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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] the Nook business became a separate company after a June 25, 2014 announcement.[8] 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][9]

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.



Nook GlowLight (E Ink)[edit]

Nook Glowlight

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.[10] Compared to the Nook Simple Touch Reader with GlowLight, the 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.[11] 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, its contoured back and lacked physical page turn buttons.[12]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (7.0" LCD)[edit]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

In February 2014, B&N announced a new Nook color tablet would be released in 2014.[13] In June 2014, Barnes & Noble announced it would be 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 first Galaxy Tab 4 Nook began selling in the U.S. in August 21, 2014[14] with B&N's Nook Division focusing on the software and content, and Samsung focusing on the hardware.[15][16] The product specs indicate that, 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,[17] slightly higher than the US$180 non-Nook Samsung version.[18] The microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 32GB.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (10.1" LCD)[edit]

On October 22, 2014 B&N released the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1. The Nook 10.1 tablet features a resolution of 1280x800 with a ppi of 149. The microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 64GB. Nook 10.1 has the same 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor that shipped in the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1.[19]


Nook 1st Edition (E Ink)[edit]

The device was two versions, a Nook that includes Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity, and one that only includes Wi-Fi.

3G + Wi-Fi version[edit]
Wi-Fi version[edit]

Nook Simple Touch (E Ink)[edit]

Main article: Nook Simple Touch

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".

Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (E Ink)[edit]

Main article: Nook Simple Touch

Nook Color (LCD)[edit]

Main article: Nook Color

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.[22]

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

Nook Tablet (LCD)[edit]

Main article: Nook Tablet

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[edit]

Main article: Nook HD

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.[23] 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.[24] 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",[25] following the resignation of former CEO William Lynch.

Nook HD+[edit]

Main article: Nook HD

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.[26] 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.[26] 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[edit]

All models have the following features:

Display typeCapacityMicro-SD
card slot
data (3G)
Screen size
Screen resolution
in pixels
mm (in)
g (oz)
Nook2009-Nov-30E-paper (E Ink) and LCD2 GByesyes1.5152 (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)$259
2010-Jun-21no329 (11.6)$149
Nook Simple TouchNook 2nd generation2011-Jun-10E-paper (E Ink Pearl)2 GByesno2.1152 (6 in)600 × 800165 × 127 × 12

(6.5 × 5.0 × 0.5)

212 (7.5)$139
Nook ColorNook 2nd Color2010-Nov-19LCD8 GByesno2.2178 (7 in)600 × 1024127 × 206 × 12

(5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5)

448 (15.8)$249
Nook Tablet2011-Nov-17LCD16 GByesno2.3178 (7 in)600 × 1024127 × 206 × 12

(5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5)

400 (14.1)$249
2012-Feb-228 GB$199
Nook HD2012-Nov-8LCD16 GByesno4.0.3180 (7 in)900 × 1440 @ 243 PPI194.4 × 127.1 × 11
(7.65 × 5.00 × 0.43)
315 (11.11)$229
8 GB$199
Nook HD+2012-Nov-8LCD32 GByesno4.0.3227 (9 in)1280 × 1920 @ 257 PPI240.3 × 162.8 × 11.4
(9.46 × 6.41 × 0.45)
515 (18.17)$299
16 GB$269
Nook GlowlightNook Glowlight Startup Screen.jpg2013-Oct-30E-paper (E Ink Pearl)4 GBnono2.1152 (6 in)758 × 1040165 × 127 × 10.7

(6.5 × 5.0 × 0.42)

175 (6.2)$119
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook2014-Nov-8LCD8 GByesno4.4.2180 (7 in)800 × 1280 @ 149 PPI [27]186.9 mm (7.36 in), 107.9 mm (4.25 in), 8.0 mm (0.31 in)274 g (9.66)$199


On December 1, 2011, Barnes & Noble stated that Nook and Nook-related sales for Q2 of 2011 were US$920 million.[28] The Nook had 13.4% global market share for E-paper readers in 2011.[29]

On October 29, 2012,[30] 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.[31]

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]

Barnes & Noble offers a variety of apps, free of charge, with which to access NOOK digital reading material:[32]

Nook for Web[edit]

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

NookStudy and Yuzu[edit]

Mobileread describes Nook Study (sometimes styled "NookStudy" or "NOOK Study")[33] 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."[34] 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".[35]

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 FAQ's: "You cannot use your Nook or mobile device to read textbooks as the screens are too small to properly view the contents."[35]

In The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder describes capabilities possessed by Nook Study that render it superior to other e‐reading software for reading textbooks.[36] 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 is not 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.

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."[37][38] Clicking "Get NookStudy Help" redirects one to the "NOOK Study Knowledge Base", where they can download the Nook Study app[39][40] as well as find answers to frequently asked questions.[41]


Compatibility issues[edit]

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).[42]

Locked file table[edit]

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.[43]

Lending restrictions[edit]

A book can only be lent once through the Nook's LendMe program.[44][45]

Downloading of NOOK Store content[edit]

"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?":[50]

"Re: What happened to Download option in My Nook?

Hi all,

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!

- Alex

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:[51]

"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[52]). But never mind B&N; let’s look at what readers should do next."


Spinoff of business[edit]

On June 25, 2014 Barnes & Noble announced that the Nook Media business would be spun off into an independent company.[8]

See also[edit]


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  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. 
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