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Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7 announced for only $50


Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7 announced for only $50

After unveiling a relatively affordable 10.1-inch Android tablet last month, Barnes & Noble has also unveiled a new Nook Tablet 7 in time for the holiday shopping season. The tablet is priced at $49.99 and aims to compete against the Amazon Fire 7 which is offered at the same price.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 10.1-inch announced for only $130



Barnes & Noble is looking to make a return to the tablet market with the release of their new NOOK Tablet 10.1-inch. As the world's largest retail bookseller, it made sense for Barnes & Noble to compete in the digital reader category, but the company somehow couldn't quite keep up with Amazon's offerings.

[Android app] NOOK Audiobook by Barnes and Noble now available on Google Play


NOOK Audiobook for Android by Barnes and NobleBarnes and Noble has just released their NOOK Audiobooks for Android app on the Google Play Store. The app allows users to have books read out loud on their Android phones or tablets. This is perfect for those on a long commute who need to catch on on their reading.

You can download the app directly on your Android device through the Google Play Store or by using the following link:

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Download from the Google Play Store
Price Free
Requirements Android 4.0.3 or greater

The App is also available to download on older NOOK Tablets through the Barnes and Noble Apps store.

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Price Free
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The app is free and when you sign up, Barnes and Noble will let you choose a pair of books (out of five) that you can listen to for free. The five books that you can choose from change weekly. Most books have a free sample that you can listen to. And if your car supports Bluetooth, you can listen to an audiobook directly from your car's speakers.




source - Barnes&Noble | Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1 announced for $299.99


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1

Back in August, Barnes & Noble partnered with Samsung for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. Now the book retailer has partnered with the electronics manufacturer yet again for a the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1.

The larger-screened tablet is now available at Barnes and Noble bookstores and online, for an introductory price of $299.99, while B&N members save an additional 10%. You also get $200 of free content with your purchase, including books, magazines, apps and television shows.

The new Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK features a 10.1 inch touch display with a 1280 by 800 pixel resolution, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 3MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, a 6800mAh battery, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 305 graphics and 1.5GB of RAM.

While the tablet in essence is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, the usual TouchWiz user interface has been replaced with Barnes & Noble's NOOK UI. The Nook UI is built with the B&N customer in mind, allowing them to quickly move between listings, for a great tablet shopping experience in both portrait and landscape mode. The new NOOK UI will also be made available for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK as a software update set to arrive next month.

Unlike Amazon's tablets which run a forked version of Android, the new NOOK lineup includes Google's apps and services, which means you get a full list of apps and content through the Google Play Store, besides whats available through the NOOK shop.



Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1 is an Android tablet built by Samsung for Barnes & Noble. The device features a 10.1 inch touch display, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM.

The full Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1 specifications follow:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK officially announced by Barnes & Noble


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK

Bookseller Barnes & Noble has partnered with Samsung to release their newest Nook device, which is known as the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. The 7 inch tablet is being offered at an extremely affordable $179 and even packs an additional $200 worth of content to sweeten the deal.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK features a 7 inch 1280 by 800 pixel display, two cameras, built in GPS and a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7 based chipset. The Android powered device has Samsung's Touchwiz user interface, which has been deeply integrated into the Barnes & Noble ecosystem of books, magazines and other content.





While the Galaxy Tab 4 is a bit more expensive than the fairly similar Amazon Kindle Fire HD (that sells for $139), it has one key advantage - a rich Android skin with full access to the Google Play Store. Amazon’s tablet, in contrast, only offers its Amazon Appstore catalog with a much more limited selection.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is an Android tablet from Barnes & Noble which features a 7 inch display, 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM.

The full Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK specifications follow:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets announced


Samsung and Barnes & Noble (B&N) have come together to announce their very first line of co-branded tablets, which they will be calling the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Last year, B&N decided to stop stop manufacturing its own tablets, but promised to keep the Nook brand alive thanks to “world-class hardware partners.” Well, it turns out that Samsung is one of those partners.

The first Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet (pictured on the left) is expected to be released in the US in August, and seems to be based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 which is currenttly sold for $199.99. The device will offer customized Nook software, providing “easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.” Customers will be able to find Galaxy Tab 4 Nook slates at Barnes & Nobles bookstores across the US, as well as online at bn.com.
“We are very excited and proud to partner with Samsung, a world-class technology and tablet leader, to create customized co-branded devices featuring our valuable Nook reading experience and digital content catalog for Barnes & Noble customers nationwide. Standing behind these great new devices will be the power of our 40,000 Barnes & Noble booksellers combined with our deep bookselling and retail expertise to provide sales support and personalized in-store customer service for our lineup of new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook products,” said Michael P. Huseby, CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc.
It’s not clear how much the first Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet will cost, but we are sure Barnes & Noble will continue offering a decent price in order to win over customers.


source - Yahoo Finance | Ars Technica |

Nook HD and Nook HD+ receive Google Play support software update


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The Barnes and Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ run customized versions of the Android operating system with their own App Stores. While they are available at very competitive prices, it is sometimes hard to choose one of these tablets due to the lack of official apps on their store compared to the vast number of apps available to Android tablets through Google Play.

