B&N continues its push into the UK market.
Barnes & Noble just celebrated the UK launch of the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ last week, but the company is pushing ahead with another launch for the UK market. This week, the company released iOS and Android apps for UK customers. Much like the Kindle smartphone app, the Nook app means customers don't need to own a Nook device to shop at the Nook store.
"Following the successful launch of our award-winning NOOK line in the UK, we're delighted to introduce our free NOOK Reading Apps that seamlessly bring millions of digital titles to the fingertips of customers who use Android and iOS devices, and to put our unmatched digital reading experience into the hands of even more Brits," said Jamie Iannone, President of NOOK Media LLC.
B&N says its reading apps have been downloaded 'millions of times' in the US, and is hoping UK customers will latch onto its library of 2.5 million books, magazines, newspapers and comics.
If reading on a smartphone or tablet just doesn't do it for you, there's always the Nook HD and Nook HD+. Just recently launched, the Nook HD packs a 7-inch display, a dual-core 1.3GHz CPU (B&N claims the Nook HD is 80 percent faster when it comes to graphics processing), and features either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. The Nook HD+ is a little bit bigger, with a 9-inch display, and offers support for 1080p, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and is available in either 16GB or 32GB flavors (again, expandable via MicroSD).