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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, 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. 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, you can read any Nook Store book for one hour once per day while connected to Wi-Fi with a Nook device.
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 an 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM.
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 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. 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.
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 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 premium quality enhanced ereaders Nook launched in 2012 (the NOOK HD and HD+, 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 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat on a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU with 1.5GB RAM, Wifi, and Bluetooth, in addition to a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 3MP rear camera, screen resolution of 1280 x 800, and a $199 retail price; roughly $80 more than comparable tablets that don’t carry a Samsung brand).
It is notable that two months earlier (on April 17, 2014), Samsung had announced it was discontinuing its ebook store effective July 1, 2014 and had partnered with Amazon to introduce the Kindle for Samsung app, which will permit Galaxy device users using Android 4.0 and up to buy and read content from Amazon’s catalog of periodicals and ebooks, and a free book service, Samsung Book Deals, that will allow users of the co-branded app to choose one free ebook monthly from a selection provided by Amazon.
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".
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.
The 7-inch Nook Tablet with 16 GB of internal storage became available on November 17, 2011 for US$249. A version with 8G 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.
All models have the following features:
|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.
Barnes & Noble offers a variety of apps, free of charge, with which to access NOOK digital reading material:
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.