Barnes & Noble, whose Nook e-reader once seemed to be the company's best shot at survival, said today that it will break Nook into a separate public company. The move comes after disappointing Nook sales, especially compared to Amazon's Kindle. [The New York Times]
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have agreed to scale back their digital-reading partnership, which means that the bookseller will no longer develop its Nook e-reading app for Microsoft software.
A leaked memo suggests that Nook Simple Touch e-readers will be getting a software update next week that equips them with a web browser and email client.
When it comes to skinned, forked, mainly-for-media-consumption Android tablets, Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and Nook HD+ offerings have always played second fiddle to Amazon's Kindle Fires, and a shortage of apps was a big part of that. Now, Nooks are taking a step into real full-fledged tabletdom with a big big update:…
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers have filed formal objections to Amazon's bid to secure new generic top-level domains like ".book," ".author" and ".read".
According to the New York Times, struggling bookmonger Barnes & Noble might be about to shelve its Nook. The problem is one more common to physical books than tablets: nobody's buying them.
Small tablets abound these days, each with its own set of advantages. The Kindle Fire HD screams ease-of-use. The Nexus 7 is a speed demon. The iPad mini has a formidable ecosystem behind it. And now comes Barnes & Noble's Nook HD, making a play for your eyeballs.
Previously, DC Comics has had an exclusive deal with Amazon, which meant that any Nook users were left out in the cold. From today, that's no longer the case.
Following Microsoft's investment in a Nook spin-off and the continued success of Barnes & Noble's e-reading empire, we can expect to see some serious changes in the future. In fact, William Lynch, who heads up Nook, has already let a few of them slip.
In what some may consider an odd move, Microsoft has just announced that it's investing $300 million into a "strategic partnership" with Barnes & Noble to develop the future of e-reading.
Barnes & Noble has a mysterious new product listed on its site: the Nook Audio OE250. There's nothing on the page to give away what it might be—so what the hell is it?
Rumors circulated yesterday that a cheaper Nook Tablet was on its way, and now it's official. Barnes & Noble is launching an 8GB version of its tablet, to go on sale for $199. Yes, that does make it a direct Kindle Fire competitor.
According to leaked documents seen by The Verge, Barnes & Noble is launching an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet this week. That drop in capacity means one thing: it's planning to match, or undercut, the Kindle Fire.
There have been Nook Tablet deals before, but they've often meant signing up for a subscription. Until midnight on Friday, however, you can get a Nook Tablet for $199, no strings attached.
Some people still buy books—and even buy them in paper format. So Barnes & Noble's decision to block books published by Amazon is fightin' words! But how much does it matter, and who's getting hurt?
Continuing its bold, brave and surprisingly successful e-Reader battle with Amazon, Barnes & Noble is soon to launch its fifth Nook device.