Nook Takes On Kindle And Kobo In UK : Pricing And Timing Revealed

Summary: Barnes & Noble has released pricing and availability details for its Amazon-rivalling range of tablets and e-readers.

Barnes & Royal is about to bring out the Place variety, such as opponents to Amazon Kindles and Kobo's gadgets, in the UK.

The US bookseller said back in Aug that the Spaces would be coming to the UK, but now it has declared costs and launch schedules for the particular gadgets — pre-orders begin in delayed Oct, and in-store accessibility in delayed Nov.

The company has also exposed a powerful variety of suppliers through which the e-readers and pills will be marketed, such as Sainsbury's and Waitrose markets, Currys and PC World gadgets shops, Blackwell's and Foyles bookstores, and David Lewis.

The new high-definition Place pills, shown above, will go up against high-end Amazon gadgets such as the Amazon kindle Flame HD.

The Place HD (right) has a seven-inch display and a 1440 x 900-pixel quality. It is costing £159, the same amount that Amazon is asking for the Amazon kindle Flame HD, which has a 1280 x 800-pixel quality and the same display dimension (the Kobo Arc has the same quality and dimension as well).

The 315g Place HD is around 20 percent less heavy than Amazon's competing, and a little bit quicker with a 1.3GHz dual-core processer to the Amazon kindle Flame HD's 1.2GHz dual-core event.

The Place HD+ (left) has a nine-inch display with a 1920x1280-pixel quality. Cost at £229, it would be going head-to-head with the Amazon kindle Flame 2 HD, which has an 8.9-inch display and a near-identical quality of 1920x1200 p — if Amazon were providing out the Amazon kindle Flame 2 HD in the UK, which it is not.
Barnes & Noble's e-readers can be pre-ordered now and will go available in beginning Oct, somewhat before Place pills.

The Place Easy Contact (right) expenses £79 and Easy Contact with GlowLight (left) £109. Both will be available through the same suppliers as the HD pills, as well as through Argos.

Comparing the e-readers straight with the Amazon Kindles currently available in the UK is challenging, at least with regards to price, as the entry-level Amazon kindle (£69) does not have touch performance and the Amazon kindle Contact (£109) has no built-in mild. Amazon is about to launch the Amazon kindle Paperwhite in the US, which does not have touch but does have a built-in mild.

It is far simpler to evaluate the new Place e-readers with those from Kobo, which are traded through WH Cruz in the UK.

The Kobo Glo provides both touch and a mild, and expenses £99.99 — especially less expensive than the B&N substitute. The Kobo eReader Contact Version, which does not have the mild and would therefore go up against the primary Easy Contact, expenses £79.99 — almost the same as its competing.
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