Barnes & Noble plans to launch a Nook digital bookstore in 10 countries within 12 months, with “one or more distribution agreements in place to sell Nook devices in certain countries outside the US prior to the 2012 holiday season".
According to a 10-K form it has filed at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the American bookseller said the international expansion plans were part of its partnership with Microsoft, announced earlier this year.
The document said: “The company is also exploring opportunities to give consumers outside of the US access to its award-winning Nook portfolio of reading products through potential distribution partnerships yet to be announced.
"While there can be no assurances, the company intends to have one or more distribution agreements in place to sell Nook devices in certain countries outside the US prior to the 2012 holiday season.”
Waterstones was originally rumoured to be partnering with B&N to sell the Nook before it announced a partnership with Amazon to sell Kindles.
Foyles c.e.o. Sam Husain has previously told The Bookseller he would not “rule out” any e-reader or e-book retailing option, including the Nook.