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eBook reader from Nook is full-featured Android tablet

  • Published on August 25, 2014
eBook reader from Nook is full-featured Android tablet

Book retailer Barnes & Noble tried to reinvent their business when they started selling the Nook eBook readers. The initial eBook readers started out as black and white devices for reading text on screen. Later, the retailer expanded into color eBook readers that also provided access to digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions, along with video content with the Nook HD. The latest Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook is the latest step in their digital book business, and is being created by Samsung because Barnes & Noble’s own digital book readers never gained much traction.

Rather than being a bookstore trying to develop new digital devices, they are instead turning their attention to selling and distributing content, and have worked with Samsung to create the next generation of Nook eBook readers. As readers have been able to download ePub files to their iPad or Android tablet, or read digital books on the competing Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon, the Nook quickly became an also-ran in a crowded field of more full-featured tablets. Barnes & Noble announced they are getting out of the business of creating tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is the first product created from the partnership. Barnes & Noble also announced in June that they intent to separate the Nook digital book business from their traditional stores by early 2015.

Barnes & Noble has committed to buying 1 million Nook devices from Samsung over the next year, and is selling them across their network of 700 retail stores. At $179 the latest Nook tablets are priced a bit higher than the competing Kindle Fire HD from Amazon, yet Nook is offering $200 in free content with each Nook. The devices are more than eBook readers. While the Nook app is front-and-center, this digital book reader is also a full-featured Android tablet. This means that books can be purchased from the Google Play store, and even from the competing Amazon store by downloading the Kindle app. This flexibility, combined with the ability to use most Android apps, and free content may position the latest version of the Nook as a strong contender for those considering a tablet primarily for reading books, magazines, and newspapers.

American Graphics Institute will be testing this latest Nook for the InDesign classes and eBook training we deliver, incorporating anything we learn about requirements for styling, formatting, or creating interactive digital books into the curriculum.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.