Barnes & Noble’s Nook Will Likely Launch In UK In 2012

Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader will hit the UK “in the not too distant future,” a company VP said yesterday. The Kindle and Kobo are already sold in the country.

UK book trade publication The Bookseller quotes Theresa Horner, Barnes & Noble’s VP of digital content, speaking at the Publishers Association’s International Conference in London: “Our focus originally was very much on providing a successful platform in the US to work from, before taking our product overseas….We are working a lot more closely [on that], and I imagine that in the not too distant future you’ll be able to find one of these devices here.” She did not provide specifics on whether the company would launch the Nook Tablet or dedicated Nook e-reader overseas first.

UK book retail chain Waterstones plans to launch an e-reader in 2012, and some have speculated that it could be some version of the Nook. Waterstones CEO James Daunt has not confirmed that the chain is working with Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), but as our international editor Robert Andrews wrote earlier this month, Daunt has “made it clear that he looks up to B&N for some leadership on how to sell an e-reader that can compete effectively with Amazon…It goes back to the power of physical versus online stores, and leveraging a bricks-and-mortar business to help sell the device.”

When asked about a partnership with Waterstones, Horner told The Bookseller, “I think B&N would say that having a chain of book stores is a great asset for selling book products, and if you think creatively about selling content, there is an endless well of possibilities for doing that.”