likely mean that most consumers leave the stores empty-handed.

"Unless you're planning on abandoning ship and helping the Kindle have its new best month ever, the realistic [gift-giving] choices are pretty clear: a) pay Tickle Me Elmo-like prices on eBay or b) drop an IOU in a nicely wrapped box, preferably with a cute puppy," Ricker jokes. "We suggest the latter."

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