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The Barnes & Noble Nook (styled "nook" or "NOOK") is a brand of e-readers developed by American book retailer Barnes & Noble,[1] based on the Android platform. The original device was announced in the United States in October 2009, and was released the next month.[2] 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.[3] 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,[4] and in November 2011 and February 2012 by the 16 and 8 GB versions, respectively, of the Wi-Fi only Nook Tablet.[5][6] On April 30, 2012, Barnes & Noble entered into a partnership with Microsoft that will spin off the Nook and college businesses into a subsidiary.[7] 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.[7][8]

To encourage visiting the B&N stores, you can read any Nook Store book for one hour once per day while connected to Wi-Fi with a Nook device.



Nook GlowLight (E Ink)[edit]

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" touchscreen with E Ink Pearl’s Regal wave, has Wi-Fi, and has a battery life of two months with wireless off. It weighs 6.2 oz with dimensions of 6.5" x 5" x 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 a 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM.[9]


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.[10]


Nook 1st Edition (E Ink)[edit]

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 reduced to US$199 on June 21, 2010, upon the release of the new Nook Wi-Fi.
  • The price was dropped to US$169 on May 25, 2011, in accordance with the announcement of the newer Nook Simple Touch Reader.
  • In early 2011, Nook Wi-Fi + 3G was phased out due to shrinking demand.
Wi-Fi version
  • This version of the Nook 1st Edition, which supports only Wi-Fi (not 3G Wireless), made its debut on June 21, 2010, at a retail price of US$149.
  • It was launched with Firmware Version 1.4 already installed. It is easily distinguishable physically from the Wi-Fi + 3G due to its white back panel, in contrast to the gray back panel of the Wi-Fi +3G version.
  • A price reduction was made on May 25, 2011, dropping to closeout prices of US$119 in accordance with the announcement of the newer Nook Simple Touch Reader.
  • In September 2011, the price was dropped again, to US$89.
  • In late 2011, Nook Wi-Fi was phased out due to shrinking demand.

Nook Simple Touch (E Ink)[edit]

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 7.48 oz with dimensions of 6.5" x 5" x 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 Reader with GlowLight (E Ink)[edit]

  • 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 $119.
  • On August 18, 2013, the Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight's price dropped to $99.[11]
  • On October 30, 2013, the Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight was discontinued due to being phased out by the Nook GlowLight.

Nook Color (LCD)[edit]

Released on November 19, 2010 and priced at $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.[12]

Salesperson demonstrating the Nook Tablet in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New Jersey.

Nook Tablet (LCD)[edit]

The 7-inch Nook Tablet with 16 GB of internal storage became available on November 17, 2011 for US$249.[citation needed] A version with 8G of internal storage was made available February 21, 2012 for US$199, replacing the Nook Color in that price range.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Nook HD and HD+ (LCD)[edit]

The 7-inch NOOK HD and 9-inch NOOK HD+ are the third generation of Nook's line of color tablet e-reader/media players and the successors to the Nook Tablet; both were released on November 8, 2012. In May 2013, they were updated to provide full access to the Google Play Store, which allowed users to install apps that were either higher-priced or were unavailable in the Nook Store.[13][14] B&N announced in June 2013 its intention to stop manufacturing color (non-E Ink) tablets,[15] heavily discounted the Nook HD/HD+ selling prices.[16][17]

Nook HD (LCD)

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's Instant Video service. The Nook HD was initially priced at US$ 199 for 8 GB and US$ 229 for 16 GB.[18] 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.",[19] following the resignation of former CEO William Lynch.

Nook HD+ (LCD)

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.[20] Announced on September 26, 2012, the NOOK HD+ is a 9-inch tablet with a 1920x1280 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.[20] Nook HD+ runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0.3.

Features and specifications[edit]

All models have the following features:

  • Micro-USB connector
  • Wi-Fi
Generation Appearance Release
Display type Capacity Micro-SD
card slot
data (3G)
Screen size
Screen resolution
in pixels
mm (in)
g (oz)
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)

343 (12.1)
2010-Jun-21 no 329 (11.6)
Nook Simple Touch Nook 2nd generation 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)

212 (7.5)
Nook Color Nook 2nd 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)

448 (15.8)
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)

400 (14.1)
2012-Feb-22 8 GB
Nook HD 2012-Nov-8 LCD 16 GB yes no 4.0.3 180 (7 in) 900 ×1440 @ 243 PPI 194.4 x 127.1 x 11
(7.65 x 5.00 x 0.43)
315 (11.11)
8 GB
Nook HD+ 2012-Nov-8 LCD 32 GB yes no 4.0.3 227 (9 in) 1280 × 1920 @ 257 PPI 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4
(9.46 x 6.41 x 0.45)
515 (18.17)
16 GB
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)

175.7 (6.2)


On December 1, 2011, Barnes & Noble stated that Nook and Nook-related sales for Q2 of 2011 were $920 million.[21] The Nook had 13.4% global market share for E-paper readers in 2011.[22]

On October 29, 2012,[23] 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.[24]

Nook e-Reader applications for third party devices[edit]

Barnes & Noble provides a number of free e-Reader applications to permit reading on devices other than Nooks. Selections include Nook Free Reading Apps, Nook for Web, and Nook Study.

