B&N unveils Samsung/Nook co-branded tablet

B&N unveils Samsung/Nook co-branded tablet

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media has unveiled the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, the first co-branded tablet in its partnership with Samsung.

The tablet, currently only available in the US, has a 7-inch screen and is lighter and thinner than previous Nook colour devices, is priced at $179 after a $20 instant rebate in Barnes & Noble shops and online. It is available in black or white, and currently only comes in an 8GB model.

Customers will also get $200 of free content, including books, TV shows and magazines.

The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which was showcased at an event in New York and goes on sale in the US from today, combines “Samsung’s leading technology and Nook’s extraordinary content and reading experience”.

Michael P Huseby, c.e.o. of Barnes & Noble, Inc, said: “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the most advanced Nook ever, delivering the great Nook experience our customers have come to love, with the high-performance tablet features they’ve asked for.” The tablet has been designed for “those who love to read in all forms as well as browse the web, watch videos, enjoy apps and more”.

Huseby said Barnes & Noble would continue to support all Nook devices, and the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook would be sold alongside the Nook GlowLight eReader, which was introduced in the UK earlier this month.

Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, said: “We’ve taken our bestselling Samsung Galaxy tablet and made it the best tablet available for reading and entertainment. We are excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook to customers through Barnes & Noble’s bookstores nationwide.”

In a first for Nook, the tablet will include front and rear-facing cameras. It will also have Google applications such as the Chrome browser.

The device was launched after a tough 2013 for Barnes & Noble’s Nook. In its Christmas trading statement, the company reported that Nook devices, content and accessory sales fell by 60.5% year-on-year in the nine weeks to 28th December 2013, to $125m and content sales decreased by 27.3%.