Barnes & Noble Tests UK Waters With Its Nook Ereaders

By Sam Gibbs on at

Barnes & Noble, which has about the only serious competitor in the US to Amazon and its Kindle Fire, is firing two of its Nook ereaders into the UK. Hopefully it'll find our waters nice and toasty and send over its bigger brother the Nook Tablet, sooner rather than later.

The Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with GlowLight, are pretty decent but fairly standard ereaders, one, as its name might suggest, with a light so you can read in the dark. We don't know yet how much they'll cost, or when exactly they'll be available, but they're pretty decent competitors to the Kindle in the US, so they should hopefully come in around the £60-£80 mark later in mid-October.

B&N is also launching its own store to support the Simple Touch in the UK. Hopefully that'll open the door for its Kindle Fire-competitor, the Android-powered Nook Tablet, which is both cheap and packed full of pretty decent-looking content. We've been waiting for what seems like forever for the Kindle Fire to make its way over to our shores, but now maybe Barnes & Noble will beat Amazon to it. Let's hope so, the Google Nexus 7 needs some better competition and the Nook might well be it.