NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS),
the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products,
today announced it is expanding its extensive catalog of reading and
entertainment content with the addition of the popular Google Play
digital content experience on its acclaimed NOOK HD and NOOK HD+
devices. With Google Play on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, customers have access
to more than 700,000 Android apps and games, millions of songs and more.
Barnes & Noble’s highly acclaimed lightweight high-definition 7- and
9-inch tablets will also include popular Google services like the Chrome
browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps.
Barnes & Noble Announces Google Play(TM) on NOOK(R) HD and NOOK(R) HD+ (Photo: Business Wire)
“By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our
customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets,”
said William Lynch, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble. “Now with
access to more than 700,000 apps and the best reading experience
available, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are must-see products for entertainment
lovers looking for high-quality tablets at incredibly low prices.”
Always a great value, NOOK HD, now with Google Play, is available
starting at just $199 and NOOK HD+ starts at only $269. NOOK products
are available at the nearly 700 Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK.com and
Google Play and the other Google services will be available to all new
and existing NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ customers in the US and UK at no cost
through an automatic over-the-air update that will roll out to all
devices connected to Wi-Fi beginning today. Customers who would like to
enjoy the major new software update immediately can learn more at www.NOOK.com/support
NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Features
More than 700,000 Android Apps and Games: Choose from more
than 700,000 great apps including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Temple
Run, ESPN, TED, Netflix and so many more, all ready to enjoy right away.
The NOOK Store™ continues to feature a wide selection of
thousands of high-quality NOOK Apps™ tailored for the
devices including the highest-quality educational apps for kids through
age 12, all organized by subject area and easily searchable.
Millions of songs: The addition of Google Play Music lets
customers browse millions of songs, discover new artists and fill NOOK
HD and NOOK HD+ with favorite tracks to enjoy anytime. Google Play also
lets people store 20,000 songs from their personal collection in the
cloud for free and stream them to their NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and other
Favorite Movies & TV Shows: Choose from thousands of movies
and TV shows including new releases, the latest episodes, award-winning
films and past seasons from favorite TV series. Stream movies and TV
shows to watch instantly on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ or make them available
offline to watch later, even when not connected to Wi-Fi.
The Very Best in Reading: The NOOK Store offers millions of books
and magazines to choose from. Sample any book free or choose from over 1
million free titles. Barnes & Noble offers thousands of best-selling
magazines and newspapers from around the world, all in spectacular HD
and delivered right to NOOK as soon as they come out. Enjoy free 14-day
trials on any newsstand title and get expert recommendations on what to
read next from the reading specialists at NOOK through NOOK Channels™.
With NOOK Catalogs™, browse top catalogs like Pottery Barn
and L.L.Bean delivered right to the device and virtually tear out
magazine and catalog pages and save them in a NOOK Scrapbook™.
Faster Web Browsing with Chrome: As Web browsing continues to be
among the most popular tablet activities, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ now
feature the Chrome browserfor fast start up and page loading
and an unlimited number of tabs open at once. Customers can even sync
bookmarks across any device with Chrome.
Google Search™, Gmail™,
YouTube™ and Google Maps™:
Customers will have instant access to Google Search, Gmail, YouTube and
Google Maps, now built in to NOOK HD or NOOK HD+. Sync calendars across
multiple devices and check email from any account including Exchange,
Yahoo! and Hotmail.
Additional great tablet features include:
Stunning HD Displays: Crisp text and beautiful graphics make books and
magazines stunning to read. With NOOK HD’s highest resolution of any
7-inch HD tablet and Full HD at 1080p on NOOK HD+, videos and games
look life-like from any angle, with rich color, deep contrast and
Light and Portable: Weighing in at only 11.1 ounces, NOOK HD was
designed to fit naturally in an adult or child’s hand for hours of
enjoyment. And at just 18.2 ounces, NOOK HD+ is the lightest tablet of
its kind – more than 20 percent lighter than iPad 3 – making it the
perfect companion for movie watching, long reads, Sunday crosswords or
NOOK Profiles™: A personalized experience instantly
transforms the device in hand to any family member’s very own tablet
so only they can see their own content.
NOOK Channels™: This pioneering recommendation system
provides an easy way to discover new titles by theme.
The ability to sync the last page read on any NOOK Book across NOOK
devices and apps so customers don’t lose their place.
Expandable memory on the devices and free unlimited NOOK Cloud™
storage for all NOOK content.
Adjustable fonts, spacing and themes for a customized reading
Powerful dual-core processors and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The NOOK Store offers more than 3 million titles in the US, with 2.5
million available in the UK, including more than 1 million free titles.
For more information on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, or any of NOOK’s
innovative products and devices, customers can visit www.nook.com
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading
retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company
operates 677 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the
Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).
Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital
reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers
award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital
reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (www.nook.com),
while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 678 bookstores
serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and
universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be
named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is
one of only 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the
number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music
and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer
satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring
Top 100 Edition).
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the
Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.
NOOK®, NOOK Store™, NOOK Video™, NOOK
Video Apps™ are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its
affiliates. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property
of their respective owners.
Google Play, Android, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and Google
Maps are trademarks of Google Inc.
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and YouTube (www.youtube.com/barnesandnoble).
About NOOK Media LLC
NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to read what you
love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and
immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access
to the expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 3 million digital
books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the
ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through
free NOOK Reading Apps™ and NOOK Video apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps.
NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s
nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and
online at www.nook.com,
as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and
many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom through www.nook.co.uk and leading
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