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Dear Publisher

3 March 2016

From Nook Press:

Dear Publisher,

We are writing to announce an important change to our NOOK Service that will affect NOOK Press vendors publishing content in the United Kingdom. Effective March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom. The NOOK Store on NOOK devices sold in the UK, on the NOOK Reading App for Android, and at www.nook.com/gb will discontinue operations.

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There is no change to NOOK Service or NOOK Press in the United States. If you are an author based outside the US in a supported country, you can continue to use NOOK Press to publish digital content in the United States and receive payment in your local currency.

Link to the rest at Nook Press and thanks to Joshua and others for the tip.


21 Comments to “Dear Publisher”

  1. Ashe Elton Parker

    Uh-oh. How much longer before B&N discontinues their Nook product and bookstore here in the US? Yet another reason for me to switch to another type of ereader.

  2. *hair on fire* Everything is under control!

    Anybody want to make a bet when the first article blaming Amazon is posted? 🙂

  3. Hands up those who didn’t know they sold in the UK to begin with?

  4. And this is why I’ve been telling my friends for years not to buy a Nook.

  5. I suspect the front tires are over the cliff and the car is teetering.

  6. I wonder what happens to people in the UK who own Nooks. Where do they buy their books?

    • Amazon, then side-load?

      Could you imagine B&N providing instructions on how to strip DRM from Amazon content and side-load onto the Nook? “Hah! This will show the world how useless Amazon’s DRM is, and everyone will come back to shopping with us. What could go wrong?”

    • http://gizmodo.com/5880430/the-dead-simplest-way-to-root-your-nook-tablet

      Then you can install the Kindle app AND an epub reader.

      I suppose you could also install the nook app as well, assuming that you still get access to nook books you’ve already purchased in the UK. The announcement didn’t address that little point.

      • “NOOK customers in the UK will continue to have access to purchased NOOK Books until May 31, 2016. After this date, NOOK has arranged for the award‑winning Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand to provide access to customers’ purchased NOOK Books.”

        Apparently you read Sanisbury’s books with an android app, so it would be all good.

  7. Nook was never more than an also-ran in the UK, so it’s not much of a loss. Plenty of UK readers already shop on Amazon, iBooks and Kobo. The Nook UK customers (all 6 or 7 of them) will find plenty of better ebook stores eager to have their business.

    • There really are no also-rans in the digital publishing world. At this point, pretty much only Amazon has even bothered to show up to the race.

      I’d like to see Apple put on its sneakers. I really would.

  8. This brings us back around to justifying lower prices on eBooks. When I buy a physical book, it will last as long as the quality of its paper– from a low of forty years to as much as a thousand. eBooks will last only so long as the company supporting their cloud storage + successive iterations of hardware devices + format. While I personally have text files that are over 30 years old that I composed in the days of DOS, I’ve had to put in a lot of effort to transfer them from program to program and machine to machine. Nook books will have had a lifespan of what, less than ten years? I wonder too if B&N was reluctant to pull the plug because once they abandon Nook support they will have lost all credibility going forward in reintroducing eReaders.

    • “I wonder too if B&N was reluctant to pull the plug because once they abandon Nook support they will have lost all credibility going forward in reintroducing eReaders.”

      And it will also rub everyone’s nose in the fact that it’s stupid to pay a lot for something that can die/go away so easily — which will kill even more of the qig5’s ebook sales.

      And I’m with you on the trying to keep/save older files. Found some old (pre-2000) Playboy video CDs (not DVDs) that had drivers to play their AVI files on 95/98. XP and 7 have no idea how to play those older style AVI, so I have one dusty system that can still see what Playboy thought would sell almost twenty years ago … 😉

    • I see your point, but not strictly true. The books don’t disappear. They remain on your device. You can download them to your computer, convert them and migrate them to another device. In theory they could last a lot longer than that eight-track tape of Bread’s Greatest Hits you bought when you were fourteen.

      • My Bread recordings would last just as long — if I performed the same maintenance (transfer to new medium, upgrade format, maintain hardware). Nook owners will definitely want to backup their files to their own computers; apparently for the UK customers books in their libraries that cannot be supported by Sainsbury’s (indie-published books & magazines I think purchased via Nook store) will get Sainsbury credit in compensation. Not sure how they will determine the valuation.


        • The Bread example, by the way—despite your ability to maintain it—is simply proof of the impermanence of media and our need to repurchase (or refurbish) our favorites every so often. Books fall apart, tape stretches and develops drop-outs, paintings fade, records get scratched…

          If anything, digital is probably the most permanent option we have right now, much to the chagrin of the folks who would like to sell us the same thing in a new format.

          • My classical CDs (copyright on them say ’88) still play just fine — playing this minute in fact. 😉

            While we ‘can’ lose digital recordings/data, copying it for backup reasons is easier than most any other type of recording. Though one problem might be having the way to decode/play the older formats. (Microsoft’s making each version of word change doc files just enough to not be readable by older versions come to mind.)

            • CDs have a limited lifespan, so backing up is an excellent idea. And Word—as much as I despise it—does allow you to save your file as an older version so it’s readable by others.

              There are also plenty of data geniuses out there who will show you how to convert your digital media to any new format. That’s the beauty of digital.

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