|[December 12, 2011]
Barnes & Noble's Award-Winning $199 NOOK Color™ Now Even Better with Streaming Entertainment and More Breathtaking Content in VividView™
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of
content, digital media and educational products, continues to enhance
its critically acclaimed NOOK Color with the largest-ever software
update to the device now available at no cost (www.nookcolor.com/update),
adding over 100 feature enhancements, access to top video and music
services, popular apps, comics and more. With new tablet features and
access to the best names in entertainment, the first-ever Reader's Tablet™
is now even better at the incredibly low price of $199. Customers can
enjoy popular movies and TV shows through leading services like Netflix
and Flixster, with others coming soon. The update also brings faster,
easier access to the world's largest digital catalog of color and
interactive books, magazines, children's books, high-quality apps, and
now comics and graphic novels.
The perfect holiday gift for those who love to experience all types of
content in rich, beautiful color on the world's most advanced VividView™
display, NOOK Color is available for new customers to purchase
immediately in NOOK Digital Shops™ at their neighborhood
Barnes & Noble stores, www.nookcolor.com
and other leading retailers. Today only, customers who purchase any new
$199 NOOK Color online with a MasterCard (News - Alert) will receive a free $25 Barnes
& Noble Gift Card, along with free shipping. This offer also applies to
the #1-rated $99 NOOK Simple Touch™, and the all-new $249
NOOK Tablet™, the company's fastest, lightest tablet with the
best entertainment displayed in stunning VividView. Additional details
are available at www.nook.com.
"Building upon our award-winning reading experience and vast digital
content catalog, we are excited to offer our largest NOOK Color software
update ever that will bring access to movies, TV shows, hundreds of new
apps, comics, graphic novels and more to our time-tested, critically
acclaimed Reader's Tablet," said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer
of Barnes & Noble. "This innovative product continues to receive high
acclaim as an Editor's Choice and is ranked among the most highly rated
eReaders by many leading technology reviewers. At the incredibly low
price of $199, customers can discover all types of interactive content
specifically designed for the stunning, 7-inch display, in addition to
staying connected through email and the web. We encourage customers to
stop by their local Barnes & Noble this holiday season to learn about
the whole portfolio of NOOK devices and receive free support from one of
our highly-trained NOOKsellers."
More High-Quality NOOK Apps™, Including Top
Adding to the growing collection of high-quality NOOK Apps, children's
apps, games and more, NOOK Color customers can download Netflix to watch
movies and TV shows, and Flixster which, through the UltraViolet™
standard, will allow consumers to access their digital movies and TV
shows on the go. Coming soon, more leading services will be available.
NOOK Color owners can also listen to millions of songs using the hottest
music services, including Pandora (News - Alert), Rhapsody®, Grooveshark and
MOG, all available with a free 14-day trial. In addition, NOOK Color
owners can listen to their own songs wherever they go with the built-in
music player. From music to movies and more, all NOOK Apps are the
highest-quality versions available, optimized for NOOK Color's beautiful
and ultra-responsive 7-inch VividView display to ensure a stunning and
seamless user experience.
The NOOK App library continues to grow with hundreds of new titles added
each week to bring all the top requested and most popular apps to both
NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet. Exciting new NOOK App additions include
games published by Chillingo such as Roll in the Hole and Spider Jack, I
Can Read, Cozi Family Organizer, Audobon Insects, Pat the Bunny, and
more. Enjoy fun new holiday-themed apps including How the Grinch Stole
Christmas!, The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree, Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer, and Tacky's Christmas - all with a special reduced pricing
promotion for the holidays. Also, find All I Want from Santa, Emma In: A
Sweet Christmas plus an extensive lineup of holiday-centric live
wallpapers, themes and much more.
Barnes & Noble's Vast Collection of Interactive Content at Your
NOOK Color customers can shop the world's largest bookstore, featuring
more than 2.5 million books, enhanced books, interactive magazines,
newspapers, children's books, and now comics and graphic novels.
NOOK Newsstand™: Choose from more than 300
newspapers and full-color, interactive magazines, delivered instantly
to the device. Barnes & Noble offers the largest digital collection of
top 100 magazines for subscription or single issue purchase - all
available for a risk-free, 14-day free trial - including bestsellers
PEOPLE, Food Network Magazine, Us Weekly, SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED, TIME, National Geographic and many others. Most
interactive magazines offer Barnes & Noble's ArticleView™,
new animated and lightning fast page turns, smooth pinch, zoom and
panning. Many special edition NOOK Magazines™ feature
videos, animation, image galleries and more. Newly added publications
include People StyleWatch, Southern Living, SmartMoney, Official
Xbox Magazine, WIRED, SELF and TransWorld Skateboarding
with more titles being added each week.
New NOOK Comics™: NOOK Color customers
can now access a large collection of full-color comics, graphic novels
and kids' comics in high resolution that allow readers to pinch, zoom
and discover this content like never before. NOOK Comics features the
largest digital collection of Marvel's graphic novels available
through a third party - including Halo Uprising and other
Marvel greats like Ultimate Spider-Man, The Astonishing X-Men,
and Hulk: Planet Hulk, among others. NOOK Color customers can
also enjoy titles from other leading publishers, including Archie -
with series starring the redheaded star, plus pals Jughead and Betty &
Veronica- IDW and Dynamite.
NOOK Kids™: With an incredible
collection of more than 1,000 interactive children's picture books and
more than 12,000 chapter books, NOOK Color offers the world's largest
digital selection with hundreds of titles offering enhanced Read to Me
and Read to Play functionality, so children and parents can interact
with built-in narration and engaging in-page animation and activities.
