Barnes & Noble Teams up with Samsung to Make NOOK® the Only Reading App on the New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids
NOOK’s Reading App Is COPPA Compliant: Available Now Through a Software Update for Current Owners and Will Be Preloaded on New Devices Beginning Later This Year
Available Just in Time for the Holidays: Customers Who Purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids and Register a New NOOK Account Receive More Than $50 in Free Kids eBooks
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that the NOOK App for Kids is the only reading app on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. The app is compliant with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), providing a safe and regulated reading and learning experience for children. Current Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids owners can get the NOOK App for Kids today through a software update, and beginning later this year, the app will be preloaded on new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids devices.
The NOOK App for Kids provides Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids owners opening a new NOOK Account with more than $50 of free children’s NOOK Books® and magazines, including:
Strawberry Shortcake: Field Day
Kung Fu Panda: Art of Balance
Madagascar 3: Long Live the King
Penguins of Madagascar: Wonder from Down Under Part 1
Beast Friends Forever
Quest of the Warrior Sheep
Elliot & The Goblin War
American Girl (latest edition)
Ranger Rick (latest edition)
“This new relationship between Barnes & Noble and Samsung highlights both companies’ commitment to children’s literacy and learning,” said Mike Saturnia, Vice President and General Manager of NOOK Sales & Business Development. “By making our NOOK App for Kids available on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids device, we are giving parents a powerful tool to encourage their children to digitally read, discover and learn in a safe environment.”
The NOOK App for Kids provides a curated reading experience, with access to thousands of new and classic children’s titles, and is fully COPPA compliant. Kids can easily find a favorite story and engage with the books and their favorite characters – all on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.
The app helps parents select books that are appropriate for their children through the integrated digital bookstore. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids also comes preloaded with the full NOOK for Android™ app for use in Standard mode, providing adult users with access to more than 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, comics and graphic novels in the NOOK Store®, including more than a million free titles.
Current Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids owners can access the app through a software update by following the prompts in the notification. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is available starting now for $229.99 at Samsung.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, Sam’s Club, Tiger Direct and Toys “R” Us. In addition, a Galaxy Tab 3 Kids hard case bundle will be offered starting at $249.99. Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a tablet designed for kids and parents alike. Featuring dual operating modes, it lets parents easily switch between Kids mode and Standard mode. In Standard mode, parents can enjoy a traditional Android tablet experience and many of the benefits of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch device.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids comes equipped with parental controls, educational and entertainment apps, and unique content just for kids in a fun, interactive and secure family tablet.
Like all Free NOOK Reading Apps™, purchased content is safely stored through the NOOK Cloud™, making it easy for customers to access digital books, magazines and more wherever they go. NOOK Reading Apps automatically synchronize a customer’s last page read across all of their devices. Customers can learn more about the full suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps at www.nook.com/apps.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 674 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store® (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 692 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).
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About NOOK Media LLC
NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to Read What You Love, Anywhere You Like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store® of more than 3 million (US) and 2.5 million (UK) digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ and NOOK Video Apps™, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom at leading retailers; NOOK content can be purchased at www.nook.co.uk.
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About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.