28
Aug
nooks

Barnes & Noble announced last week that its Nook Simple Touch e-book readers were coming to the UK, and it's now been confirmed that John Lewis will stock the devices from mid-October.

Although Barnes & Noble is an established name in the US, this will be the first time that the company has made itself known on this side of the pond. With no brand recognition, it will have a tough time competing against the likes of Amazon, who just recently partnered with Waterstones to bring the Kindle to the high street.

nook uk page

So, what's this got to do with Android? Well, the home page of the Nook UK website currently shows the Nook Tablet alongside the e-ink model which is set to launch in the UK. Although the company hasn't announced any plans to release the tablet in the UK, it does seem strange that the device is being promoted on the website if it has no intentions to release it at some stage.

Of course, there are a few details that would have to be worked out. For example, Hulu doesn't exist in the UK, nor does Pandora, both of which are used to deliver content on the Nook in the US. There are similar services available though, and Android apps such as TuneIn Radio would provide users with access to a plethora of radio stations across the country.

If a release of the Nook Tablet is planned, it would probably be dependent on the success of Barnes & Noble's e-book readers. Hopefully, they will be able to make a splash in the UK market, which is virtually monopolized by the Kindle at the moment.

Sources: Nook UK Website, Original Press Release

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • VonLaserface

    As a Nexus7 owner I still think a rooted 16GB Nook Tablet is one of the better 7" Android tablets on the market now that it's 199$. It lacks GPS and Bluetooth but it's pretty slim, has a nice solid feel to the build and the screen doesn't suck.