Barnes & Noble setting the stage for Nook launch in UK?

UK book giant Barnes & Noble could be bringing the Nook e-reader to the UK, after the company said it would hold a "developer workshop" for interested participants.

London could be gearing up for the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet, as a developer workshop being held in the capital could pave the way for the way for a UK launch.

A report in E-book Magazine pointed to the developer day as a sign that the U.S. bookstore giant could be bringing the highly anticipated tablet to British shores.

The free workshop's booking page says it: "will deep dive into all the technical aspects to help you distribute your apps on NOOK tablets and cover the entire development process --- from app creation to app submission.”

A company spokesperson was unavailable comment, and it would come as no surprise if the company wanted to keep a potential launch under wraps for now. But it is a sign that something could be on its way.

Yet the tablet will be arriving late to the party ,and will have a fight on its hands to claim back the high market share that the Amazon Kindle has already scored.

E-book culture in the UK is huge. From Tube stations to London buses, billboards and newspaper adverts, Amazon has taken Britain by storm as Amazon took advantage of the then non-existant market. Every other person on the Tube in the morning is fixated on their Kindle.

Let's also not forget the iPad --- because some people do in fact use it as an e-reader --- which has already taken the tablet market by storm, it could be seen that it is very much in a league of its own.

Barnes & Noble will have to compete with Android tablets and the Amazon Kindle. The Kindle competes with the iPad to some extent, and the iPad competes with nobody. Apple has the lead on the tablet market and "that's just that".

Barnes & Noble, if it were to bring its tablet to the UK, would all but have to partner with Waterstone's, reports The Next Web, as it continues to gain traction in the e-book space.

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