Nook app now packs VoiceOver support on iOS, fresh Android release tags along

Barnes & Noble's Nook app has reached version 3.3 on iOS and Android, bringing a handful of new features in tow. Headlining the iOS update are screen magnification and support for Apple's VoiceOver feature, which can assist the blind and visually impaired by reading content aloud. The app has also been gussied up for the iPhone 5's additional screen real estate. Both Android and iOS flavors of the application pack language support for French, Italian, German, Spanish and British English -- and indeed they've now cozied up to the Nook's UK storefront following the arrival of the latest hardware in that land a few days back. If you're fixing to download the spruced up app, Barnes & Noble recommends syncing your library before making the leap.

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Barnes & Noble Introduces Free NOOK® for Android™ and NOOK for iOS Reading Apps in UK

Easy-to-Use Free Apps Offer UK Customers Customisable Reading Experience on Android Devices, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Access Over 2.5 Million Digital UK Books, Magazines and Newspapers

Exclusive Free Books and Magazine Trial Subscriptions

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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, today announced its popular, free NOOK for Android and NOOK for iPad and iPhone apps are now available for download in the UK, giving British customers even more flexibility to Read What You Love, Anywhere You Like™ on a multitude of mobile devices. With free NOOK Reading Apps™, UK customers can use an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android smartphone or tablet to easily shop the expansive NOOK Store™ (www.nook.co.uk) of over 2.5 million books, magazines, newspapers and comics, and access their digital library anywhere they go.

Smart NOOK Sync™ technology means that customers can also automatically sync their entire library on the go, including last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across all of their devices. Start a book on a NOOK tablet or eReader and seamlessly pick back up on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone or tablet to keep reading anytime, anywhere – all without losing the page.

"Following the successful launch of our award-winning NOOK line in the UK, we're delighted to introduce our free NOOK Reading Apps that seamlessly bring millions of digital titles to the fingertips of customers who use Android and iOS devices, and to put our unmatched digital reading experience into the hands of even more Brits," said Jamie Iannone, President of NOOK Media LLC. "Our popular collection of reading apps have been downloaded millions of times in the US, and now UK customers can enjoy the flexibility to shop our vast digital catalogue and enjoy titles from their NOOK Library anywhere they go, whether they're using one of our award-winning NOOK products, an iPad, iPhone or Android device."

Combining a fully integrated shop with NOOK's award-winning digital reading experience, customers can browse one of the world's largest digital bookstores featuring new releases, bestsellers, classics, and a large collection from independent publishers and self-publishing authors through NOOK's PubIt!™ programme. UK customers can enjoy a free sample of NOOK Books™, and purchase and download titles in seconds to begin reading instantly. NOOK for Android and NOOK for iOS also offer access to the highly acclaimed NOOK Newsstand™, so customers can try digital periodicals for free for 14 days and enjoy a large and growing selection of popular newspapers and magazines by subscription or single copy purchases.

Barnes & Noble's adoption of open standards like EPUB format and its Adobe® technology partnership allows customers to enjoy their NOOK content on a wide variety of devices and platforms. Purchased content is always safe and secure through the free NOOK Cloud™, making it easy for UK customers to access digital books, magazines and newspapers from their NOOK devices, tablets and smartphones for reading on the go.

Featuring NOOK's award-winning digital reading platform perfectly optimised for iOS and Android devices, customers can personalise their reading experience by selecting from a variety of supported languages, professionally designed or customised themes and multiple font types and sizes. While reading a book, seamlessly search, add notes, highlights and bookmarks, look up words using the in-built British English dictionary and more. Pinch and zoom to navigate and explore even the tiniest details of popular NOOK Magazines™ and use innovative ArticleView™ to focus only on the text, and get closer to favorite superheroes and characters in NOOK Comics™ with Zoom View™, which puts the focus on individual panels for an even more immersive digital comics experience.

NOOK has recently launched a range of devices in the UK, including NOOK® HD, the ultra-light and highest-resolution 7-inch HD tablet, NOOK® HD+, the lightest and lowest priced full HD tablet, as well as the highly-acclaimed NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight E Ink® eReaders. The perfect companion to NOOK devices, free NOOK Reading Apps will give even more Brits, who already own an iOS or Android-based tablet or smartphone access to one of the world's largest digital bookstores. As part of the introduction of the free reading apps to the UK, Barnes & Noble gives new NOOK for Android and NOOK for iOS customers access to free books to begin their NOOK reading experience, and free trial subscriptions to magazines and newspapers.

More information and access to download free NOOK for Android and NOOK for iOS apps is available at http://uk.nook.com/nook-mobile-apps. Customers can also find and download NOOK for Android from the Google Play Store and NOOK for iOS in the Apple App Store.

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Nook app packs new features on iOS and Android, makes UK debut