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Associated PressMike Huseby, CEO of Barnes & Noble, speaks during the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a co-branded tablet that will replace B&N’s Nook. The 7-inch tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate.

Nook gets tablet redesign

Barnes & Noble,Samsung join torevive unit sales

NEW YORK – Barnes & Noble and Samsung have un­veiled a reading-focused tab­let that will replace the book­seller’s own Nook tablets.

The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will sell for $179, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

The move had been expected since Barnes & Noble said in June that it would team up with Samsung to release co-branded Nook tab­lets in August.

For the first time, the Nook will have a camera. The 1.3-megapixel camera on the front is on par with what’s on other tablets, but the 3.0-megapixel rear one isn’t as sharp.

The Nook offers access to the Nook app store and Google’s Play store for Android apps – the latter unavailable in previous Nook tablets.

The New York company spent years in­vest­ing in its Nook e-book reader and e-book library, which strug­gled to be profitable. In December, the chain said it was evaluating the future of its tablets.

Still, it offered a new non-tablet e-book reader during the holiday season.

Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby has said Nook tablets hadn’t done well in the past because they were not full-featured.

This one, he said, has a camera and other features expected in Android tablets, plus additional features targeted at readers.

While a Nook app can be installed on most Android tablets, the Nook tablet offers a home screen with quick links to favorites and recently read books.

You can pause reading to check email or Facebook, then hit a book icon on the corner of the home screen to instantly resume your book.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tab­lets emphasize reading, alongside shopping, movies and other Amazon services. They have had more success than Nooks.

Barnes & Noble says it will continue to make and sell its $99 Nook GlowLight e-readers.

In July, Barnes & Noble said it would separate the Nook and retail businesses.

The retail business includes bookstores and and has outper­formed the Nook unit. Nook Media encompasses Barnes & Noble’s digital and college businesses.

The company expects the separation to be complete by April.