(Press Release) FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (April 14, 2011) - Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today announced that Staples will be selling the NOOK Color(TM), the first full-color touch Reader's Tablet by Barnes & Noble, just in time for the Mother's Day, Graduation and Father's Day gift-giving season. The perfect gift for people who love to read everything, NOOK Color delivers digital books, magazines, newspapers, children's books and more in immersive, rich color, all in one beautiful, thin and highly portable device. Staples, the only office superstore to carry NOOK Color, will carry the award-winning device in all of its stores nationwide and at Staples.com for $249, beginning May 1.
"Staples is excited to bring this amazing product with its enhanced applications to our stores this Spring, which is just in time to celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day with a gift of the newest technology," said Mark Mettler, senior vice president for consumer technology at Staples. "We invite Staples customers to experience a live demonstration of the NOOK's many features in all our U.S. locations and also enjoy the convenience of free shipping when ordering on Staples.com."
NOOK Color features a stunning 7-inch VividView(TM) Color Touchscreen which brings content to life. NOOK Color customers can shop the vast and growing collection of more than 2 million digital books, more than 140 interactive, full-color magazines and major newspapers and more in the NOOK Bookstore. NOOK Color customers can also easily share books, recommendations, excerpts, reading status and more with friends through leading social networking sites and e-mail. And the highly acclaimed Reader's Tablet keeps getting better. Following a major, free update to the NOOK Color firmware this Spring, customers will be able to discover and enjoy an amazing array of popular apps for NOOK Color, along with full-featured e-mail and other highly requested features.