US book retailers Barnes & Noble is negotiating to bring its nook ebook reader to the UK.
According to reports, B&N is in talks with Waterstones to offer the device via the UK bookseller’s 300 stores. A tie up between the two companies has been long rumoured.
The nook’s arrival in the UK would help the device compete against Amazon’s Kindle, Kobo’s range of readers which are available from WHSmith and Asda and Apple’s iPad which offers books via the iBooks app.
Waterstones was the first major UK retailer to offer eBooks through a deal to sell Sony’s digital reader. It has since gone on to stock a rage of ereaders.
However the absence of an own-label reader led to the retailer losing marketshare following the arrival of the Kindle.
If Waterstones does reach an agreement to offer the nook it would mean neither of the UK’s major high street book retailers had their own device.