Barnes & Noble has made an entrance into the UK e-book market with two E Ink readers and two brand new Android tablets.
The four NOOK devices will be available for pre-order online and in selected stores from today in the UK and range from £79 for the NOOK Simple Touch, to £269 for the 32GB model of the Nook HD+.
"NOOK Simple Touch puts the focus on reading instead of the technology, while NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is the first product to hit the market that is perfect for both outdoor and bedtime reading, with a built-in reading light. We’re excited to give UK customers the opportunity to enjoy both of these devices, plus one of the world’s largest digital bookstores with more than 2.5 million books, newspapers and magazines," said Jamie Iannone, president of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble.
NOOK Simple Touch
With a 6-inch touch screen sporting 800×600 screen resolution, the 7.48 ounce NOOK Simple Touch claims to have 25 per cent faster page turns and 80 per cent less flashing than any other eReader.
Costing £79, this device comes with 2GB build in (which can hold up to 1,000 books) and an expandable microSD card up to 32GB. The battery life is impressive – you can read for over two months (with wireless off) based on half hour daily reading.
The E Ink display gives a ‘just-like-paper’ reading experience and there are options to change text size and fonts.
NOOK Simple Touch Glowlight
The Glowlight version of the NOOK Simple Touch costs £109 and features breakthrough technology which creates a soft glow optimized for low light reading. This means no more arguing with your partner when you want to read in bed.
As well as low light, Glowlight also has an in-built anti-glare screen protector, helping reduce the glare from the sun when reading on the beach.
Glowlight is the same size as the NOOK Simple Touch, but weighs just 6.95 ounces.
"With the combination of the highest resolution screen, lightest weight and expansive access to content rendered in a digital quality never before seen, NOOK HD is the world’s best 7-inch media tablet," said William J. Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble.
"We designed our larger format tablet NOOK HD+, because we think there’s big demand from customers for a super-light, extremely high quality 9-inch tablet, at half the price of the iPad.
With a class-leading 7-inch 1440×900 pixel high-definition display, the NOOK HD will be giving tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7 a run for their money.
Priced at £159 for the 8GB model and £189 for the 16GB model, the NOOK HD also beats both tablets on price as well. Barnes & Noble say this is the lightest, highest reolution 7-inch HD tablet.
With up to 10.5 hours of reading and up to 9 hours of video, users have the choice of over three million books, magazines and newspapers to browse.
NOOK HD +
Almost matching the pixels-per-inch of Apple’s New iPad, the NOOK HD+ has a 9-inch screen displaying 1920×1280 pixels. Despite an almost identical quality screen, the NOOK HD+ is retailing for a lot less than the iPad.
Prices begin at £229 for the 16GB model and £269 for the 32GB model.
The NOOK HD+ supports 1080p Full HD and has a 1.5 GHz OMAP4470 Dual-Core Processor.
All devices are available for pre-order today with delivery planned for early October.
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