Microsoft has always dabbled in the e-reader business, including a joint venture with Barnes and Nobles in 2012, when Microsoft agreed to invest $605 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital device and e-book business and its college bookstore group. The investment included a $300 million equity stake plus additional investments through 2017.
That fell apart by December 2014, but it seems that time may have been enough to result in the gestation and eventual still birth of a eReader by Microsoft’s then main device partner Nokia.
evLeaks has just revealed the above device, saying:
The Nokia Reader, circa 2013 pic.twitter.com/qScWXz1MBt
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 11, 2015
In the days of large phones and small tablets the device likely never had a chance in any case, but we wonder how many other secret projects are still to be revealed.