However it looks like this is about to change as a new OTA (over-the-air) update which is being released for these tablets brings access to the official Google Play Store.

The update brings software version 2.1.0 and the official changelog states that users will get access to Google Services like the Play Store, GMail, Chrome, YouTube, Maps and more.

Generally companies like Barnes & Noble and Amazon use their lineup of tablets to bring customers to use their content. It will be interesting to see how directing their customers to Google Play content will help them on the long run, especially since they sell their devices at lower prices in the hopes that consumers will purchase their hardware and pay for their content on the B&N stores instead of iTunes or Google Play.

In any case the customers have a great deal on their hands here, and the B&N tablet has suddenly become one of the hottest choices in the affordable tablet market.

The update notification should arrive on your devices soon, but you can also consider manually installing the update by following the source link below.

[Windows app] NOOK updated (1.2)


The NOOK for Windows app has been updated to version 1.2 and adds the ability to sign in using your Microsoft account, while dramatically simplifying your reading and shopping experience. NOOK for Windows 8 gives you access to over 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics at your fingertips. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days.

You can download the update directly on your Windows 8 or Windows RT device through the Windows Store or by using the link which follows:

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Price Free
Requirement Windows 8 or Windows RT

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ - Video Review


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The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ features a 9 inch full HD touch display, up to 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The device is a great alternate to other full size tablets like the Apple iPad 4, Google Nexus 10, Microsoft Surface RT or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. It’s the lightest among its competitors and comes with a very attractive $270 price tag for its base model, which should win it some attention. You could even consider the 32GB version which is a steal at just $300.

Offering a better display than Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire in a lighter body, the Nook HD+ is clearly a strong contender in the tablet market. But it is missing out on some of the key features which buyers have come to expect from full size tablets.

However if your intention is an affordable e-Book reader with a high quality display and access to the web for browsing or some quick research, the Nook HD+ maybe the right device for you.



You can read a detailed review of the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ on PhoneArena.

[Windows app] Nook updated (1.1)


The Nook for Windows app has been updated to version 1.1 and brings faster performance, better stability, broader PC compatibility and adds ArticleView™ for magazines. NOOK for Windows gives you access to over 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics at your fingertips. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days.

You can download your app directly on your Windows 8 or Windows RT device through the Windows Store or using the following link:

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PriceFree
RequirementWindows 8 or Windows RT


Nook for Windows version 1.1 has the following new features and improvements:
  • Faster overall performance on all PCs
  • Faster performance on Microsoft Surface
  • Better stability to prevent app crashing
  • Increased compatibility with high-res displays and graphics cards
  • ArticleView™ for magazines helps you focus on an article and quickly move between articles
  • Fixes a problem when opening comics for first-time users

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD - Video Review


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The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is an affordable e-reader-tablet which features a 7 inch touch display, up to 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through micro SD, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

It has a healthy and robust ecosystem offered by Barnes & Noble, which is a great option for e-book readers when coupled with its great looking display. Its also a great option for surfing the web and watching movies, but has a somewhat limited selection of apps compared to some of its competitors.

The device is priced at $200 like the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and users will have to decide between the physical appearance and the customization in order to select a device which suites them.



Is the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD the right device for you? If you want to know more, you can read a detailed review of the tablet on PhoneArena.

[Guide] How to select the perfect full-size tablet


Tablets are definitely going to be on the top of several shopping lists this holiday season and in the years past, anyone looking for a new full-size tablet would generally end up purchasing an Apple iPad. However over the years Apple’s competitors have matured and this year you may find yourself having to select from a range of devices.

There have always been two tablet sizes to choose from – The smaller 7 inch variants which are generally cheaper and are best suited for reading e-Books and the full-size 10-inch variants which cater to richer content like magazines or productivity.

Today we will look into helping you select the best full-size tablet to suite your needs this holiday season

Apple iPad 4 ($ 499 and above)

The Apple iPad 4 was released back in October, with a faster processor and a Lightning connection port, similar to the one available on the Apple iPhone 5. The tablet also features a Retina display, which translates to a 2048 by 1536 pixel resolution and is even higher than the 1080p displays on your HD TVs

Apple iPads have a great selection of apps and it is not likely you will be disappointed with its selection of tablet friendly applications. You can also select a wide array of movies, TV shows, books, magazines and music from the iTunes store.

