Preorders for the Nook HD and Nook HD+, Barnes & Noble’s latest tablets, are up 240 percent from previous Nook preorder periods.
Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch revealed the news yesterday at Liberty Media Investor Conference in New York City. At the event hosted by Barnes & Noble’s parent company, Lynch also stated that he expects the Nook Bookstore to be available in 10 international markets by June 2013.
The Nook tablets are expected to ship by the end of October, slightly earlier than the company had predicted when it announced the tablets last month. The $199 Nook HD is a lightweight 7-inch tablet and the $269 Nook HD+ is a 9-inch tablet. The Nook HD features a high res 1440 x 900 screen with 243 pixels per inch and HD video playback of up to 720p. It weighs 11 ounces and runs a dual-core 1.3GHz high-speed processor. The Nook HD+ has an even more big resolution screen at 1920 x 1280 and 256 pixels per inch. It plays back video in up to 1080p, true HD.
The devices will be available through Barnes & Noble, as well as through Walmart and Target, both of whom recently stopped selling Kindles.