Barnes & Noble has announced that it's going to leave manufacturing of its Color tablet line up to third party manufacturers.
In a press release, B&N explained that it will create a "partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market." The move is clearly driven by poor financial performance, and the company explains that it will reduce "risks associated with manufacturing."
Interestingly, B&N will continue to develop its Simple Touch and Glowlight e-readers in-house, while its tablet line will be co-branded with a "yet to be announced third party manufacturers of consumer electronics products".
The news doesn't come as a massive surprise: there have been rumblings about B&N giving up on Nook since the start of the year. And when a spokesperson blurted out that the company had "no plans to discontinue [its] award-winning line of NOOK products", the message was ambiguous enough to virtually guarantee some change to the way the product range was run.