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.
To encourage visiting the B&N stores, a person can read any Nook Store book for one hour once per day while connected to Wi-Fi with a Nook device.
- 1 Devices
- 1.1 Current
- 1.2 Upcoming
- 1.3 Discontinued
- 2 Features and specifications
- 3 Sales
- 4 Nook e-Reader applications for third party devices
- 5 Issues
- 6 Spinoff of business
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Nook GlowLight (E Ink)
Announced on October 29, 2013, the Nook Glowlight (marketed as the "nook GlowLight") was released on October 30, 2013 at a retail price of 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 old Nook Simple Touch Reader with GlowLight, the new Nook GlowLight has a white exterior, a brighter screen, a boost in screen resolution from 800 × 600 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.
Engadget gave the Glowlight a 73 out of 100, saying it is the best Nook with its improved display, lighter weight and frontlight, but didn't like that it lost its microSD slot and contoured back and lacked physical page turn buttons.
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 is now currently priced 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. It is now currently only available in the 32 GB model, which now costs US$179
Nook HD+ runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0.3.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Nook
In February 2014, B&N announced a new Nook color tablet would be released in 2014 (August 20). In June 2014, Barnes & Noble announced it would be would be teaming up with Samsung - one of the leaders in Android-based tablets - to develop co-branded color tablets titled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Nook. The devices will feature Samsung's hardware, including a 7-inch display, and customized Nook software from Barnes & Noble. The first Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Nook will begin selling in the U.S. in August 2014, with B&N's Nook Division focusing on the software and content, and Samsung focusing on the hardware. The product specs posted by Samsung indicate that, in contrast to the Nook HD and HD+ launched in 2012, which "had screens and CPUs comparable to the best mid-level and premium tablets", the more budget-like features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Nook will be designed for a lower market tier. It will use 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 MP rear camera, screen resolution of 1280 × 800, and a US$199 retail price, a little higher than the US$180 non-Nook Samsung version.
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.
- 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 retail price dropped to US$99
- On December 9, 2012, the Simple Touch Reader retail price dropped to US$79.
- On December 4, 2013, the Simple Touch Reader retail price dropped to US$59.
- On late February 2014, the Simple Touch Reader was discontinued due to being phased out by the Nook GlowLight.
Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (E Ink)
- On April 12, 2012, a Nook Simple Touch Reader with built-in LED lights, called "GlowLight", was released with 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 Nook 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 8GB 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.
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)
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 a variety of apps, free of charge, with which to access NOOK digital reading material:
- For Computers
- NOOK for Mac™
- NOOK for PC™
- NOOK® for Windows 8
- For Smartphones and Tablets
- NOOK for Android™
- NOOK for iPhone® and iPad®
- NOOK® for Windows 8
- For reading in one's browser
- NOOK for Web
Nook for Web
The Nook for Web tagline reads: "Read Instantly on any browser".
Mobileread describes Nook Study as "a free e‐textbook application from Barnes and Noble that provides a suite of digital study tools. It is available for [MS] Windows and [Apple] Mac OS X." NookStudy cannot be used on Nook e‐readers; rather it is designed for use only on PCs, Macs, and iPads, and permits one to read e-textbooks "on up to two (2) computers".
NookStudy 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 NooKStudy application. According to Barnes & Noble's NookStudy FAQ's: "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 NookStudy 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 isn’t 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.
- 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.
- Nook for Apple Mac users have noted it 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).
- 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.
- A book can only be lent once through the Nook's LendMe program.
Spinoff of business
On June 25, 2014 Barnes & Noble announced that the Nook Media business would become a separate company.
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