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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced a new partnership that would see the two companies creating co-branded Nook tablets.

Based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware and featuring customized Nook software, the tablets are designed to be powerful, full-featured and focused on reading. Naturally, the Nook store will be prominently featured and easily accessible.

Early August will see the US introduction of a 7 inch Nook tablet, and will be available through Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar stores as well as through bn.com.

“We are very excited and proud to partner with Samsung, a world-class technology and tablet leader, to create customized co-branded devices featuring our valuable NOOK reading experience and digital content catalog for Barnes & Noble customers nationwide,” said Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Standing behind these great new devices will be the power of our 40,000 Barnes & Noble booksellers combined with our deep bookselling and retail expertise to provide sales support and personalized in-store customer service for our lineup of new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK products. Partnering with Samsung brings our customers great new products and evidences our commitment to our NOOK customers and growing our digital content business.”

Does the idea of a Samsung/B&N teamup catch your fancy, or is this doomed to lag behind Amazon’s Kindle Fire? Let us know in the comments, on the forums, or anywhere in social media!

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2 Responses

  1. Tommy T. Shirt

    Samsung would team up with a local softball team if they thought they could make a sale out of it.

  2. Dave Ambrose

    Custom Nook software? If it’s anything like the current mess on my tablet, who’s going to care?