Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest bookstore chain, also said its Nook devices would be sold in hundreds of electronics stores and supermarkets across Britain as it tried to establish a foothold overseas.
The new devices are a seven-inch tablet for $199, called the Nook HD, and a nine-inch tablet for $269, the Nook HD Plus. Company executives promoted them as being lighter and faster than comparable tablets, a market that is crowded with competitors from Apple, Amazon and Google.
The nine-inch tablet, Barnes & Noble’s first device of that size, is a product aimed at the lower end of a market dominated by Apple’s iPad. The newest iPad starts at $499.