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College Newspapers Now Available on Nook

College students who are back to school can now read their campus’ newspapers on their Nook. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media arm announced today that it will distribute digital newspapers from leading colleges and universities from across the U.S. through the Nook Newsstand.

The partnership includes publications from Harvard, Columbia, Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and University of Texas at Austin. Nook users can buy monthly subscriptions to these newspapers from the digital newsstand and then read them on their device or through the Nook app.

The distribution comes through a deal with UWIRE. “Through NOOK’s exclusive partnership with UWIRE, we are providing a new and convenient way to stay connected with your favorite college or university,” stated Jonathan Shar, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Content, NOOK Media LLC. “NOOK is now the only place that provides easy access to over 500 digital editions of college and university newspapers, delivering them to students, alumni, faculty, and sports fans, across all NOOK devices and NOOK reading apps.”

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Barnes & Noble Releases Nook Video Apps

Barnes & Noble subsidiary Nook Media has introduced a new line of Nook video apps for iOS, Android and Roku devices. The app allows users to purchase and stream video through their devices from the Nook content library. They can stream across devices, much like the other video apps already in the marketplace.

“With the new NOOK Video Apps, customers can now easily access the thousands of movies and TV shows available from major studios and content partners on their TV and mobile devices,” stated Jonathan Shar, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Digital Content, at NOOK Media LLC.

The move appears to be a last ditch effort to revive the Nook business which has struggled with eBook and device sales over the past year. The challenges at Nook are likely what led William Lynch, the company’s former CEO, to resign from the company this past June. The push to revive the Nook tablet as a video streaming device may be too little too late. Nook video apps face stiff competition. Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and Hulu all have apps that offer video streaming with content partners from similar movie studios.