This brings B&N's collection of UK retail partners up to 7 or 8, depending on how you are counting. Other partners include John Lewis, Argos, Foyles, and Blackwells. I have no details on whether the chains will sell the ebooks, but my guess is that they likely won't. B&N seems to be planning to go it alone in ebook and content sales.
And in other news, B&N has also fixed the UK retail prices for their ereaders. The Nook Touch will be sold in its current form in the UK for £79, and the Nook Glow will cost £109. I still don't have the launch date, but those prices are solid.
My sources have also indicated that the current Nook devices are the ones going overseas, not any still-hoped-for and not yet announced new models. As you can probably guess from the summer launches of the Nook Touch, Nook Glow, and Nook Wifi (original), B&N has a schedule for updating their ereaders. The E-ink devices aren't expected to be refreshed until at least next spring.
And that means that the Nook is going to be without the new HD E-ink screen until at least next April or May, putting this ereader a step behind the Kobo Glo and the Kindle Paperwhite. Both those ereaders are expected to ship with the 1024x768 resolution screen. For me, that would be a good reason to get one of the newer devices - assuming the prices are similar.
While you can't always tell the difference between the regular E-ink screen and the HD screen, I expect that Amazon will be able to show the difference. They've been working on showing content on E-ink screens for 6 years or more, and that is likely going to have a positive effect on apparent screen quality of the Kindle Paperwhite.
And this just goes to show why sometimes you should hold a device while waiting for the better tech rather than launch with what you have; B&N will be a step behind the competition for another 7 to 9 months.
Edit: Due to a miscommunication with B&N's marketing firm I've had to go back and remove details which were supposed to stay embargoed for a while longer.