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Google Play store joins Nook

Barnes & Noble says users want multifunction tablets, not just e-readers


May 03. 2013 11:40PM


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NEW YORK — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.


The bookstore chain added Google’s Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday. The move expands the number of apps available from the roughly 10,000 the Nook already offered in its own store — such as Angry Birds and Netflix — to 700,000-plus apps and games offered on Google Play. And it comes after a weak holiday sales season for the Nook, which is struggling to gain market share in the rapidly expanding tablet market.


CEO William Lynch said research and sales during the holidays show that consumer preference is shifting toward all-purpose tablets rather than simple e-readers.


“We saw coming off holiday the market moved to multifunction tablets,” he said. “Consumer research showed us the breadth of applications available is really critical.”


Lynch said the company had been in discussions with Google “on and off” for the past several years.


“This addresses the one perceived gap that we had with other tablets virtually overnight,” he said. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.


The update is automatic and will occur over-the-air to all devices connected to Wi-Fi. It will also include other Google Inc. services like the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps. Google Play Music includes millions of songs as well.


The prices and styles of the Nooks that Barnes & Noble offers are not changing. The 7-inch Nook HD starts at $199 and the 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet starts at $269. Barnes & Noble also sells non-tablet e-book readers, the Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which will not offer Google Play.




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