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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 include both, and required either, Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity, 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 1 hour once per day while connected to Wi-Fi with a Nook device.



Nook GlowLight (E Ink)[edit]

Nook GlowLight

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 5" x 0.42" x 6.5" 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 Gloowlight 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 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".

Nook HD (LCD)[edit]

Nook HD (stylized 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.[11] 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.",[12] following the resignation of former CEO William Lynch.

Nook HD+ (LCD)[edit]

Nook HD+ (stylized NOOK HD+) is Barnes & Noble's first tablet capable of playing back movies and television shows downloadable from NOOK Video store at 1080p resolution.[13] 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. It 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.[13] Nook HD+ runs a heavily modified version of Android 4.0.3.


Nook 1st Edition (E Ink)[edit]

3G + Wi-Fi version
Wi-Fi version

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

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.[15]

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

Nook Tablet (LCD)[edit]

The 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.

Features and specifications[edit]

All models have the following features:

Display typeCapacityMicro-SD
card slot
data (3G)
Screen size (mm)Screen resolutionDimensions (mm)
Weight (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)
124 × 196 × 13

4.9 × 7.7 × 0.5

343 (12.1)
2010-Jun-21no329 (11.6)
Nook Simple TouchNook 2nd generation2011-Jun-10E-paper (E Ink 2)2 GByesno2.1152 (6 in)600 × 800127 × 165 × 12

5.0 × 6.5 × 0.5

212 (7.5)
Nook ColorNook 2nd Color2010-Nov-19LCD8 GByesno2.2178 (7 in)1024 × 600127 × 206 × 12

5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5

448 (15.8)
Nook Tablet2011-Nov-17LCD16 GByesno2.3178 (7 in)1024 × 600127 × 206 × 12

5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5

400 (14.1)
2012-Feb-228 GB
Nook HD2012-Nov-8LCD16 GByesno4.0.3180 (7 in)1440 × ×900 @ 243 PPI194.4 x 127.1 x 11
7.65 x 5.00 x 0.43
315 (11.11)
8 GB
Nook HD+2012-Nov-8LCD32 GByesno4.0.3227 (9 in)1920 × 1280 @ 257 PPI240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4
9.46 x 6.41 x 0.45
515 (18.17)
16 GB
Nook GlowlightNook GlowLight.jpg2013-Oct-30E-paper (E Ink)4 GBnono2.1152 (6 in)768 × 1040127 × 165 × 10.7

5.0 × 6.5 × 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.[16] The Nook had 13.4% global market share for E-paper readers in 2011.[17]

On October 29, 2012,[18] 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.[19]

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]

Nook for Web[edit]

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


Mobileread describes Nook Study[20] 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."[21] 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.[22] 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.


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. ^ "Nook HD". BN. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ Joan E. Solsman (August 20, 2013) "Barnes & Noble backpedals on dropping color tablets"
  13. ^ a b "". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ Buckley, Sean (August 18, 2013). "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight gets another $20 price drop, undercuts competition". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ Carnoy, David. "B&N drops prices on Nook Tablet and Nook Color". CNET. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Barnes & Noble Reports Q2 Net Loss Of $6.6M, Says NOOK Is Now A $220 Million Business". TechCrunch. December 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Microsoft and Barnes & Noble team up on e-reader business". LA Times. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Last-minute delay to UK Nook launch, Lisa Campbell, The Bookseller, London. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  19. ^ Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+ tablets will come to UK in November, Ian Steadman,, 26 September,2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  20. ^ Nook Study, Barnes & Noble 
  21. ^ "Nookstudy". Mobile Read. 
  22. ^ "Software News: NookStudy is a serious threat to the Kindle textbook market". The Digital Reader. August 3, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires". Techdirt. November 26, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Barnes & Noble: That Ebook is Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires". Mashable. November 28, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Nook for Mac stopped working after upgrade to Mountain Lion". Book Clubs. Barnes & Noble. p. 2. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  26. ^ "FAQ: Why does app not support collections on the Kindle or shelves on the Nook?". Calibre Manual. 
  27. ^ "Barnes & Noble Knowledge Base: Guidelines for Lending and Borrowing Books on Your Nook® Device". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Nook Book Discussion: Lend Me". Book clubs. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 

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