While Jeff Bezos is busy investing in a new 'golden era' for the Washington Post, Barnes & Noble's Nook division is beefing up digital access to the newspaper industry's farm league: the college paper. Through a licensing deal with UWIRE announced today, Nook users (yes, that includes the free app) will now be able to peruse, sample and subscribe to digital editions of the hundreds of college and university papers included (e.g., Harvard Crimson, The Columbia Spectator, etc.). Depending on the school paper, issues will either be served up as standalone purchases, monthly subscriptions or both, with most subscriptions hitting a $0.99 price point. There's also a 14-day trial period, so you can test out the collegiate goods before you go whole hog on that subscription for your alma mater.
September 03, 2013 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Barnes & Noble Announces Digital Editions of Leading College and University Newspapers Now Available on NOOK®
Through an Exclusive Partnership with Content Provider UWIRE, NOOK Newsstand™ to Distribute Digital Editions of Hundreds of College and University Newspapers, Including Harvard, Columbia, Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Plus Many More
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced today that it will bring newspapers from leading colleges and universities from across the U.S. to its expansive NOOK Newsstand offering through a newly announced content licensing partnership with distribution service UWIRE. The digital editions of hundreds of college and university newspapers will now be available across all NOOK devices and through the Free NOOK Reading Apps™. Major newspapers from leading colleges like Harvard, Columbia, Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and University of Texas at Austin, can now be purchased for as little as $0.99 cents per month. For more information, customers can visit www.nook.com/collegenewspapers.
"Through NOOK's exclusive partnership with UWIRE, we are providing a new and convenient way to stay connected with your favorite college or university," said Jonathan Shar, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Content, NOOK Media LLC. "NOOK is now the only place that provides easy access to over 500 digital editions of college and university newspapers, delivering them to students, alumni, faculty, and sports fans, across all NOOK devices and NOOK reading apps."
College and university newspapers will be delivered to NOOK customers and will feature an intuitive design that makes it even easier and more fun to read newspapers digitally. Subscribers to these newspapers will have new issues automatically delivered to their NOOK Libraries™ as soon as they are available to read across all NOOK devices and Free NOOK Reading Apps. In addition, NOOK Newsstand already features the largest digital collection of the top 100 bestselling magazines available for both digital subscriptions and single copy sale in the U.S., plus a large selection of leading daily and weekly newspapers, all available to try free for 14 days.
The addition of college and university newspapers to NOOK highlights Barnes & Noble's ongoing commitment to serve students with the latest innovations in learning along with access to the best in educational content. At the nearly 700 Barnes & Noble College campus stores nationwide, an expansive network of 4.6 million students are provided with an unrivaled selection of learning resources, including the NOOK line of eReaders and tablets. With these award-winning devices now featuring hundreds of newspapers from leading colleges and universities, Barnes & Noble College is continuing its mission to strengthen student and alumni connections.
For more information on NOOK, customers can visit www.nook.com or visit the NOOK Digital Shops™ and displays in any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 bookstores and Barnes & Noble College campus stores nationwide. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its neighborhood bookstores, with more than 35,000 NOOKSellers™ across the country ready to assist customers with setting up and getting the most out of their NOOK devices.