But keep in mind that the base model comes with just 16 GB of storage, which you may soon run out of. Since Apple doesn’t have the option to increase your storage with microSD you may have to purchase a new tablet if you run out of storage.

If you purchased an Apple iPad 2 last year, the newest iPad may be a great purchase with all its new features and improvements. However if you are looking for a cheaper iPad, you may still find great deals on the Apple iPad 3 ($50 off) or the iPad 2 ($100 off) at your local retailers.



Microsoft Surface RT ($ 499 and above)

Microsoft has now joined the tablet lineup with the Microsoft Surface RT. The Surface RT is not the lightest or the thinnest tablet in the Market, but it is probably the most feature rich. Where it lacks in apps in makes up by offering users a full Windows desktop experience along with the ability to connect and use several USB devices like cameras, USB drives keyboards and mice. Microsoft has made the Surface RT to be stood up on any surface and used with Microsoft’s own Touch Cover which doubles as a keyboard.

The Surface RT has an HD display, but at a lower 1366 by 768 pixels, compared to some of the other devices. However it’s the same resolution on most of our laptops and PCs and we don’t see it as a reason to complain about the device. One think to note is that the Surface RT doesn’t have a cellular data option, and you will have to use Wi-Fi for all your connectivity needs.

You may be wondering how a Windows device has no apps. This is because the Surface RT doesn’t run the same Windows we use on our computers and laptops. Instead it runs Windows RT which can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store. On the bright side Microsoft will include a full copy of Microsoft Office 2013 with the Microsoft Surface, making it a great companion at school or in your office.

Keep in mind that most of the 32GB of storage in the $499 model is used up by the operating system and you will be left with a little more that 16GB for your own files and content. The optional keyboard cover will cost you an additional $100, but is a must have with the tablet.

If you enjoy the Windows experience on your tablet,you may also like to take a look at the Asus Vivo Tab RT ( $599 and above) which is visually similar to the company’s Transformer Android tablets. The Vivo Tab RT will offer a very similar user experience to the Surface but it is thinner and lighter. Plus the additional $100 in its price includes the keyboard dock.

The advantage on Windows RT tablets is the inclusion of microSD storage, which allow you to add an additional 64GB of storage at a very reasonable price.



Google Nexus 10 ($ 399 and above)

Google joined the full-size tablet market this year with the introduction of the Google Nexus 10. The Nexus 10 manages to match the iPad’s features while remaining thinner and lighter while offering a 2560 by 1600 pixel display which is a third more than the iPad 4.

Nexus 10 users have access to apps, games, movies, music, TV shows, books and magazines through the Google Play Store. While Android gets great developer support like iOS, you wont find the same collection of tablet optimized apps on this platform you would find on iOS. Hopefully this will change with the introduction of the Nexus 10.

The base model comes with 16GB of storage and you can get the 32GB model for the same price you would pay for a 16GB iPad. However like the iPad, the Nexus 10 doesn’t feature microSD storage, so you may find yourself running out of space for your content. Also note that the Nexus 10 doesn't have an option with cellular data and you will have to rely solely on Wi-Fi connectivity.

If you aren't satisfied with the pure Android experience, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($ 499 and above) which includes a pen that allows you to write and draw on your screen. Samsung has included a collection of apps which support the S-Pen input, making the tablet a good choice for users who want to be productive.



Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 ($ 299 and above)

Amazon_KindleFire89The Amazon Kindle Fire was known for sparking interest in the small tablet category and the online retailer is attempting another success story with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. The larger tablet starts at a very reasonable $299 for its 16GB model, making it one of the cheapest in the category.

Its display may not be as high as the one offered on the iPad or Nexus 10, but at 1920 by 1200 pixels it offers a very pleasant viewing experience.

While the Kindle Fire HD does run Android, the operating system has been heavily customized and offers an experience tightly integrated into  Amazon’s services. You can access Amazon’s collection of books, movies and music and apps and games can be downloaded through the Amazon App Store.

It is important to note that you will require an Amazon Prime membership for the best experience with the Kindle Fire HD, and that will cost you an additional $79 per year.



Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ ($ 269 and above)

NookHD_Plus_thumb[4]The folks at Barnes and Noble decided to follow Amazon and release their own full-size tablet. The Nook HD+ is the cheapest tablet among the lineup of devices we have looked at and costs only $ 269 for the base model with 16GB of storage. However you wont have to worry about running out of space as you can expand your storage through microSD. The device also has a full HD display which has a 1920 by 1280 pixel resolution.

The Nook HD+ also runs a customized version of Android like the Amazon tablets, which the company has tied up with their own ecosystem of books and content. Apps and games will have to be downloaded from the Barnes and Noble App Store, so you may find yourself behind on getting some of the latest apps.

The Nook HD+ is also family friendly, as it allows you to create multiple accounts and restrict your personal content from another user. This allows you to keep your personal files safe.

