Barnes & Noble Nook
The Barnes & Noble Nook (styled nook or NOOK) is a brand of e-readers developed by American book retailer Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The original device was announced in the United States in October 2009, and was released the next month. The original Nook was capable of Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity and had a six-inch E-paper display, and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device. A Wi-Fi-only model of the original design was released in June 2010. The original line of Nooks was followed in November 2010 by a color LCD device called the Nook Color, in June 2011 by a second-generation E-paper device marketed as the Nook Simple Touch, and in November 2011 and February 2012 by the 16 and 8 GB versions, respectively, of the Wi-Fi only Nook Tablet. On April 30, 2012, Barnes & Noble entered into a partnership with Microsoft that will spin off the Nook and college businesses into a subsidiary; the Nook business became a separate company after a June 25, 2014 announcement. On August 28, 2012, Barnes and Noble announced partnerships with retailers in the UK, which began offering the Nook digital products to people in October 2012. In December 2014, B&N purchased the Microsoft shares of Nook, ending the partnership between the companies.
To encourage visiting the B&N stores, a Nook device user may read any Nook Store ebook for one hour once per day while connected to the store's Wi-Fi.
- 1 Naming
- 2 Devices
- 2.1 Current
- 2.2 Discontinued
- 3 Features and specifications
- 4 Sales
- 5 Nook e-reader applications for third party devices
- 6 Issues
- 7 Spinoff of business
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Nook name was devised by Rex Wilder while consulting for Ammunition Design Group. The name was among over 400 he created, and "Nook" was picked because it is an evolution from "book", it echoes some of the prose in Dr. Seuss's One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and it is humble and old-fashioned sounding.
Nook GlowLight (E Ink)
The Nook Glowlight (marketed as the "nook GlowLight") was released on October 30, 2013 at US$119. The Glowlight uses a 6-inch touchscreen with E Ink Pearl’s Regal wave, has Wi-Fi, and has a battery life of two months with wireless off. It weighs 175 grams (6.2 oz) with dimensions of 6.5" × 5" × 0.42" and has 4 GB of storage, of which 2 GB is reserved for Nook Store content and 512 MB for additional user content. The device uses Android 2.3 and it has an 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM. Compared to the Nook Simple Touch Reader, the GlowLight has a white exterior, a brighter screen, a boost in screen resolution to 1024 × 758 and a more durable silicone edge. Compared to the Simple Touch, the microSD card slot and page-turn buttons have been removed. On November 21, 2014, the Glowlight's price dropped to US$99.
Engadget gave the Glowlight a 73 out of 100, saying it is the best Nook with its improved display, lighter weight and front light, but didn't like that it lost its microSD slot, the contoured back and the lack of physical page turn buttons.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (7.0" LCD)
In February 2014, B&N announced a new Nook color tablet would be released in 2014. In June 2014, Barnes & Noble announced it would be teaming up with Samsung to develop co-branded tablets titled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The devices would feature Samsung's hardware with a 7-inch display, and customized Nook software from Barnes & Noble.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook began selling in the U.S. in August 21, 2014 with B&N's Nook Division focusing on the software and content, and Samsung focusing on the hardware. The product specs, matching the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 indicate the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook was designed for the budget market tier. It uses Android 4.4.2 KitKat on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon SOC with 1.5 GB RAM, WiFi, and Bluetooth, in addition to a 1.2 MP front-facing camera and a 3.2 MP rear camera, screen resolution of 1280 × 800, and a US$199 retail price. The microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 64GB.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (10.1" LCD)
On October 22, 2014 B&N released the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1. The Nook 10.1 tablet features the same specifications as the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, so it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor, 1280x800 resolution with 149 ppi and a 1.3 MP front camera without flash and 3.0 MP rear-facing camera. The microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 64GB.
Nook 1st Edition (E Ink)
3G + Wi-Fi version
- This version made its debut on November 22, 2009, at a retail price of US$259. It was offered with built-in Wi-Fi + 3G connectivity for free access to the Barnes & Noble online store.
