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A New World of Kids' Books on Barnes & Noble's Nookco

By SLJ Staff October 29, 2010

P.D. Eastman's Go, Dog. Go! (Random, 1966), Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005), and Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle (William Morrow, 1965) are just some of the over a thousand picture and chapter books that Barnes & Noble is offering on its new Nookcolor.

Along with this week's release of the updated ereader, the bookselling giant announced Nook kids, which offers 130 digital picture books—a number that's expected to double by the end of the year—and 12,000 chapter books.

"Storytime comes to life with enhanced NOOKbooks that invite kids to interact with the text and pictures on the page-allowing them to follow along as their adventures are read aloud to them," reads the Nook kids website. "With NOOK kids children have a whole new way to immerse themselves in their favorite stories and bond with their beloved characters through the largest selection of eBooks available."

Nookcolor, a $249 wireless portable tablet with a seven-inch full color touch screen, is also offering an array of other digital content. Nooknewsstand provides periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA TODAY to Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, and Elle.

In addition, users can browse through an extensive digital catalog of more than two million titles, including classics, new releases, and bestsellers, as well as thousands of titles from independent publishers and self-publishing authors.

There's even a social networking component called Nookfriends that lets users share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. And make sure to look for Nookcolor's growing collection of multimedia titles that offers instructive video and audio to learn about travel, cooking, and music.

"With Nookcolor, we've combined the functionality and convenience of a seven -inch portable wireless tablet with the reader-centricity of a dedicated ereader, and employed a breakthrough color screen technology that will wow customers," say William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. "Nookcolor enables web browsing over wifi, music, games, and much more, but reading anything and everything in brilliant color is the killer app and squarely the product's focus."

The majority of titles in the Barnes & Noble Nookbook Store are $9.99 or less, including most current New York Times bestsellers. Customers can also read Nookbooks for free in any Barnes & Noble store through its Read In Store program, which lets users look through as many books as they wish for one hour per title. Users can also enjoy more than one million free classics and free reading by checking out additional titles from public libraries.

NOOKcolor is available for pre-order and will begin shipping on or about November 19.