Summer Blockbusters Come to NOOK Color™ Including Cowboys & Aliens Graphic Novel App with In-Store Exclusives, Winnie the Pooh, Captain America and Other Interactive Kids Books
New York, New York – –Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, announced today a myriad of great new summer movie blockbusters and other content for its critically acclaimed NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet™, making the best value tablet on the market at $249 even better. NOOK Color customers can now read, explore and do even more, with an expanding array of popular high quality NOOK Apps™, more than 600 interactive children’s picture books, a selection of more than 180 digital newspapers and full-color magazines, along with special content made available exclusively for NOOK™ device customers. Among these extras, customers who download the new Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel NOOK App can unlock free exclusives, including a prologue video, sketchbook, character bios and a secret Alien Language Translator while connected to free Wi-Fi® in any Barnes & Noble store.
“NOOK Color is perfect for people who enjoy reading a range of content in rich color, staying connected, and utilizing the latest popular apps,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble.com. “We’ve added even more ways for adults and children to enjoy content based on some of the biggest summer movies, plus even more high-quality apps and books. NOOK Color is always getting better and remains the perfect companion for exploring and discovering almost anything, anywhere, and priced at $249, it’s a terrific value.”
Through its growing collection, customers can enjoy hundreds of popular, high-quality NOOK Apps offered by third-party developers and content providers for NOOK Color. New selections include the ever-popular Ms. PAC-MAN, Text Twist 2, Let’s Golf! 2, Mazes, Doodle Jump Deluxe, and more fun apps made just for kids like Preschool Connect the Dots, Monster Match, Sandra Boynton’s Moo Baa La La and more. Among the most recent top paid NOOK Apps are Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, Ms. PAC-MAN, Solitaire and Blast Monkeys and top free apps include Float HD, Fliq Calendar, Tikatok StorySpark, Fandango Movies and BibleReader.
Just in time for back to school, Barnes & Noble’s youngest customers can choose from the world’s largest collection of digital children’s content including more than 600 picture books and more than 12,000 kids’ chapter books. The company has added numerous options to prepare kids for classroom time, including interactive Read and Play™ titles Kindergators by Rosemary Wells and ABC Dinosaurs from the Museum of Natural History. NOOK Kids also offers new books featuring characters from popular summer movies – Disney’s Cars 2, Transformers, Winnie the Pooh, Thor, Captain America and more. Current bestsellers include Cars, Puff the Magic Dragon, I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track, Splat the Cat Sings Flat, Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl, Frog and Toad Are Friends and The Little Mermaid: A Special Song. In addition to NOOK Color, most picture books are available to be enjoyed by iPad™ owners using the free NOOK Kids for iPad application (www.nookkids.com/ipad and www.itunes.com/appstore).
Adding tens of thousands of new NOOK Books™ to its expansive offering of more than 2 million titles, Barnes & Noble offers something for everyone to read from bestsellers and new releases to favorites and classics. NOOK Color customers will enjoy even more enhanced titles such as Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life, which includes video footage and an exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling. Barnes & Noble’s current bestsellers include Jaycee Dugard’s survival story A Stolen Life, George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons and a standout newcomer from Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a thriller mixed with vintage photos appealing to both young adults and adults.
Exclusive More in Store™
Barnes & Noble will offer new More In Store content, exclusively available for NOOK Color and NOOK customers in any of Barnes & Noble’s more than 700 stores by connecting to free in-store Wi-Fi service. Readers can enjoy exclusive contributions from bestselling authors Meg Cabot and Janet Evanovich, Tiger’s Curse breakout Colleen Houck, grillmaster Andrew Schloss, diamond expert Alicia Oltuski and other notable authors. More In Store content is updated weekly and each new feature is available for four weeks on a rolling basis. NOOK customers can always check the recent content by visiting www.bn.com/moreinstore.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 705 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 636 college bookstores serving nearly 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), 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 eBooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of 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.
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 Bookstore™ of more than two million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. The award-winning NOOK Color™ Reader’s Tablet™, the best-value on the tablet market ($249), features 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 All-New NOOK ($139), the Simple Touch Reader™, is the easiest-to-use 6-inch touch reader, with the longest battery life of any eReader. In Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK owners can access free Wi-Fi connectivity, 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, Books-A-Million, Fred Meyer, OfficeMax, Staples and Walmart.
In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its free line of NOOK software, available at www.bn.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 BlackBerry®, 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.
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