Tablets and electronic book readers are on a collision course. In this episode of Fly or Die , ChrunchGear editor John Biggs and I discuss the pros and cons of the new BlackBerry Playbook and the Color Nook from Barnes & Noble. The PlayBook is fast and a solid effort from our much-beleaguered Canadian friends. But is it too little, too late?
If you are a BackBerry user and want a tablet… → Read More
A week after Amazon Kindle New York Times subscribers received word that their subscriptions granted them free access to the paper’s website, Barnes & Noble Nook subscribers will also be able to access NYTimes.com for free.
The NookColor is one of Barnes and Noble’s entrants to the e-reader market and is considered to be up there with the Kindle. It launched the last half of 2010 with a $249 price tag, but with this amazing CrunchDeal, you can have it for 20% off, or $199. If you’re unfamiliar with the NookColor, or want to learn more, check out John Biggs’ review. → Read More
The holiday season appears to have treated Barnes & Noble well, thanks in part to a strong demand for the company’s eReader the NOOK. The company just issued a release stating that it sold its entire inventory of NOOKcolor and E-Ink devices over the holiday season.
Bad news for Barnes & Noble this morning. A judge has decided that the lawsuit being pursued by Spring Design against it can continue. Spring Design alleges that B&N ripped off its idea of a dual-screen e-book reader, and must now feel the wrath of its mighty lawyers. → Read More
Looks like Barnes and Noble has launched NOOKbooks en español, which, as you may have guessed, is a store that sells libros españoles. (I’ve no idea why Barnes and Noble insists on random capitalization when it comes to Nook stuff, however.) The books sold there are compatible with all makes and models of the Nook universe, including the new Nook Color. → Read More
It’s obviously a little early for a full assessment of this new device but we do know a few things. It’s quite small and compact – much lighter than and iPad – and the UI is very handsome. Android users will be kind of miffed that the device doesn’t support the Android App Store, however, because B&N wants a “curated experience.” So much for the… → Read More
Good news for Nook owners. Barnes & Noble plans to release a hefty firmware update in November, version 1.5, that will, and I quote, “enhance the overall reading experience and performance” of the device(s). The biggest enhancement appears to be an increase in page turn speed. So if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “You know, these pages turn fast, but what if they turned even faster?”… → Read More
Barnes & Noble‘s recently appointed CEO (and former BN.com President) William Lynch this morning sent a long letter to all of its shareholders in connection with the company’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on September 28.
Barnes & Noble has reported earnings for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended July 31, 2010. Total sales for the first quarter were $1.4 billion, a 21% increase compared to the prior year. Sales increased 42% as compared to the prior year to $145 million. Unsurprisingly, Barnes & Noble in-store sales decreased 2% to $1 billion.
For the first quarter, the company reported a consolidated net… → Read More
Barnes & Noble is launching an Android app for its e-reading platform, Nook, today. Barnes & Nobile already has NOOK apps for the iPhone and iPad. The new app also represents a shift in B&N’s branding; the company will now be brand all of its e-Book platforms and apps with the NOOK name.
With the prices finally starting to drop on e-books, it’s not a surprise that Sony has decided to jump in as well. Recent changes to the Sony website show price changes across their product line. This fits in with Amazon’s dropping the price on the Kindle, and B&N dropping the price on the Nook. → Read More
Let’s face facts: today’s all about the iPhone. (Yes, we’re already there, waiting in line.) Non-iPhone stories will be few and far between. Even the following story has an iPhone connection—it’s madness! Right then. Barnes and Noble has a begun a clever little promotion to get you into their stores (and hopefully buying their books): free coffee. Who doesn’t like coffee, and free coffee at… → Read More
Considering an ebook reader, are ya? Well, Barnes and Noble is starting a new promo that might just cause you to lean towards the Nook. Starting today and running to the end of June, buy a Nook and B&N will give you a $50 gift card to spend in its ebook store. It doesn’t matter if you order a Nook off the web, or pick one up at a Barnes and Noble store or Best Buy location. All of them qualify… → Read More
The Nook is soon going to have a bit of competition on its home playing field when the Samsung E6 reader hits shelves this coming spring. Although it probably doesn’t have much to worry about. We spent sometime with the slider at CES and can’t see any reason why most consumers would opt for the $399 reader instead of the hot Nook. → Read More
The recently released e-book reader from Barnes & Noble, the Nook, has been rooted by the community of enthusiasts at nookdevs.com. The complete instructions for hacking the device and obtaining root access are detailed on the site. The Nook went on sale in late November and aims to compete with the dominant Amazon Kindle, a device which has spurred its own community of hackers and… → Read More
Not that every media outlet on Planet Earth doesn’t already have all of the details, but Team CrunchGear (Jimin and I… we’re right up there with The Mega Powers) is here at Barnes and Noble’s big reveal here in New York. Technically, we’re at Pier 60 right along the Hudson River. Not that you care. Update: Hands-on pics added after the jump. → Read More