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Barnes & Noble to discontinue Nook digital service in UK

RBR Staff Writer Published 07 March 2016

US-based book retailer Barnes and Noble will stop selling digital content which includes fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and videos through its Nook service in the UK, starting 15 March.

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The company has signed a deal with UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, so that the customers can continue to access their content Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand.

Till then, Nook customers can purchase and download any remaining content which they would like to preserve in their device either directly through Nook's e-readers or through the Nook Reading App for iOS and Android.

Starting 31 May, the option to download purchases and synchronize Nook libraries will be discontinued.

Following the transfer of service onto Sainsbury's app, customers will be able to access a vast majority of Nook books, which will be available for download and read.

If the existing purchases are in stock, customers won't need to purchase them again. Vouchers will be made available for non-transferable titles.

Sainsbury's has an Android app for e-books, which is likely to help Nook readers. However, it is still unclear as to how Nook e-readers would be supported.

Barnes and Noble has not specified any reasons for its exit from the UK e-book market.

The company has notified customers regarding the discontinuation of the service.

In its address, Barnes and Noble stated that customers can access further instructions on how to transfer their Nook books to a new or existing Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand account through an email which would be sent to their account in the coming weeks.

Image: Barnes & Noble discontinues e-book service in the UK. Photo: Courtesy of Beyond My Ken/Wikipedia.