Barnes & Noble to Expand NOOK Newsstand
Barnes & Noble is expanding and growing their popular NOOK Newsstand feature. NOOK Color users will be able to access more interactive and full-color versions of their favorite newspapers, magazines and other periodicals. The expansion includes new titles like Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Fortune and Fitness magazine. The Newsstand offers more of the most popular magazines than any competing digital periodical provider. The touchscreen of the NOOK also allows for special interactive features.
Print subscribers to any of the magazines offered by the Newsstand can access the digital copies for free. For a small fee other users gain access to over 200 different titles, updated as new issues are released. NOOK Color users must download the free software update to take advantage of the expanded Newsstand. The download can be completed on any Wi-Fi connection.
By the end of the year all 21 titles offered by Time Inc. will be in the NOOK Newsstand. This includes diverse magazines like InStyle, Cooking Light, and Real Simple. Better Homes and Gardens is already part of the program, but will bring in new readers with a special interactive edition coming later this fall. Interactive and extra features for these periodicals include animations, videos, podcasts and photo galleries.
The most recent NOOK software update helps the device display all of these media extras in full quality. Finding your favorite article in a NOOK magazine is easy too – just tap on the headline on the cover or in the table of contents to jump right to it. Other titles don’t feature the extra interactive material, but names like Ladies’ Home Journal, The Knot and Smithsonian Magazine are worth reading just for the articles. Daily and weekly newspaper offerings are also being expanded so that readers around the world can get the most relevant news updates quickly.