Barnes & Noble and Samsung added a new device to their lineup of reader-focused tablets: the $249 Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook.
The Galaxy Tab E Nook is the third device to spring from the. The deal, stuck in June 2014, effectively ended Barnes & Noble's hardware ambitions, with the company leaving others to build Nook-branded devices. The Galaxy Tab E Nook follows its predecessors with a larger display and a lower price.
The new tablet's 9.6-inch screen allows you to read books, magazines and newspapers in both portrait and landscape mode. You can multitask using Samsung's Multi-Window, a feature that splits the tablet's screen to run two apps simultaneously. It also comes with a microSD card slot, along with Microsoft Office pre-installed.
The tablet, which is 0.33 inches thick and weighs 1.2 pounds, also comes with an offer of three free Nook Books and three free Nook magazines from a range of titles, plus a $5 starter credit and free lifetime in-store support.
"We're excited to give our customers even more ways to experience reading and entertainment with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook and its spacious large display," said Fred Argir, chief digital officer at Barnes & Noble, in a statement.
The Galaxy Tab E joins two other Nook tablets from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook and the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook. The Galaxy Tab E Nook Tablet costs $249, with the others at $399 and $149 respectively.
Tablets were a hot commodity just a few years ago, but interest decline 8 percent this year, with consumers holding onto their older tablets or opting for bigger-screen smartphones.with the industry offering few reasons to upgrade. Samsung's tablet sales have struggled lately, and rival Apple has seen iPad sales fall year over year . Research firm IDC in August that tablet shipments worldwide will