Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD and HD+ devices go on sale in the UK this week, arriving at a heavyweight line up of retailers that includes John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Dixons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Blackwell’s and Foyles.

UK prices for the two tablets, which were unveiled in late September, start at £159 for the Nook HD and £229 for Nook HD+.  They are also available via nook.co.uk.

Jamie Iannone, president of Nook Media, said the two tablets “offer the best quality reading and entertainment experiences, at the best price”.

“With the highest resolution 7-inch display available in the UK, every book read, every movie watched, every game played is rendered in a digital quality unmatched by other tablets,” he added, explaining the pre-orders had “exceeded our expectations”.

The two tablets arrive in a crowded market: earlier this week Kobo launched its new Arc tablet in the UK, while there is also the iPad, iPad mini, Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 and more to content with.