Barnes & Noble's original Nook Color has been one of the iPad's fiercest competitors thanks to a more accessible price point and streamlined, Android-based user interface. Not to be outdone by Amazon's new Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble announced on Monday the Nook Tablet and Marvel jumped on board with loads of comics!
Aesthetically the Nook Tablet bares quite a resemblance to the the Nook Color sporting a familiar gray and the same metal bar on the corner. It features a 7-inch screen, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has 16 GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD.
Like the Nook Color before it, the Nook Tablet will focus on books and magazines, but multimedia apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus will come preloaded on the device. Sadly, access to the full Android Market is still absent, though B&N says third-party apps will be rolling in.
It's great to to see B&N offering an updated model for the same $249 that brought home the Nook Color, but what has us most intrigued is all of the Marvel Comics we'll be able to read on it! That's right, The Nook Bookstore will be offering Nook Tablet users “the largest available digital collection of graphic novels from Marvel Entertainment,” including books such as Civil War, Invincible Iron Man, Captain America, Thor by JMS, Astonishing X-Men, New Avengers, Marvels and more.
“This is a huge opportunity for Marvel—and the entire comics medium—to reach a wider audience than ever before thanks to Barnes & Noble’s exciting new NOOK Tablet,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “Barnes & Noble is committed to offering customers a broad array of Marvel graphic novels, both digitally and through their massive in-store selection, which can only help bring fans into our exciting world of Super Heroes and unparalleled storytelling.”
DC Comics decided to hand over exclusive digital rights of a hundred titles to Amazon's new Kindle Fire, which means no Batman, Superman, Green Lantern or Watchmen(!) for those of us picking up a Nook Tablet next week. I know it's kind of a let down and Barnes & Noble didn't take it very lightly either. Two weeks ago they removed all of the physical copies of DC Comics titles from their store shelves saying they wouldn't sell them if they were denied digital sales.
The Nook Tablet will arrive in stores next week, but if you want to make sure you get your hands on one as soon as possible you can preorder right now.