December 5, 2013 Last Updated 11:14 am

NOOK Media begins eBook and magazine promotion in the UK through NOOK App for Windows 8.1

Customers Receive Five Free Bestselling Books and Five Free Top Magazines from a Select List, Available for a Limited Time on NOOK for Windows 8.1 in the UK

Press Release:

NEW YORK, NY – December 5, 2013 — NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., one of the world’s largest booksellers and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, together with Microsoft today announced a limited time free eBook and magazine offer through the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 in the United Kingdom. The perfect way to experience all that NOOK for Windows 8.1 has to offer, this exclusive deal enables customers who download the app to choose up to five free popular books and five free top magazines from a select list. The list features bestselling titles The Moaning Of Life by Karl Pilkington, Booker Prize winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, the beautifully illustrated art book England’s 100 Best Views, classic Christmas book Sleighbells in the Snow and Of Lions and Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo, along with current issues of top selling magazines Cosmopolitan UK, Men’s Health, T3, Esquire UK and Total Film.

“By providing bestselling books and top magazines for free, new NOOK customers in the UK can start their digital libraries with some great content from the NOOK Store®. We look forward to rolling out similar great offers to customers in more countries in the future, helping them to experience our unmatched reading platform,” said Jim Hilt, Managing Director, Barnes & Noble S.à.r.l. “With the recent announcement that the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is available in 32 countries we have underlined our commitment to bringing NOOK’s best-in-class digital reading experience to millions of new customers around the world.”

screen480x480-1“We are really excited to have the NOOK App on our platform. Our customers will benefit greatly from the exclusive offer of five free books and magazines from the NOOK Store. The Windows 8 operating system works across a range of devices, making it perfect for an eReading app like NOOK. This year, activations of Windows 8 devices has grown, and this in turn has seen our customers engaging deeply with the Windows Store. Currently, we have over 100,000 apps in the Windows Store and the NOOK App is a strong addition which will deliver a great reading experience to our customers,” said Dr. Fiona Fyfe, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Apps.

Barnes & Noble recently announced that the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is available to Windows 8.1 PC and tablet customers in 32 countries and in 12 languages through the Windows Store. The free app combines NOOK’s award-winning reading experience with shopping directly from the app, so customers from 32 countries around the globe can discover, explore and read a growing and diverse selection of books, magazines, newspapers and comics from any Windows 8.1 tablet or PC. For the full list of countries and for more information, visit www.nook.com/windows/countries. To get started, customers can sign in with a Microsoft account to seamlessly shop and read without having to set up an additional account, providing a dramatically simplified reading and shopping experience.

The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 Offers the Following Great Features:

A Growing and Diverse Digital Catalog: The fully integrated NOOK Store offers NOOK for Windows 8.1 customers access to a growing and diverse content collection with both local and international titles featuring:

  • Bestsellers, new releases, classics and more available in 32 countries in 21 languages, with highly customised local market content offerings in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
  • A large collection of the top international bestselling magazines available for both digital subscriptions and single copy sale, plus a large selection of leading daily and weekly newspapers.
  • A large and growing collection of full-color comics, graphic novels and kids’ comics.

Avid readers can sample NOOK Books for free and download content quickly without ever leaving the NOOK App for Windows 8.1.

Easy to Use Interface: Offering intuitive digital reading and content discovery, the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is designed for visual content discovery and infinite scrolling of content on a wide range of Windows 8.1 tablets using the fast and fluid Windows 8 touch experience. The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 also provides enhanced search-based discoverability from anywhere in the app, as well as a new library organisation feature that automatically organises newspapers and magazines into stacks, along with integrated library and shop search access. Customers can also import ePub and PDF files from “My PC” & SkyDrive, with imported files appearing in the NOOK Library™.

Seamless Shopping and Reading: Elevating the shopping experience to new digital heights, customers using the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 can browse books, magazines, newspapers and comics through NOOK’s leading digital content catalog, learn more about the title (including details and reviews) right from within the app, and tap to purchase and begin reading in seconds. Our unique NOOK Channels™ experience will bring the most personalised set of books based on customer interest, like having your favourite bookstore at your fingertips. And because the shopping experience is integrated into the app, there’s no need to launch an external browser or visit a Web page to complete a purchase or download the purchased content.

Updates Streamed Instantly to the Start Screen: The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 features live tile integration that delivers updates on the device’s Start screen, including the customer’s current read, progress within a book or magazine, latest periodicals or pre-ordered titles recently delivered to customers’ NOOK Library, and more.

Access Reading Content Anywhere: Like all Free NOOK Reading Apps™, purchased content is safely stored in the NOOK Cloud™, making it easy for customers to access digital books, magazines and more wherever they go. Using NOOK Sync™ technology, the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 automatically syncs a customer’s last page read across all of their Windows 8.1 devices. Start reading a magazine on a Windows PC and seamlessly dive back in on a Windows tablet to keep reading virtually anytime, anywhere – all without losing the page.

The NOOK App for Windows 8.1 is now available to download for free in the Windows Store on all Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets in supported countries. Customers can learn more about the NOOK App for Windows 8.1 in their country at www.nook.com/windows/countries.

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