Nook launches amid ‘soaring’ digital book sales



The Nook e-reader is being launched in the UK as JK Rowling’s latest novel and the Fifty Shades trilogy attract more and more of us to reading.

The Nook e-reader is being launched in the UK as JK Rowling's latest novel and the Fifty Shades trilogy attract more and more of us to reading.

People buying the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch e-reader will be able to store up to 1,000 books on it despite it being much thinner than the average paperback. There is also a GlowLight model, which features a backlit screen to make bedtime reading easier on the eye.

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The Nook has already won legions of fans in the US.

Weighing in at just 200 grams, it's also ideal for those of us who like to do our reading on the go.

The Nook follows in the footsteps of other devices such as the Kindle as the appeal of e-readers spreads. Figures from the Publishers Association suggest more and more of us are doing our reading digitally.

The trade body said during the first half of this year the value of digital fiction sales was up 188% compared to 2011.

People picking up the Nook will also be able to download from more than 2.5 million books from a special store, while newshounds can also get their fix with access to British and US newspapers and magazines also available.

As well as the e-reader, the firm also announced plans to launch a range of tablets in the UK, hoping to capture the attention of those of us who prefer surfing the web and watching movies to reading. Two versions of the Nook HD tablet will be launched - one with a seven-inch screen, measured diagonally, and the nine-inch Nook HD+.

The e-reader hits the shelves in early October but is already available for pre-order.

The tablets are expected to launch in mid-November.