Nook Free Reading Apps[edit]

  • For Computers
    • Mac
    • Windows PC
  • For Smartphones
    • Android
    • iPhone (& iPod touch)
  • For Tablets
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • NOOK Kids for iPad
    • Windows RT

Nook for Web[edit]

The Nook for Web tagline reads: "Read Instantly on any browser".


Mobileread describes Nook Study[25] 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."[26] 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."[citation needed]

In The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder describes capabilities possessed by NookStudy that render it superior to other e‐reading software for reading textbooks.[27] 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,, 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.

Now I’m really impressed. I love that I can search, Wolfram Alpha, and Youtube. I think this might be the killer feature for NookStudy (like indexed search was for the Kindle).

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.[28][29] 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).[30]
  • 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.[31]
  • A book can only be lent once through the Nook's LendMe program.[32][33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A; Fowler, Geoffrey A (October 20, 2009). "B&N Reader Out Tuesday". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 21, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ Fried, Ina (October 19, 2009). "Barnes & Noble's 'Nook' said to cost $259". C net news. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ Carnoy, David (October 14, 2009). "Barnes & Noble's 'color' e-book reader photos leaked". C net news. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ Cheng, Jacqui (May 24, 2011). "Barnes & Noble goes after Kindle with Nook Simple Touch Reader". Ars Technica. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ziegler, Chris (November 7, 2011). "Nook Tablet announced: $249, available November 17th". The Verge. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Tablet – 8 GiB For Incredibly Low Price of $199: New Addition to Hot-Selling, Highly Rated Nook Tablet Line Offers Fastest, Lightest, Most Powerful Tablet with the Best in Reading and Entertainment, Now in 8GiB, at an Amazing Value" (press release). Barnes & Noble. February 21, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble". Boy Genius Report. April 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Barnes & Noble Booksellers". September 26, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Michael Kozlowski (3342 Posts) (2013-10-17). "Hands on with the New Barnes and Noble Nook with Glowlight 2013". Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  10. ^ 5 hours ago. "The year in reviews: 2013's best and worst gadgets scored and scrutinized". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  11. ^ Buckley, Sean (August 18, 2013). "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight gets another $20 price drop, undercuts competition". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Carnoy, David. "B&N drops prices on Nook Tablet and Nook Color". CNET. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ "New Nook HD". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ Dieter Bohn (May 3, 2013). "Nook HD and HD+ get full Google Play support for Android apps". The Verge. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Zach Epstein (June 25, 2013). "Barnes & Noble abandons Nook tablet hardware". 
  16. ^ Bradford, K. T. Bradford (June 25, 2013). "Citing declining sales, Barnes & Noble discontinues Nook HD, HD+". 
  17. ^ Shanklin, Will (August 20, 2013). "Barnes & Noble to continue making Nook tablets after all". GizMag. 
  18. ^ "Nook HD". BN. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ Joan E. Solsman (August 20, 2013) "Barnes & Noble backpedals on dropping color tablets"
  20. ^ a b "". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Barnes & Noble Reports Q2 Net Loss Of $6.6M, Says NOOK Is Now A $220 Million Business". TechCrunch. December 1, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Microsoft and Barnes & Noble team up on e-reader business". LA Times. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  23. ^ Last-minute delay to UK Nook launch, Lisa Campbell, The Bookseller, London. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  24. ^ Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+ tablets will come to UK in November, Ian Steadman,, 26 September,2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  25. ^ Nook Study, Barnes & Noble 
  26. ^ "Nookstudy". Mobile Read. 
  27. ^ "Software News: NookStudy is a serious threat to the Kindle textbook market". The Digital Reader. August 3, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires". Techdirt. November 26, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Barnes & Noble: That Ebook is Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires". Mashable. November 28, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Nook for Mac stopped working after upgrade to Mountain Lion". Book Clubs. Barnes & Noble. p. 2. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  31. ^ "FAQ: Why does app not support collections on the Kindle or shelves on the Nook?". Calibre Manual. 
  32. ^ "Barnes & Noble Knowledge Base: Guidelines for Lending and Borrowing Books on Your Nook® Device". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Nook Book Discussion: Lend Me". Book clubs. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 

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