For what the device makes up in price it lacks in features as the device doesn’t feature a camera. With a poor selection of apps and no cameras, this device may not be the best buy for everyone, but if your requirement is media consumption with a low price, the B&N Nook HD+ may be the right tablet for you.



With a  wide array of choices, we hope we have made selecting a full-size tablet easier on you… Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays.

[Windows app] NOOK for Windows 8


The NOOK for Windows app is now available for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. NOOK for Windows 8 gives you access to over 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics at your fingertips. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days.

You can download your app directly on your device through the Windows Store or using the following link:

Download
Price Free
Requirement Windows 8 or Windows RT

NOOK for Windows 8 supports NOOK Comics. Read comics, graphic novels, and manga featuring popular characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Archie Andrews, Naruto, and more from top publishers like DC, Marvel, Archie, and VIZ. Our latest graphic novel additions from fan-favorite Dark Horse Comics include Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and Sin City – all available on your Windows 8 tablet and PC.

NOOK for Windows 8 lets you customize your reading experience with different fonts, line spacing and themes. Turn pages with the flick of a finger or jump to any page. The app even comes loaded with free books.

NOOK for Windows 8 also has the following features
  • Free samples of books and 14-day free trial subscriptions of newspapers and magazines
  • Syncs the last page you’ve read across your NOOK devices and apps, so you don’t lose your place
  • Adjustable fonts, spacing and themes let you customize your reading experience
  • NOOK Channels™ offers a pioneering recommendation system that provides an easy way to discover new titles by theme

Barnes & Noble reveals new Nook HD lineup



Following Amazon's unveiling of their new Kindle Fire HD lineup, Barnes & Noble has revealed their new lineup of Nook tablets. The 7 inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD and the larger 9 inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ with a full HD display.


At just 315 grams the Nook HD is the lightest 7 inch tablet in the market. In fact B&N were quick to point out that their new tablet was lighter than the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 which both weigh around 340 grams. The Nook HD also offers a higher resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels with a 243 ppi pixel density.

The larger Nook HD+ has a full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. At 515 grams it is the lightest tablet in its class.

Both devices offer 10 hours of of reading and 9 hours of video playback. The devices also feature SRS TruMedia audio and are powered by dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processors.

The new Nook HD tablets run a customized version of Android 4.0 which are deeply integrated into the Barnes & Noble ecosystem. This means you wont get access to the full Google experience or Android ecosystem.

Both Nook HD tablets are currenly up for pre-order and will be released sometime by the end of October. Would you be interested in getting your hands on the latest Nook HD tablet ? Or do you prefer Amazon's or Google's offerings?


source - Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+


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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ is a tablet which features a 9 inch full HD touch display, up to 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

The full  Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ specifications follow:

Barnes & Noble NOOK HD


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The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD is the tablet which features a 7 inch touch display, up to 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through micro SD, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

The full Barnes & Noble NOOK HD specifications follow:

B&N Nook Tablet prices reduced, now starting at $179



Barnes and Noble has reduced the price of their B&N Nook Tablet, now offering their flagship tablet at $179 for the 8GB variant and $199 for the 16GB variant.

The Nook Color has also received a $20 discount and now costs just $149.

The reason behind this price reduction is still unknown. Could Barnes and Noble be preparing a new tablet to compete with the recently released Google Nexus 7? Or is the price reduction in preparation of the upcoming new Kindle Fire or rumored iPad Mini.

The Nook tablets are a popular choice among users looking for e-Book readers, holding a strong 30% of the market. With the 7 inch tablet market looking to get crowded this year, it is important for Barnes and Noble to differentiate their offering in the best way they can.


sourceReuters

Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble to build its own educational ecosystem


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It looks like Microsoft has realized that it will have to offer everything its competition has and more if it wants to win over an audience which have moved toward greener pastures in the Google and Apple yards.

The software giant has recently announced a partnership with Barnes & Noble for exclusive digital content for colleges. This venture which is codenamed Newco will give Microsoft 17.6% share of the biggest book retailer in the U.S.

A result of Newco will bring a Nook app for Windows 8 devices, giving users access to one of the largest collection of digital books and magazines. Microsoft and B&N will also take advantage of the NOOK Study platform with the aim to take on Apple’s iBooks initiative and iTunes U.
The shift to digital is putting the world’s libraries and newsstands in the palm of every person’s hand, and is the beginning of a journey that will impact how people read, interact with, and enjoy new forms of content. Our complementary assets will accelerate e-reading innovation across a broad range of Windows devices, enabling people to not just read stories, but to be part of them. We’re at the cusp of a revolution in reading
We can’t help wonder if the next generation of NOOK tablets will run Windows 8.


source - Microsoft



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