- This has a six-inch E Ink display, and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device.
- The price was dropped to US$199 on June 21, 2010, upon the release of the new Nook Wi-Fi.
- With the announcement of the newer Nook Simple Touch Reader, on May 25, 2011 the price was dropped to US$169.
- In early 2011, Nook Wi-Fi + 3G was discontinued.
- This version of the Nook 1st Edition supports only Wi-Fi (not 3G Wireless), and is easily distinguishable due to its white back panel (in contrast to the gray back panel of the Wi-Fi + 3G version). Nook Wi-Fi made its debut on June 21, 2010, at a retail price of US$149.
- With the announcement of the newer Nook Simple Touch Reader, on May 25, 2011 the price was dropped to US$119.
- In September 2011, the price was dropped again, to US$89.
- In late 2011, Nook Wi-Fi was discontinued.
Nook Simple Touch (E Ink)
Announced on May 25, 2011, the Simple Touch Reader (also informally referred as Nook 2nd Edition) was released on June 10, 2011 at a retail price of US$139. The Simple Touch is a Wi-Fi only Nook, with an infrared touch-screen, E Ink technology, and battery life of up to two months (or 150 hours, offering approximately 25,000 continuous page turns with Wi-Fi turned off). The device weighs 212 grams (7.5 oz) with dimensions of 6.5" × 5" × 0.47".
- On November 7, 2011, the Simple Touch Reader's price dropped to US$99.
- On December 9, 2012, the Simple Touch Reader's price dropped to US$79.
- On December 4, 2013, the Simple Touch Reader's price dropped to US$59.
- In February 2014, the Simple Touch Reader was discontinued due to being phased out by the GlowLight.
Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (E Ink)
On April 12, 2012, a Nook Simple Touch Reader with built-in LED lighting, called "GlowLight", was released with a retail price of US$139.
- On September 30, 2012, the Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight's price dropped to US$119.
- On August 18, 2013, the Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight's price dropped to US$99.
- On October 30, 2013, the Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight was discontinued due to being phased out by the GlowLight.
Nook Color (LCD)
Released on November 19, 2010 and priced at US$249, the Nook Color comes installed with Android 2.1. The device is powered by a TI OMAP 3621 800 MHz processor, and has 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of flash storage, a 7" LCD screen, and a microSD expansion slot. On February 21, 2012, the price of the Nook Color was reduced to US$169. On August 12, 2012, the price of the Nook Color was reduced to US$149. On November 3, 2012, following the release of the Nook HD and Nook HD+, the price of the Nook Color was reduced to US$139.
Nook Tablet (LCD)
The 7-inch Nook Tablet with 16 GB of internal storage became available on November 17, 2011 for US$249. A version with 8 GB of internal storage was made available February 21, 2012 for US$199, replacing the Nook Color in that price range. On August 12, 2012, the price of the Nook Tablet 8 GB and Nook Tablet 16 GB were reduced to US$179 and US$199 respectively.
Nook HD (styled NOOK HD), announced September 26, 2012 and released November 1, 2012 along with the Nook HD+, is a 7-inch tablet with a resolution of 1440x900. It competes with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and comes in two colors: snow and smoke (a dark gray). It has a Texas Instruments 1.3 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB RAM. It can play back video at 720p from the NOOK Video store, much like Amazon.com's Instant Video service. The Nook HD was initially priced at US$199 for 8 GB and US$229 for 16 GB. It then sold at reduced prices at US$129 for 8 GB and US$149 for 16 GB.
The Nook HD runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0.3.
The Nook HD/HD+ line was originally planned to be discontinued, as announced in Barnes and Noble's 2013 Fiscal Year-End Report, due to financial losses. A few months later B&N President Michael P. Huseby announced that the company "intends to continue to design and develop cutting-edge Nook black and white and color devices at the best values in the marketplace", following the resignation of former CEO William Lynch.
