Barnes & Noble announced three more partners for its Nook UK launch this fall: Academic bookseller Blackwell’s, independent bookseller Foyles and general retail chain Argos. B&N also announced John Lewis as a retail partner earlier this week.
Barnes & Noble is preparing to launch its Nook e-readers (but not the Nook Tablet or Nook Color) in the UK this October, and announced its first retail partner there — department store John Lewis — earlier this week. Now add Argos, Blackwell’s and Foyles to the list for a total of 800 UK stores selling the Nook.
Foyles is an independent bookstore chain with six stores in London and Bristol. “Barnes & Noble’s NOOK was born in and developed by a bookshop, so it is the ideal digital reading device to be sold by one,” said Foyles CEO Sam Husain said. Meanwhile, academic bookseller Blackwell’s will sell Nooks at its 55 college shops and other stores.
Argos is a large general retailer with 700 stores in the UK and Ireland. It already sells Kindle, Kobo and Sony e-readers. Amazon also sells the Kindle at Waterstones, the UK’s largest bookstore chain, John Lewis, Tesco and other UK retailers.