Barnes & Noble's arrival in the UK has been so well-telegraphed, you might be surprised to learn that today's the day the units actually launch. You'll be able to pick up a Nook Simple Touch or awkwardly-titled Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight from retailers such as John Lewis, Sainsbury's and on the company's new Nook.co.uk site. Access to Barnes & Noble's 2.5 million title e-book library will set you back £79 for the base model and £109 for the glow-in-the-dark version.
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London, United Kingdom – October 29, 2012 – NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is proud to announce that its critically acclaimed E Ink® line of NOOK devices – NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight, the first E Ink device with a built-in reading light – are now available to purchase in the UK.
Customers across the UK will now be able to experience first-hand the high quality NOOK eReaders in more than 1,600 top high street retailers. Both eReaders are on shelves in John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury's, Dixons and Waitrose, Blackwell's and Foyles and the bestselling eReaders are also be available to purchase through the newly live UK website: www.nook.co.uk.
Priced at £109, NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight was the first to combine an E Ink display with a touchscreen, built-in anti-glare screen for reading in any lit environment, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. This will come as good news to the 50% of Brits who are currently kept awake by a partner's reading light, according to research commissioned by Barnes & Noble in the U.K.
With a price tag of just £79, ultra-light and portable NOOK Simple Touch is an ideal Christmas present for the 24% of Brits who prefer to read on their daily commute to work. Both NOOK products offer excellent battery life – over one month on a single charge with the light on, or over two months with the GlowLight off. The intuitive 6-inch touchscreen means the NOOK Simple Touch is easy to navigate, shop and read and 2GB of built-in storage means that readers can hold up to 1,000 digital books.
Beginning today, UK bookworms can also browse over 2.5 million digital books on the NOOK Store, including top selling UK eBooks, new releases and classics, as well as UK favourite newspaper and magazine titles, such as Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, and The Independent. The NOOK Store also offers a large collection of titles from independent publishers and self-publishing authors through the PubIt™ programme.
Jamie Iannone, President of NOOK Media said, "We're thrilled to be able to bring our award- winning products and expansive NOOK Store to the UK's discerning customers. The NOOK brand was created for people who love literature and reading, which is why the UK was a natural place for us to begin our international expansion. Our extensive content catalog, intuitive shopping and reading experience, and breakthrough discovery tools like NOOK Channels are a perfect fit for UK digital book readers."
Barnes & Noble is also bringing NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, the lightest HD and full HD tablets, to the UK in late November and available to pre-order online starting today. The super-fast and lightweight 7-inch NOOK HD and 9-inch NOOK HD+ feature must-see displays for superior reading and entertainment and an instantly personalised tablet experience for each family member. Priced from £159 for NOOK HD and £229 for NOOK HD+ – the tablets deliver amazing value for customers, with NOOK HD+ at nearly half the cost of the leading large-format tablet.