Nook HD+ (styled NOOK HD+) is Barnes & Noble's first tablet capable of playing back movies and television shows downloadable from NOOK Video store at 1080p resolution. Announced on September 26, 2012, the NOOK HD+ is a 9-inch tablet with a 1920 × 1280 resolution. It competes with the similar 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD and has a Texas Instruments 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor and was initially priced at US$269 and US$299 for 16 and 32 GB, respectively. Then only the 32 GB model was available at US$179.
Nook HD+ runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0.3.
Features and specifications
All models have the following features:
- Micro-USB connector
|Nook||2009-Nov-30||E-paper (E Ink) and LCD||2 GB||yes||yes||1.5||152 (6 in) (E-Ink),
89 (3.5 in) (LCD)
|600 × 800 (E-Ink),
480 × 144 (LCD)
|196 × 124 × 13
(7.7 × 4.9 × 0.5)
|Nook Simple Touch||2011-Jun-10||E-paper (E Ink Pearl)||2 GB||yes||no||2.1||152 (6 in)||600 × 800||165 × 127 × 12
(6.5 × 5.0 × 0.5)
|Nook Color||2010-Nov-19||LCD||8 GB||yes||no||2.2||178 (7 in)||600 × 1024||127 × 206 × 12
(5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5)
|Nook Tablet||2011-Nov-17||LCD||16 GB||yes||no||2.3||178 (7 in)||600 × 1024||127 × 206 × 12
(5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5)
|Nook HD||2012-Nov-8||LCD||16 GB||yes||no||4.0.3||180 (7 in)||900 × 1440 @ 243 PPI||194.4 × 127.1 × 11
(7.65 × 5.00 × 0.43)
|Nook HD+||2012-Nov-8||LCD||32 GB||yes||no||4.0.3||227 (9 in)||1280 × 1920 @ 257 PPI||240.3 × 162.8 × 11.4
(9.46 × 6.41 × 0.45)
|Nook Glowlight||2013-Oct-30||E-paper (E Ink Pearl)||4 GB||no||no||2.1||152 (6 in)||758 × 1040||165 × 127 × 10.7
(6.5 × 5.0 × 0.42)
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook||2014-Aug-21||LCD||8 GB||yes||no||4.4.2||180 (7 in)||800 × 1280 @ 149 PPI||186.9 mm (7.36 in), 107.9 mm (4.25 in), 8.0 mm (0.31 in)||274 g (9.66)||$199|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1||2014-Oct-22||LCD||16 GB||yes||no||4.4.2||180 (10.1 in)||800 × 1280 @ 149 PPI||243.4 mm (9.58 in), 176.4 mm (6.94 in), 8.0 mm (0.31 in)||485g (17.11)||$349|
On October 29, 2012, the rival Blackwells and Foyles bookshops, the John Lewis department stores, the Waitrose and Sainsbury's supermarket chains and high street catalogue retailer Argos launched the Nook e-reader in the UK—and, from November, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablet computers went on sale in the stores.
Nook e-reader applications for third party devices
Nook free reading apps
Barnes & Noble offers free apps for various platforms, with which to access Nook digital reading material:
- For desktop computers:
- NOOK for PC
- NOOK for Windows 8
- NOOK for Mac
- For smartphones and tablets:
- NOOK for Android
- NOOK for iPhone and iPad
Nook for Web
The Nook for Web is a cloud based web reader whose tagline reads: "Read Instantly on any browser".
NookStudy and Yuzu
Mobileread describes Nook Study (sometimes styled "NookStudy" or "NOOK Study") as "a free e‐textbook application from Barnes and Noble that provides a suite of digital study tools. It is available for Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X." Nook Study cannot be used on Nook e‐readers; rather it is designed for use only on PCs, Macs, and iPads, and it permits one to read e-textbooks "on up to two (2) computers".
