“Barnes & Noble to Offer Its Award-Winning NOOK® Products and Digital Content in the UK Starting This Autumn”. WELCOME!
Hopefully whilst not yet announced this will also include, during the upcoming holiday season, their range of, possibly expanded, tablets.
Barnes & Noble, per Wikipedia, are the largest book retailer in the US and B & N themselves claim “691 bookstores in 50 states ” and also “647 college bookstores” as well as indicating they are “ The worlds largest bookseller……” Full press release (pdf). They have an interesting history and in the last few years encountered, on both their digital and bookstore sides, quite a few challenges. Rumours of a split/sale of the Digital side of its business were certainly plentiful a while back. but they subsequently formed a strategic partnership with Microsoft which was generally well received.
B & N‘s UK venture kicks off in mid-October with the offering of some of its range of eReaders and the “opening” of its new online storefront nook.co.uk. Promises of partnerships with leading UK retailers are also made in their press release. We comment below on this with a guess/suggestion as to who might be involved! Further eReaders will be added to their UK range “…. in time for the holiday shopping season”.
Pending the “opening” of their online “……expansive NOOK Store™ featuring more than 2.5 million digital titles – including top-selling UK books, newspapers and magazines – plus comics, exciting NOOK Apps and more. UK NOOK customers will be able to “Read what they love, anywhere they like™” on NOOK devices as well as their favorite mobile and computing devices using free NOOK reading apps. Purchased NOOK content is always safe and available through NOOK Cloud™. UK residents wishing to learn more about NOOK can visit www.nook.co.uk”., you can browse, we must admit, their impressive US version.
Their UK retailer links will be interesting when announced and, subject to pre-existing, contracts/arrangements we could see a potential fit with HMV (now that Waterstones has gone) and their Digital plans. Their recent Cambridge café might even complement Barnes & Noble’s numerous (650) in-store Starbucks! We shall see.
UPDATE – Barnes & Noble have just announced their Q1 2013 earnings (here’s their pdf of the segment revenues and earnings as it’s almost illegible in the link information). Initially after the opening their shares moved ahead but have dropped back into negative territory 4.15 BST. Nice ticker BKS.
NB Barnsie (the Noble bear) is the B & N bear who hopefully will also be available from their UK outlets!
We couldn’t help but notice the prolific use of TM’s and ® in Barnes & Nobles press release so for the avoidance of any doubt we respect them all!