A year ago Barnes & Noble closed the book on its Nook line of tablets, opting to lend the brand out to other manufacturers instead. Now we're seeing the first Android device to capitalize on this idea. Take a guess as to which company decided, sure, I'll make a Nook tablet. That's right, none other than Samsung. When you're already flooding the market with umpteen different tablet variants, what's one more? Dear reader, I present to you the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.


The tablet comes with a customized Nook UI that should in some way prioritize using the device for reading, but the press release doesn't go into details. It emphasizes the amount of Barnes & Noble content available for users to enjoy, and while I'm inclined to point out how any Android user can already view this media on their devices, the pre-existing Nook app is pretty janky, and it has been for quite some time. If the software here is better, it may just be worth a look. And since Barnes & Noble will display the 7-inch slate in stores alongside its current Nook ereaders and tablets, doing so shouldn't be all that difficult.

Considering the superb build-quality found in the original Nook Color and the competent versions that launched in subsequent years, the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is hardly the same as the bookseller offering up a new model. Samsung's plastics just don't compare. Still, the two companies intend to create multiple co-branded tablets, so look for more of these to pop up somewhere down the line.

Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK Combines Leading Samsung Tablet Technology with the Award-Winning NOOK® Reading Experience

NEW YORK & RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America and NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), today announced a partnership to develop co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK tablets that feature the award-winning Barnes & Noble digital reading experience.

The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized NOOK software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.

The companies are expected to introduce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores across the U.S. and online at bn.com, one of the leading e-commerce sites.

“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,” said Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “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. Partnering with Samsung brings our customers great new products and evidences our commitment to our NOOK customers and growing our digital content business.”

Mr. Huseby noted that the Company will continue to offer its NOOK GlowLight™ and continue to provide customer support for its millions of customers. He added that the partnership is a major milestone in Barnes & Noble’s efforts to rationalize the NOOK business. Working with Samsung on co-branded tablets will allow the Company to reduce its exposure to the substantial cost structure and other financial commitments that accompany ownership of the hardware production aspects of the NOOK tablet business. Going forward, the Company will be able to focus on its proven expertise in acquiring and delivering the best digital reading experience to grow NOOK content sales.

“Samsung has had a strong relationship with Barnes & Noble, offering the company’s award-winning reading experience to users of Galaxy Tab products,” said Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung is dedicated to providing consumers with choices that best fit their lifestyle. So, we are excited to be taking this next step with Barnes & Noble to offer Galaxy Tab 4 devices that are tailored to the needs of their customers and enhance the NOOK reading experience.”

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • evolutionx1

    Yo mama's so fat that she sat on the GS5 and invented the Tab 4 Nook.

    • solbin

      Nope. Replace GS5 with GS3 then you are getting closer.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson


  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I can't even... what?

  • Nasko Hristov

    Jeez, how many types of devices is Samsung going to make? They have more tablets than every device manufactured by HTC. Just STAHHP.

    • blahblahblah

      Are they not allowed to make money?

      • Nasko Hristov

        So you're telling me that Apple can make as much as Samsung from 4 devices, but Samsung, can't?

  • troph

    There should be more done in the E ink field. Especially for anything that is made for reading. Reads the best, next to paper.
    Was pretty excited about color E ink when the Qualcomm Toq came out, but seems like nothing is coming from it. Let's get on it people!

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  • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

    Well... I'm happy the Samsung name is probably going to help out B&N/Nook sales wise, but I do wish it wasn't such Samsungy hardware, I like their tablets much more than their phones, but if they could have made it more like the previous Nooks build quality I'd be more sold than I am.

    • TylerChappell

      B&N has books that are priced higher than Amazon even with their 20% off membership. They don't deserve to be helped saleswise. The sole benefit of this tablet's existence is that it just may very well prevent Nook loyalists from buying iPads.

      • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

        I'm sure Amazon also has some books that are priced higher than B&N, neither of us have enough information about every single book both services offer to conclude anything. The best we can do is our own personal experience in the matter, which is not a good standing for a reasonable debate.
        A good argument I can make is what about the books Amazon doesn't offer in Kindle format that B&N does offer for Nook? Vice versa too, there's quite a lot of that going on.

  • Sky

    like i said before on here... "1 tablet per 4 humans born" , Samsung must of read my comment and is now determined to up its game.. 1 tablet per 3 humans born it is!

  • blahblahblah

    Is Samsung not allowed to make money?

  • Mystery Man

    Article sounds kind of bias. I had the Nook Color and that things build quality is not as nice as tab 4. Not that anybody should ever buy it.

  • mateor

    I will read any article that reminds me of my favorite Android device:the Nook Color.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    "the pre-existing Nook app is pretty janky" Do you mean the Nook reading app for Android? It's actually pretty great. I like it better than the Kindle app, actually.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      I wouldn't hesitate to call it functional, but I don't get the impression that Barnes & Noble cares all that much about it. Only recently did it finally stop showing magazines I deleted from my account years ago, and the new icons are fuzzy. It doesn't feel as polished to me as alternatives like Play Books, the latest versions of Aldiko, or Readmill (RIP).

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

        Gotcha. I guess I'm more focused on font size, margin widths, night mode, and stuff like that. It typically has more options than others. But then again, I've never used Aldiko or Readmill, so... As for the legacy menu button, I don't even notice that. (OMG, am I not a real Android fangirl now? ;) )

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    This seems oddly timed, given how Samsung shut down their ebook store, and replaced it with a Samsung-branded Kindle-app.
    They're playing both sides of the field.