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

Nook HD+
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.[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 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.[13] 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[edit]

In February 2014, B&N announced a new Nook color tablet would be released in 2014.[14] 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.[15] with B&N's Nook Division focusing on the software and content, and Samsung focusing on the hardware[16][17] 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).[18]

In reporting on Barnes & Noble's June 5, 2014 announcement that the bookseller would be would be teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets, the Associated Press noted: [19]

"Barnes & Noble says it will continue to make and sell its $99 Nook GlowLight[sic] e-readers and provide customer support."
"The company also says it is moving its Nook employees out of its Palo Alto, Calif., offices to save money. Employees are expected to move to a smaller space in nearby Santa Clara, Calif., by July."
"Its shares rose 67 cents, or 3.5%, to $19.57. Its shares have risen more than 26% so far this year."

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.[20]


Nook 1st Edition (E Ink)[edit]

3G + Wi-Fi version
Wi-Fi version

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 7.48 oz with dimensions of 6.5" x 5" x 0.47".

Nook Simple Touch Reader 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 $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.[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]

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 Glowlight2013-Oct-30E-paper (E Ink Pearl)4 GBnono2.1152 (6 in)758 × 1040165 × 127 × 10.7

(6.5 × 5.0 × 0.42)

175.7 (6.2)$119


On December 1, 2011, Barnes & Noble stated that Nook and Nook-related sales for Q2 of 2011 were $920 million.[23] The Nook had 13.4% global market share for E-paper readers in 2011.[24]

On October 29, 2012,[25] 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.[26]

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:[27]

Nook for Web[edit]

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


Mobileread describes Nook Study[28] 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."[29] 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."[30]

In The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder describes capabilities possessed by NookStudy that render it superior to other e‐reading software for reading textbooks.[31] 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]


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  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. 
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  10. ^ 5 hours ago. "The year in reviews: 2013's best and worst gadgets scored and scrutinized". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
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  12. ^ Joan E. Solsman (August 20, 2013) "Barnes & Noble backpedals on dropping color tablets"
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  14. ^ Welch, Chris (February 26, 2014). "Not dead yet: Barnes & Noble will release new Nook tablet this year". The Verge. 
  15. ^ Reisinger, Don. "Samsung, Barnes & Noble team up on tablet design (The arrival of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook effectively ends Barnes & Noble's ill-fated foray into hardware design. But what's in it for Samsung?)". CNET. 
  16. ^ Associated Press (June 5, 2014). "Barnes & Noble enlists Samsung for Nook tablet". USA Today. 
  17. ^ "Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK Combines Leading Samsung Tablet Technology with the Award-Winning NOOK® Reading Experience". Business Wire (New York & Ridgefield Park, N.J.). June 05, 2014. 
  18. ^ Hoffelder, Nate (June 5th, 2014). "Samsung Scores New eBook Coup – Will Develop Co-Branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Tablet". The Digital Reader. 
  19. ^ Associated Press (June 5, 2014). "Barnes & Noble enlists Samsung for Nook tablet". USA Today. 
  20. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (April 17, 2014). "Samsung and Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App". TechCrunch. 
  21. ^ Buckley, Sean (August 18, 2013). "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight gets another $20 price drop, undercuts competition". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ Carnoy, David. "B&N drops prices on Nook Tablet and Nook Color". CNET. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Free NOOK Reading Apps". Retrieved June 2014. 
  28. ^ Nook Study, Barnes & Noble 
  29. ^ "Nookstudy". Mobile Read. 
  30. ^ "NookStudy FAQ's". 
  31. ^ "Software News: NookStudy is a serious threat to the Kindle textbook market". The Digital Reader. August 3, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires". Techdirt. November 26, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Barnes & Noble: That Ebook is Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires". Mashable. November 28, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Nook for Mac stopped working after upgrade to Mountain Lion". Book Clubs. Barnes & Noble. p. 2. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  35. ^ "FAQ: Why does app not support collections on the Kindle or shelves on the Nook?". Calibre Manual. 
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