Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty
UK bookstore too
US-based literature retailer Barnes & Noble today announced plans to bring its popular Nook range of eReaders to the UK market.
The company has revealed intent to crack Blighty this October with the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.
On top of the hardware, Barnes & Noble will launch the Nook store, bringing roughly 2.5m digital titles across the pond too.
Nook eBook readers have been a huge success in the US and are a major challenger for Amazon's Kindle dominance.
Whether such impressive figures will be repeated here remains to be seen, but with prices said to be extremely competitive, the future for Nooky in Britannia shows much promise. ®
I love my Nook! It's gotten me back in the habit of reading again; I'd almost forgotten what a pleasure that is. Just finished Middlemarch and now on Daniel Deronda.
Apples and oranges - the Nook range are comparable (and in the case of the Tablet) far superior to the Kindle equivalents. There's also a thriving rooting community for them built in - my Nook Color was a full on Android Tablet about a year before the Fire even existed. The Color and Tablet reading app is also about the best ereader I've used (and I tried more or less all of them before settling on the Nook one).
There's also the fact that while travelling back home in Blighty a lot over the last year or so I've had a lot of people ask me about it and express a lot of interest once they had a play. I'm just wondering if this isn't all a year or two too late..
Until they get their act together
I am a loyal Amazon customer, with a Nook! I recommend using DeDRM and Calibre to ensure you have a copy of the ebook you have handed over money for in perpetuity. It is simple to convert it into any format you desire. I have my entire Kindle library stripped of DRM and working perfectly on my Nook, each book takes about 3 minutes of faffing about, roughly the same time as the download from Amazon.
Do B&N have the necessary rights to sell any e-books in the UK? The US publisher of a book, with the rights to sell an e-book edition in the USA, is not the same entity as the UK/Europe publisher. US-sourced ebooks have been announced as in the Amazon UK pipeline, they're very casual about what's available for pre-order, and promptly withdrawn when the UK publisher notices.
Re: The problem isn't...
Books purchased from the nook bookstore can only be read on a nook, so they are no better than kindles in that respect.