Nook Study offers two categories of benefits: the ability to read ebooks and other content that is accessible via other eReading devices, and the ability to read e‐textbooks purchased from Barnes & Noble, which are meant to be read on one's computer via the Nook Study application. According to Barnes & Noble's NookStudy FAQs: "You cannot use your Nook or mobile device to read textbooks as the screens are too small to properly view the contents."
In The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder describes capabilities possessed by Nook Study that render it superior to other e‐reading software for reading textbooks. For example, he writes:
…you can do multiple types of annotations (highlight, asterisk, question) and you can do asterisks and questions in 7 different colors. You can also attach text notes as well as search Wikipedia, Google, Dictionary.com, Wolfram Alpha, and YouTube. And I just noticed that you can attach a link to the webpage you just found through the search. Attaching the link is not easy, but it can be done.
Some of the other neat features include having multiple ebooks open in tabs, and a second TOC for annotations.
The Barnes & Noble website says the Nook Study has been "replaced by Yuzu", which the company terms "the next-generation digital education platform from Barnes & Noble." Yuzu is available as an iPad, web, and Windows 8.1 app. However, the Nook Study site does offer a link to the Nook Study program, explaining: "We understand that as a NOOK Study user, you may have some questions. On this page we will try to direct you to the appropriate websites to find what you are looking for." Clicking "Get NookStudy Help" redirects one to the "NOOK Study Knowledge Base", where they can download the Nook Study app as well as find answers to frequently asked questions.
Nook for Mac users have noted the app has compatibility issues with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. While the application requires OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, many users have documented the performance issues under Mountain Lion (and consequently all Macs sold since July 2012).
Locked file table
The file table on the Nook is locked, meaning that external programs, such as Calibre, cannot be used to automatically organize uploaded files. All organization must be undertaken on the device itself, one book at a time, and such organization cannot be backed up or saved elsewhere.
Downloading of NOOK Store content
- Purchasing Barnes & Noble digital content and letting the credit card expire prevents re-downloading of the content until a valid credit card is entered into the account. This is required because most downloads from Barnes & Noble have copy restrictions (DRM), and credit cards are required to unlock them.
- On September 17, 2014, Barnes & Noble removed the "download" button from many books in the My Nook online library, without advance warning. The removal of these buttons, which permitted readers to download copies of their ebooks and transfer that content to other apps or devices, upset numerous users. User complaints and inquiries, via telephone, email, online chats, and social media forums, yielded the following, standard B&N response:
We're sorry, but the ability to sideload NOOK purchased content has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience. — NOOK Customer Care (@NOOK_Care) September 17, 2014
On September 19, Forum Administrator BN_AlexG, posted the following, slightly more extensive announcement in a Barnes & Noble-hosted NOOK Talk Community Forum thread titled "What happened to Download option in My Nook?":
"Re: What happened to Download option in My Nook?
Sorry for the confusion and any inconvenience this may cause. As you see by now, the ability to download from the NOOK® website and then sideload certain NOOK eBooks has been discontinued. This was done as part of a recent security update.
However, content that has previously been downloaded can continue to be sideloaded to NOOK devices. Also, you can continue to access all of your purchased content through the NOOK Library® on any NOOK device or Free NOOK Reading App™ as you've always been able to do.
Additionally, customers can also continue to sideload other supported file formats.
Hope this helps!
Some savvy users, such as The Digital Reader 's Nate Hoffelder, responded by scoffing at Barnes & Noble's offering of security as a rationale and offering techniques and tools to download one's Nook books:
Given the ease with which one can strip the DRM from the ebooks bought at the Nook Store, I'm not sure exactly what security is gained by blocking the direct download option. (Kudos to Chris Meadows for guessing that B&N would be foolish enough to use security as their justification). But never mind B&N; let's look at what readers should do next.
Spinoff of business
On June 25, 2014 Barnes & Noble announced that the Nook Media business would be spun off into an independent company. On December 4, 2014, Barnes & Noble announced an end to its partnership with Microsoft connected to Nook. The company’s objective is to take the steps necessary to complete the separation by the end of the first quarter of 2015.
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