With the NOOK, Barnes & Noble was one of the earliest companies with an eReader and large collection of eBooks. While the bookseller stopped most internal hardware development a few years back, B&N still partners with Samsung to release NOOK-branded devices. The latest is an affordable Galaxy Tab A NOOK available for only $139.
The Galaxy Tab A NOOK will be the lowest end tablet eReader in the company’s line with a 1280 x 800 7-inch screen, Android 5.1 Lollipop, and 8GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion. For $139.99, there is also a 2MP front-facing camera, GPS, and an FM tuner. Barnes & Noble’s lineup also includes a small dedicated eInk device and two larger Samsung tablets.
This tablet runs the latest version of NOOK software and features an enhanced book store and integration with the BN website. The company touts 4 million books, 80,000 audiobooks, and a newsstand of the top 100 publications in the country. Users also have full access to the Google Play Store to download apps and access their existing Google content.
Battery life is rated at 11 hour of internet browsing, with in-store support available at any one of Barnes & Noble’s physical locations. Those who have a previous Nook can buy the new Galaxy Tab A NOOK for only $99 starting today. B&N Members will also get a free case when purchasing in-store.