Newly added popular titles for the holidays include A Charlie Brown
Christmas and Elf on the Shelf, both only on NOOK with
engaging narrations and entertaining activities built right in to the
stories,plus an exclusive edition of Sandra Boynton's Christmas
Parade, narrated by the author. Beginning readers can also enjoy
new I Can Read series titles, plus Judy Blume's popular Fudge series
including Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and many more through
the expanded chapter book collection.
NOOK Books™: Barnes & Noble continues to
expand its NOOK Bookstore™ with the vast majority of books
available for $9.99 or less. New PagePerfect™ NOOK Books™
feature cookbooks, craft and art books rendered with rich precision to
retain all the beauty of their stunning print versions. Customers can
also enjoy new titles including 11/22/63 from Stephen King and Happy
Accidents by Jane Lynch, or bestsellers including Explosive
Eighteen by Janet Evanovich, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking
Bible, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and many more.
Enhanced Reading Experience Makes it Easier than Ever to Find New
NOOK Color customers can now explore new reading experiences and Shop
enhancements that make it easier than ever to find great books,
children's content, magazines, newspapers and apps. Simply tap to open
the redesigned NOOK Store to find a clean, customized interface and
great social features that showcase the vast amount of content
available. Explore customized reading features to enjoy all your
favorite content like never before.
Customized reading: In response to customer feedback, NOOK
Color now offers the flexibility to read books in portrait or
landscape mode and to adjust the text with even more font sizes to
choose from. And now reading is even more interactive with PDF
thumbnail page views, and image pinch, zoom and pan in books and PDFs.
Unparalleled reviews and recommendations: Learn what to read
next from Barnes & Noble's knowledgeable booksellers, from
new releases to up-and-coming authors. Barnes & Noble's personalized
NOOK Recommendations™ suggest titles by customer's favorite
authors in many different categories - helping them find selections in
all subjects, from the most popular to hidden gems. In any book a
customer is reading, a simple tap on the new NOOK Discover™
icon offers instant recommendations. Customers can also find new
NOOK Daily Find - Discover a new read every day at an
NOOK First - Exclusive content for NOOK owners from leading
NOOK Snaps - Bite (News - Alert)-size reads for "snackable" content on the
NOOK Spotlight - Twice a month, Barnes & Noble features
great books at a great price.
New Release Tuesday - The weekly scoop on
the bestsellers and the newest releases.
Get more social: With NOOK Color, customers can connect with
Facebook friends and others through NOOK Friends™, and find
out what they have to say about their books, magazines and newspapers.
Customers can also share their thoughts about the books they're
reading via email, Facebook and Twitter. Owners can share books, as
well as browse and borrow books, from NOOK Friends using Barnes &
Noble's exclusive LendMe® technology.
Continuous reading: Read what you love, anywhere you like™
on NOOK devices and with free NOOK Reading Apps. NOOK Cloud™
automatically syncs a customer's library, last page read, bookmarks,
notes, and highlights across all of their devices, so a customer can
start a book on NOOK Color, and pick right back up where they left off
on their computer or smartphone.
Discover Instant NOOK Book Gifting
With tablets high on everyone's gift list this year, Barnes & Noble
makes it easier for customers to give the gift of reading with instant
NOOK Book gifting. Now, customers can visit www.bn.com
to give any NOOK Book or NOOK App as gifts. Books and apps are delivered
instantly to recipients on their NOOK Color or NOOK Tablet device. In
addition, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers will also be able to
apply their Barnes & Noble gift cards - physical or digital - while
shopping on their devices.
NOOK Color v1.4 Update Now Available
Current and future NOOK Color customers can experience all of the great
new features in v1.4 immediately at no cost via manual download
available at www.nookcolor.com/update.
A free over-the-air (OTA) update requiring no action from customers will
begin rolling out to customers via Wi-Fi next week. Experience the new
NOOK Apps and other exciting new features at the NOOK Digital Shop™
or display in one of Barnes & Noble's more than 700 bookstores across
the country or by visiting www.nookcolor.com.
NOOK Color, along with other NOOK devices, can also be found at Best
Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax,
Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son (News - Alert) stores, Fry's Electronics and Systemax
About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes 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 Barnes &
Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million
digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of
popular devices. The new NOOK Tablet™ is Barnes & Noble's
fastest, lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment from top
services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($249).
Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color™ ($199)
feature a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to
read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email,
browse the Web and more. The NOOK Simple Touch™ ($99), is the
fastest, easiest to use reader with the world's best reading screen and
the longest battery life. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free
NOOK Support in any of its more than 700 bookstores, as well as free
Wi-Fi® connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store™
feature to read NOOK Books™ for free, and the More In Store™
program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions.
Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide
selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available
through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble
stores and online at www.BN.com,
as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target (News - Alert), Radio Shack,
Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Fry's
Electronics and Systemax Inc. retailers.
In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers
to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its FREE NOOK Reading Apps™,
available at www.nook.com/freenookapps.
Customers can use Barnes & Noble's free eReading software to access and
read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices
including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®,
Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®.
Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always
be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and
software-enabled devices and BN.com.
Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study™ (www.nookstudy.com),
an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education,
NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com),
a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK
Books en español™ (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol),
the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.
For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new
NOOK Book releases, Free Friday™ NOOK Books and more, follow
us on www.twitter.com/nookBN
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a
Fortune 500 company, operates 703 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes &
Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes &
Noble, also operates 637 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million
students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the
United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through
one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than
two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks).
Through Barnes & Noble's NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can
buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms,
including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular
mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the
Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.
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