B&N Names Argos, Blackwell’s, & Foyles as UK Retail Partners
Barnes & Noble put out another press release this morning naming 3 more retail partners in the UK. In addition to John Lewis (announced Tuesday), we now know that the Nook ereaders will be carries by Argos, Blackwell’s, and Foyles. Those 3 chains are a major retailer and 2 smaller booksellers, respectively. They’re still carrying only the Nook Touch and the Nook Glow devices, but like John Lewis there is no mention of the Nook Color or Nook Tablet.
Okay, so the Nook now has the start of a decent retail presence in the UK, which will likely grow. Good. Now I can turn my eye to the more interesting story.
B&N and Amazon seem to be having a press release war this week. They’ve both been issuing press releases for various stories, including ones today for the UK retail partners (B&N) and the expansion of the Amazon Appstore into Europe. I don’t yet know the reason for this fight but it is entertaining. It’s also worth noting because it’s a sign that B&N might be holding a launch event fairly soon. We know Amazon has one next week, so it’s possible that B&n also has an event in September.
Any guesses as to why?
Personally, I think the lack of a mention of the NC and NT might be a clue. The UK partners won’t be carrying B&N’s enhanced ereaders because B&N is about to launch a new model. If anyone cares to slip me a copy of the spec sheet, you know where to find me.