The initiative will feature new fiction and non-fiction works from the “most compelling voices” already selling books, essays or textbooks through the NOOK platform. Users will receive a “selection” of between three and five works, consisting of at least 5,000 words in total, every other month for $1.99 a pop.
The debut NOOK Snaps collection, available now, includes new titles by Jessanne Collins, Mickey Rapkin, Michael Dahlie and Brian Raftery.
Amazon is clearly Barnes & Noble’s biggest threat – it’s arguably the market leader at the moment – and its range of Kindle tablets and ereaders continues to sell very well. More sophisticated tablets, such as the iPad mini and Nexus 7, are also offering a pretty compelling experience for bookworms, putting yet more pressure on the NOOK platform.
NOOK is also available as an iOS, Android and Windows RT/8 app. Barnes & Noble announced earlier this month that it would be adding over 8,000 comics and graphic novels to its iOS iteration, as well as a new ‘Zoom View’ feature to help readers hone in on specific panels.