A ride in New York City's subways during the summer is probably one of the worst experiences ever — they're hot, crowded and the platforms are worthy of a mention in Dante's Inferno. Thankfully, I tend to get through the daily nightmare by reading comics on my smartphone. Barnes & Noble NOOK owners can now join in on the fun: Today Barnes & Noble and DC Comics announced that DC Comics and Vertigo characters Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Sandman and 4,000 different tiles (as well as 100 DC Entertainment graphics novels) are now available on the NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Just like the Comixology application that's available for other Android applications, DC Comics for NOOK features a ZoomView option for reading frame-by-frame. Hopefully your summer travels are just a bit more interesting now.


NOOK Comics Introduces New Zoom View Feature:  Zoomed in Panel-by-Panel Viewing Experience  Debuting on DC Entertainment Graphic Novels

Burbank, CA and New York, New York – June 26, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a partnership with DC Entertainment to bring its bestselling line-up of graphic novels featuring iconic DC Comics and Vertigo characters like BatmanSupermanWonder Woman and Sandman to the award-winning NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color, as well as Android tablets via the NOOK for Android app. The new partnership brings together DC Entertainment, the comic book industry's most prolific digital trailblazer, and NOOK Comics, the leading provider of digital graphic novels and comics with more than 4,000 titles available.

With the addition of DC Entertainment content, Barnes & Noble is also introducing Zoom View, an all-new NOOK Comics feature designed for NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Zoom View allows readers to focus in on individual panels in graphic novels and comics, allowing them to fully enjoy the stunning artwork and compelling storytelling that brings this genre to life. Zoom View will be immediately available on all DC Entertainment titles.

"Our goal is to reach the broadest possible audience and this new partnership with Barnes & Noble brings BatmanSuperman and many other iconic DC Comics and Vertigo characters to the millions of NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color readers," said Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Entertainment. "The new Zoom View feature makes our comics even easier to read, and emphasizes the graphic and artistic storytelling that is paramount to our art form."

"Barnes & Noble is committed to offering NOOK customers a wide selection of digital graphic novels, and we're excited to offer DC Entertainment's fan-favorite collections on NOOK," said Jim Hilt, Vice President, eBooks for Barnes & Noble. "The new Zoom View feature makes the reading experience even more interactive, and takes these graphic novels to a whole new level of entertainment."

With more than 100 DC Entertainment graphic novels now available, the world's greatest superheroes, their most acclaimed stories and most powerful graphic novels are on NOOK. More titles will be added every month and can be purchased atwww.nook.com/dccomics, or directly on NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, and Android tablets via the NOOK for Android app. DC Entertainment's graphic novels are also available in Barnes & Noble retail locations.

Key DC Entertainment titles that are available immediately include:

  • Graphic novel titles from DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, including Justice League, Vol. 1: OriginAnimal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt, Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls, Justice League International Vol. 1: The Signal Masters, Catwoman Vol. 1: The Game, Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro, Stormwatch Vol. 1: The Dark Side, Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas Touch, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, and Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death.
  • Other best-selling graphic novels including Watchmen, All Star Superman Vol. 1 and 2, Fables Vol. 1-15, The Sandman Vol. 1-10, Superman Earth One, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1-2, V for Vendetta, Batman: Hush, and Batman: Year One, among many others.

Zoom View requires an update to the current NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color software. The free software update, version 1.4.3, is available for download today atwww.nook.com/support. A free over-the-air (OTA) update requiring no action from customers will begin rolling out to customers via Wi-Fi starting June 27.

With all NOOK products, customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store of more than two million digital titles. In addition, Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers.