We told you yesterday about the new Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and it looks amazing. Lot’s of features that you see on lots of different tablets, and some interesting bells and whistles, but the new Nook Tablet does have a few tricks up it’s sleeve. Beginning next week the Nook will be offering the world’s largest collection of digital Marvel Graphic Novels.
This is potentially huge news because even in a world of digital day and date releases of single issues, many readers still prefer to wait for the collected editions. The explosion of book stores like Barnes & Noble really helped fuel a “wait for the trades” mentality amongst comic fans who have grown tired of the complexity of keeping up with single issues. So there is a nice symmetry to having a Barnes & Noble tablet lead the way in digital graphic novels.
Reading comics digitally is just now coming into play in a major way. With DC releasing it’s major titles digitally day and date and Marvel making advances to do the same, digital comic consumption could save the industry that gave the world so many iconic characters. It is also smart of Barnes & Noble to focus on the graphic novel side of the marketplace, digital distribution could hinder trade sales, so utilizing the oft proven “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em” strategy could prove very lucrative.
Full details, including a sampling of what graphic novels will be available for the Nook Tablet, after the jump
“Marvel Entertainment announced today that the hotly-anticipated NOOK Tablet from Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) will offer readers access to the greatest graphic novels of all time. Featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more of the world’s most popular super heroes, NOOK Tablet launches with a digital library of your favorite Marvel graphic novels—and more of your favorite stories are on the way! NOOK Tablet utilizes the world’s most advanced VividView™ Touchscreen, offering readers a chance to experience the action-packed epics of Marvel graphic novels in Barnes & Noble’s fastest, lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment.
“This is a huge opportunity for Marvel—and the entire comics medium—to reach a wider audience than ever before thanks to Barnes & Noble’s exciting new NOOK Tablet,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “Barnes & Noble is committed to offering customers a broad array of Marvel graphic novels, both digitally and through their massive in-store selection, which can only help bring fans into our exciting world of Super Heroes and unparalleled storytelling.”
Users can purchase digital copies of their favorite Marvel graphic novels through NOOK Bookstore™, with a selection including such hits as Civil War, Invincible Iron Man, Captain America, Thor by JMS, Astonishing X-Men, New Avengers,Marvels and more! These graphic novels will also be available on the highly-acclaimed NOOK Color™.
“We’re excited to bring NOOK customers the largest available digital collection of graphic novels from Marvel Entertainment,” said Theresa Horner, Barnes & Noble’s Vice President of Digital Content. “The high resolution of our VividView color touchscreen makes the action virtually jump off the page, and takes graphic novels to a whole new level of entertainment.”
Starting next week, the world’s greatest super heroes, their most acclaimed stories and most powerful graphic novels arrive on NOOK Tablet! Experience NOOK Tablet at any Barnes & Noble bookstore or at www.nook.com“