Let's rewind a bit and brush up on our tablet history, shall we? Barnes & Noble's first tablet, the Nook Color, arrived in late 2010. At this time, your main tablet options were the US$500 iPad and Samsung's $600 7-in Galaxy Tab. At $250, the Nook Color was sold for little or no profit, in an attempt to lock you into B&N's e-book ecosystem (a strategy you'd now associate with Amazon or Google).
But as Amazon launched its more popular Kindle Fire, and Google released a cheap yet high-quality tablet that required no hacking whatsoever (the Nexus 7), the Nook tablets were left to their original intended audience: hardcore readers devoted to the Barnes & Noble ecosystem. Apparently that first year without any Kindle Fire or Nexus 7 rivals wasn't long enough to build that audience to a sustainable level.
Unless you're a big Nook reader, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook probably isn't going to be a particularly noteworthy product. It's an existing Samsung tablet (a mid-ranged one at that), with some reading-focused software in place of Samsung's TouchWiz UI. But it does make for an interesting footnote in tablet history, does it not? The Barnes & Noble-built tablet, the oft-forgotten precursor to more successful budget slates, is officially dead. In its place, yet another Samsung device. You could say that there's something symbolic to read among those tea leaves.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes on sale this August, both in Barnes & Noble stores and at the book vendor's US website. No pricing info has been announced, but it will likely ring up for $200 or less.