Will Barnes and Noble Release a New Nook This Year?


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There’s been some speculation about Amazon releasing a new Kindle this fall for the Kindle’s 10th anniversary, but will Barnes and Noble be releasing a new Nook this year?

You never really know what B&N is going to do when it comes to their Nook business. It seems like they’re just as likely to give up on Nook as they are to continue making new Nooks.

But one thing we do know is B&N has a history of releasing a new Nook every two years.

The last model, the Nook Glowlight Plus, was released in October 2015.

The model before that, the Nook Glowlight, was released at the end of October 2013, and the original Nook Touch was released in 2011.

With the Glowlight Plus hitting its two-year birthday in less than two months, you have to wonder if B&N has a new Nook in the works.

Not many people were expecting the waterproof 300 ppi Glowlight Plus when it was released, so it’s entirely possible that B&N could surprise us again.

What if B&N releases a 7.8-inch Nook similar to the Kobo Aura One?

If Amazon makes the mistake of releasing another 6-inch Kindle with the same screen and features as current Kindles, that could be an advantage for B&N. It would probably be too little too late for most would-be customers, but there’s not really much B&N could do with another 6-inch Nook to differentiate it from the Glowlight Plus.

How many people would be willing to give Barnes and Noble another chance if they somehow released a new unique and cutting-edge Nook?

27 Responses to “Will Barnes and Noble Release a New Nook This Year?”

  1. A 6.8 or 7.8 would be great, as long as it reads various formats like a Kobo. They can still be successful if they get leadership that understands technology.

  2. If they came out with a larger than 6 inch new e-ink device I would definitely buy it.

    • Added to that comment, I hope that if they do come out with a new reader they do a better job at launching it than they did with the Glowlight Plus. All of the problems they had with Adobe Digital Editions for library books really hurt them from the start. They would really need to make sure the new reader was almost flawless right out of the gate in order to inspire enough confidence from their customers to be willing to take a chance with them.

      • Their next product is going to have to make them stand out above the rest. I prefer someone like B&N since they are in the US and provide technical assistance locally. B&N needs to use that as a selling point.

      • I bought a Glowlight Plus, but returned it a week later because it no longer had a font that approached being bold. Previously, the Nook Simple Touch had Helvetica Neue font, which was somewhat bold.

        I got the impression that B&N hadn’t done much consumer testing before releasing it. Result: techie bells and whistles, such as thinner fonts, which were not necessarily what customers wanted.

  3. I’d have zero confidence in a new nook. People are still having lots of trouble getting library books to work. After having the Kobo Aura One with built-in library ebooks, I’ll never go back.

  4. I think they should come up with a better business plan…

  5. I bought the first nook color I don’t know how many years ago. Didn’t get anything new until…this summer, 2017.
    I got the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and I’m really just lukewarm over it. Probably spent too much for what it is but I wanted a new nook color and the Samsung was what they had to sell for my budget.
    If they only do a new B&W screen I wouldn’t get it anyway.

  6. Given that they are formally shutting down the (semi-moribund) Nook Support Forums on September 7, I’d suggest that the answer is most probably “no.”

    • By that logic they’ll be giving up Nook tablets and stop selling Nook ebooks too since they were apart of the forums as well, so I don’t see it as a nail in the coffin for Nook devices just yet.

      • No. It does not mean that. It is however further indication that they’re not willing to throw any more money at the project.

        They will most likely continue selling existing Nook models as long as their sales are sufficient to warrant it. However if they’re unwilling to spend the minimal amount of cash to maintain a support forum, then I’d suggest that they’re unlikely to be willing to spend the more substantial amount of cash necessary to develop a new model.

  7. I have a weak spot for Nooks since my first NST ist still going strong, and was quite a versatile platform thanks to rooting. Now, Android 2.1 is really showing its age, and a new, updated, easily rootable and well-made device would be more than welcome.
    But looking at current developments around B&N, I have my doubts..

  8. I agree with Hrafn. B&N is shutting down the Nook Support Forums so the likelihood of a new Nook eInk device is very low.

    Amazon has a strangle hold on the US market. I had a recent email exchange with an author I recently discovered by purchasing one of their books through Kobo. I discovered that the book is no longer sold by Kobo AND no longer accessible in my cloud library, even though I purchased it. The author told me he can’t make a living as a writer unless he sells exclusively through Amazon. Since Amazon only sells their own propitiatory formats, they have effectively limited this author, and I assume many more, to selling their books for Kindle. I would think there has to be something illegal about that.

    • proprietary, not propitiatory. Stupid spell check.

      • Not sure if I understand your response. Why can’t the author make the book available on both Amazon (mobi format) and Kobo and B&N (epub format). It is really easy to publish to both formats.

        • Amazon requires exclusivity but only for titles offered through Kindle Unlimited and KOLL. No one is forcing authors to use it so it’s certainly not illegal. I wanted to offer my Kindle tips and tricks ebook for free through KU and KOLL but couldn’t because a lot the content was posted here too. Amazon is big enough and is already dominating the ebook market so I think it’s all rather unnecessary.

    • B&N did their best with their own tablets. They need update those models by making them lighter, faster and rootable.

      As for ereaders, they should sell Kobo eReaders.

  9. I would most definitely by a new Nook as long as you can get books from the library.

  10. I would definitely buy a new Nook if it was released this year. Especially if the price was competitive.

  11. I owned the first nook, and replaced it with a kindle and never looked back it would be great if Amazon allowed a B&N app in the kindle and please a library app. I didn’t realize until I read it here that kobo offered a built in library I will certainly be looking into that

  12. I would love a new Nook without the bloat ware that is on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and with more memory.

  13. I personally prefer a larger screen as I want to be able to read books and search the web. I require versatility and that’s why I went with a Samsung built Nook 10.5 first and then got a Pixel C. But I started out with the very ancient Nook 3G with WiFi. I can download my Nook books and read on b&n app as will as Kobo, Amazon and the semi-ever popular Google Books. Just do your research before forking over the money.

  14. I absolutely love my nook. My husband has bought every new style that has come out. I have over 400 books on my current nook. It goes everywhere with my since it fits inyo my purse. Please keep updating this product, it provides competion in the market place.

  15. B&N is bleeding to death in a dying market and no buyers are in sight, on account of the whole dying thing.

    Think they’re spending any money on Nook development? No.

  16. If a new Nook is released I HOPE IT WON’T BE WHITE! yUCK!

  17. I am a loyal Nook user, and would definitely consider buying a new Nook, especially if I can read library books on it. My Nook Color is still going strong, except for a couple of glitches.

  18. It would be nice to see a new nook come out with the glowlight feature as well as waterproof, the option of using other book formats with maybe an audio feature.

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