Barnes & Noble announces partnership with Samsung for a new NOOK Tablet

by: William Neilson JrJune 5, 2014

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Today, Barnes & Noble announced a new two year partnership with Samsung. The companies announced that they will launch a co-branded tablet known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in August. The tablet will feature Samsung’s hardware and customized Nook software with a 7-inch display.

Most likely, this partnership will end Barnes & Noble’s venture into hardware design and save the company millions over the partnership. Barnes & Noble will continue to offer their backlit e-ink e-reader, Nook GlowLight.

Barnes & Noble has been reducing its investments in the Nook unit after earlier tablet models did not connect with consumers, struggling to compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad.

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Barnes & Noble says these tablets will be “prominently displayed” at the bookseller’s 700 U.S. stores.

Last year, Barnes & Noble announced their intention to outsource tablet designs to third parties. They would backtrack on this decision a couple months later.

  • truth_cutz

    This won’t sell… B&N, just stick to the app and selling books that way.

  • Teic

    Really… Samsung? Again? They could’ve picked better.

  • Bryan Z

    Will Samsung unite tizen and nook ?

  • Magnetic1

    You got to remember the primary way to get reading stuff for the most popular reading device, the ipad, is through Barnes.
    iBookstore is not there yet and Amazon’s mobipocket is not ipad friendly.
    Hence people who wants to read books or ebooks will likely look at Barnes for content.
    And while there they will probably think of getting a spare or a backup to the ipad for all those occasions where an ipad would be too much risk or reward.