2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 9, 2013 1:10 PM by Wulfraed

    Why isn't the Nook HD released internationally?

      Practically every tablet manufacturer has released their tablets globally. The iPad and Nexus 7 are available all over the world, so why is the Nook still stuck in the US and UK? Barnes & Noble won't get much global recognition (or marketshare) if they ignore the rest of the world.
        • Re: Why isn't the Nook HD released internationally?

          Good question.  It may have something to do with local laws (DRM), or even having to translate everything into that country's language (and some countries have more than 1 official language--Belgium and Switzerland, for example).  Ever use Microsoft Word in France?  It's surreal--you see the same icons, dropdown menus, etc, but of course commands are in French.

          • Re: Why isn't the Nook HD released internationally?

            Mainly, it would be because B&N doesn't have a shop for each country.


            Remember, the iPad and Nexus are sold mainly as general purpose tablets by companies with global subsidiaries. B&N is primarily a US-based /bookstore/, and the Nook is sold as an e-Reader (with built-in B&N shop).


            Due to contracts, B&N may not be able to sell books in another country -- especially if the publisher hasn't released the print version of the book in those countries (not to mention changes like UK: Philosopher's Stone vs US: Sorcerer's Stone). B&N would have to 1) have a presence in those countries [eg; a "shop" specific to the country] and 2) obtain contracts with the publishers to match the releases of those countries. Then the Nook could be registered to the local subsidiary [determined by CC number and billing address] and access the shop. Just look at the hassles the UK release is encountering.