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Barnes & Noble Stops Selling Nook Tablets

Dave Parrack 17-01-2017

Barnes & Noble has pulled its latest Nook from sale over safety fears. The Nook Tablet 7 is currently unavailable from the company’s online and physical stores. Furthermore, existing owners of the Nook Tablet 7 are advised not to charge their devices using the supplied adapter.


On paper, the Nook Tablet 7 looks to be a contender. Here we have an eReader and Android tablet in one device costing just $50. However, just one month after release, security researchers discovered the Nook Tablet 7 contained the ADUPS spyware Your Nook Tablet May Contain Spyware Barnes and Noble's Nook Tablet 7 may contain ADUPS, which is spyware capable of collecting and transmitting data back to China. Read More . Now, one month later, Barnes & Noble has pulled the Nook Tablet 7 off its shelves completely.

This was first spotted by a Reddit user claiming to work for the retailer. It has since been confirmed by Barnes & Noble itself. The problem isn’t the ADUPS spyware as some people were speculating. Instead, faulty chargers are to blame for Barnes & Noble’s latest woes.

The Nook Tablet 7 May Be Recalled

A Barnes & Noble representative told Android Police:

“Barnes and Noble is investigating three reported cases involving the adapter sold with the Nook Tablet 7. The specific issue involves the adapter casing breaking apart while still in the socket.”

“This does not affect the Nook device itself. With no injuries reported and out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that customers stop using the adapter until we provide a replacement adapter.”

In the meantime, Barnes & Noble are advising Nook Tablet 7 owners to charge their device “using a computer”. Barnes & Noble is also reportedly working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to “determine the details of a public product recall”.

What’s Likely to Happen Next?

Barnes & Noble is likely to find alternative chargers What's a Quick Charger? Here's Why You Need One Now Smartphones take less time to charge up these days and it's all thanks to a new technology called Quick Charge. If you don't have it yet, you'll want it soon. Read More to supply with the Nook Tablet 7. At which point the product should be made available to buy once more. In this scenario, existing owners will be sent a new charger for free, or given the chance to return their device for a refund.


Do you currently own a Nook Tablet 7? Have you noticed anything wrong with the charger? How will you be charging your Nook from now on? Could this be a fatal blow for Barnes & Noble? Or is it likely to keep on keeping on? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Android Tablet, eReader, Nook Tablet.

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  1. anshul
    January 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I am trying my best to buy myself a phone or tablet I am 16 and I started my youtube Chanel to try to ear some money but I can't do it I look up to you plz can you help

  2. Shane
    January 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I bought two tablet's for my kids. They love them especially since buying an SD card that you can run apps off. Mount it to internal drive for a 50 gig tablet. Hope they fix and not recall them

  3. Anita
    January 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I have a nook tablet and i love it. I been charging mine with my galaxy phone charger. I have not noticed any issues so far with my nook. Im concerned more about the spyware and what to do about that?.

  4. Bob Cavalluzzo
    January 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I purchased the Nook tablet the first day it was available. Haven't had any issues with it other than the limited memory. I purchased it primarily as a reader and it does the job.

  5. Kevin Flanagan
    January 17, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I bought a Nook HD+ and really liked it until the battery died.

  6. M.D. Bryce
    January 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I bought the Nook tablet before Christmas with the intention of gifting it. I was undecided when Christmas came and kept it. Then upon hearing and reading of the UDPS spyware, I just kept it unopened in its box, where it remains. I was told the problem was resolved and all I had to do was turn it on with my WiFi and I would be instructed how to Start Up, resolving the problem. I have not done so for other reasons. Now I learn of the Power/Charger issue and am confused and Angry!
    I was recently in our local B & N store and when I had security questions about this tablet, the employee " knew nothing about the malware issue, nor had he heard anything about it"!!!! I am disgusted, as it seems even the Rep at their 800 number for Customer Service was ignorent about the publicized issues!!! NOT ACCEPTABLE BARNES & NOBLE!!!