One month after it announced a large Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble today revealed a smaller 7-inch version which may make more sense for its customers.

“The new NOOK 7-inch tablet is a lightweight and affordable option for book lovers who also want the ability to browse, send emails, and listen to music,” B&N’s Bill Wood says. “We think this new tablet will delight both current NOOK users as well as introduce new customers to this affordable NOOK device.”

The new Nook 7″ tablet is an alternative to Amazon’s line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. But it comes with a major advantage: It’s a real Android tablet that comes with the Google Play Store. So you run any Android apps you want, including the Kindle app if you’re so inclined.

Via Thurrott