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Barnes & Noble and Samsung officially launch the $179 ‘Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’

Barnes & Noble and Samsung today unveiled a new Nook-branded tablet at a press event in New York. The $179, 7-inch “Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook” is available today.

Speaking on stage at the event, Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby called the device the first Android tablet optimized for reading. The launch comes as little surprise; the device was long-rumored and oft teased by both insiders and Barnes & Noble itself.

What we have here is a custom-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, with a Barnes & Noble “Newsstand” app and “Nook Store” app, which features movies, games, and, of course, books. The Nook version also includes a custom home screen and reader profiles. Aside from the long-winded name and custom apps, it’s not clear exactly how the device will challenge more successful reading-centric tablets like the Kindle Fire.

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Above: Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby on-stage at the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook announcement event.

Barnes & Noble touts that it will offer “in-store customer service at no cost and no appointments necessary” for the “life of the device.” A clear jab at Apple for requiring Genius Bar appointments.

Here’s a closer look at the awkwardly-named device:

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More information:

Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest Sout... read more »

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 704 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 635 co... read more »

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9 comments
Roman Pavlyuk
Roman Pavlyuk

Since I have 3 broken Kindles... I won't have another one. Their display just breaks

Ajay Desai
Ajay Desai

Yuzu, and 6.8 Billion in revenue. With an uptick in the economy and a better strategy to market e-readers they have a great potential to bounce back. Samsung wants to increase the volume of their supply chain, where as Amazon is struggling to move their non e-ink kindles.

Nicholas M. Cummings
Nicholas M. Cummings

That Google company that makes their flagship operating system seems to be doing alright for itself

Nicholas M. Cummings
Nicholas M. Cummings

Don't think anything is a Kindle killer at this point but if it can keep physical bookstores alive I think it would be doing a very good thing for society. It's too easy to not download an app, or buy a non-reading tablet, or not visit a book website. Physical bookstores force people to acknowledge the place of books and learning in the public consciousness.

Seal-Bin Han
Seal-Bin Han

Samsung needs to start partnering with companies that are cash flow positive.