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27 User Reviews
LAST UPDATED: October 14th, 2021
In 2012, Barnes & Noble released a new tablet designed mainly for reading books. The Barnes & Noble tablet, Nook, has capabilities similar to computer tablets, including the ability to listen to audiobooks. Today, Nook has an app that is available on the Nook tablet, Windows phones, and Android phones. With their app, people can download ebooks and audiobooks to listen to on the go. Barnes & Noble sold around 5 million Nook tablets in less than a year. Today, the number of people who use Nook continues to grow. While they do feature audiobooks you can purchase, the company mostly sells ebooks. 

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The Good

  • High book selection
  • Some free audiobooks
  • No membership fee

The Nook app has over 60,000 titles to choose from- slightly higher than the average. These titles include bestsellers, mystery, and family favorites. Before purchasing a book, the Nook app allows you to sample most of their content for free. There is even a small selection of free audiobooks. With Nook, there is no membership or subscriber fee. You simply pay for audiobooks as you listen to them. These audiobooks are around the same price you would pay for one audiobook at another company. Even though Nook audiobooks were created specifically for the Nook tablet, the company also has apps for Android and Windows phone. We also like that, like most audiobook companies, Nook gives you one free audiobook.


The Bad

  • App can be difficult to use
  • Credit card information required to browse
  • Limited language options
Looking at Nook through the web or their mobile phone apps is difficult to use. While using Nook on a Nook tablet might be easy to use, we wish this translated over into phone apps. On their apps, you can't browse by topic or genre. When using the app, you can only search for books. If you try to browse content online, Barnes and Noble makes you input your credit card information just to access the app. Even though they promise to just keep your card on hand, we don't particularly like the way they do this. They also don't have a lot of information on their website about the Nook app or Nook audiobooks in general. Nook only offers audiobooks in English. The Nook app has a lot of reviews on site and on Google Play. On average, listeners gave it 3.5/5 stars. However, many of the reviewers had the following complaints:
  • Couldn't get the shop to connect to the internet
  • Couldn't get the app to work on older Nook tablets
  • There were problems accessing the free audiobook
  • The audiobooks were more expensive than the realized
The biggest downside to choosing Nook is the price. Books cost $15 and up each. Many other audiobook companies offer popular audiobooks for $12-$15.

The Bottom Line

Even though it seems like Nook has a great selection of audiobooks at a decent price, we can't recommend the Nook app. With a little more transparency, we could see more of their book selection and book prices. Nook also does not have an iOS app, so that limits a large group of people from using their product. Overall, if you want to use Nook for audiobook listening, the best way to do it is with one of their products.
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ltrain8796 Orem, UT

B&N had me at electronic books. It's so handy to be able to carry and entire library of books on just one device. It makes it so handy and convenient. I read so many more books now then I used to.

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Audrey Mitchell Managua, MN

I tried the trial version of Nook which was nice while it lasted. They have an array of books but it was hard to find books for a good price if I wanted to buy them.

1 year ago


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Madge Easton Orem, UT

I have an older nook and have been very pleased with this product. I am still purchasing new books with it and can maneuver around very easily. Because of its age I can't update different apps.

3 years ago

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Nichole Hiatt Eagle Mountain, UT

Nook is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. I wish they had more books available though for downloading.

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Juliann Mecham Managua, MN

I actually do love Nook for many reasons. It's easy to navigate and find the books I love.

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Taylee Warner Riverton, UT

I love nook! So fun to use and I love buying a cute nook tablet to use to store my books.

1 year ago

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