Barnes & Noble just announced the Nook Color a few moments ago, and my initial reaction was much the same as Devin’s: yikes! I guess a color LCD screen is perfect for reading Goldilocks and The Three Bears, but when it comes to reading grown-up books, books with words in them, meh. With that in mind, let’s see how the Nook Color stacks up against the Amazon Kindle, it’s biggest competitor. → Read More
Barnes & Noble this morning announced that its NOOK eBook Reader will be sold in 2,500 Walmart stores and Walmart.com. The devices are expected to hit Walmart shelves beginning as soon as October 24, in advance of the holiday shopping season, the company said.
B&N also said many Walmart stores will feature a NOOK-branded eReading area where shoppers can see and touch a demo device… → Read More
Barnes & Noble this morning launched PubIt! (oh please, not another exclamation mark as part of a brand name), a platform that offers independent publishers and authors a way to digitally distribute their works through BN.com and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Amazon, for your information, has a similar platform dubbed DTP (Digital Text Platform). → 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 continues to makes inroads into the education, um, space. It just announced that it has teamed up with Blackboard, the Web site/software suite that is used in colleges all over the U.S. (Lord knows I had to use it all the time.) The deal should ensure that college students, starting with the upcoming fall semester, have easy access to electronic textbooks.
It’ll work like this. → Read More
Barnes & Noble has developed NOOKstudy, a free (as in beer) software suite that could make the average college student’s life a little easier. The software, which will be available for the PC and Mac, gives students the ability to download and organize electronic textbooks, as well as keep all of their notes, syllabuses, and so on in one safe place. Handy. And no, you don’t need a nook to use… → Read More
So Barnes & Noble just let loose its financial results for the last year (ending May 1), and things are looking pretty rosy, at least if you take their view of them. The main point is that the e-book store is gaining popularity and online sales are solid, while brick-and-mortar sales are, predictably, in decline. B&N’s CEO, William Lynch, chose to highlight this little statistic: In… → Read More
Barnes & Noble has just confirmed the NOOK Wi-Fi at $149, and a new lower price for its NOOK 3G model at $199. It can be ordered online now from Nook.com or BestBuy.com and will begin shipping this week.
Everyone has a book in them, right? Well Barnes & Noble wants to give you the opportunity to push that book in front of a few million people using their PubIt! service. The new service allows you to upload a document, convert it to epub, and sell it on their B&N reader system, including on the Nook and iPad. It’s coming this summer and is currently accepting sign-ups. Interestingly… → Read More
Do you have a nook or the less elegantly named iRex DR800SG? If so, get thee to a Barnes & Noble store to participate in the new Fun and Free e-books promotion. It’s a pretty simple concept: you waltz into a Barnes & Noble store, get an access code, then download a free e-book. Done and done. → Read More
There’s been a lot of hoopla the past week over Amazon’s fight with book publisher Macmillan. The main issue is that Macmillan wants higher prices for its e-books, while Amazon wants to keep prices down for its Kindle device. Amazon went as far as to pull all of Macmillan’s books from its store, but quickly admitted that they’d eventually have to give in to Macmillan’s demands. Why? Well the… → Read More
After test-piloting a textbook rental program at three campus stores, Barnes & Noble College is rolling out the program more broadly to 25 U.S. colleges. Students will be able to rent textbooks from their campus bookstores, online, or from Barnes & Noble stores on campus. Students who want to rent online will be able to do so through their campus bookstore websites, such as Ohio State’s… → Read More
The Barnes & Noble Senior VP of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Mary Ellen Keating, just confirmed to us that indeed some Nook orders were pushed back again. She claims that only a very small percentage of customers will not receive their Nook before Christmas though. B&N apparently offered affected customers both a holiday certificate in case the Nook was a gift and the $100… → Read More
Man, B&N can’t get a break. David Pogue, the only tech writer who still likes to cuddle, hates him the Nook. The device is unresponsive, the color touchscreen is dumb, and those “million books” the Nook offers? Most of them err janky Google scans.
His bottom line?
To use the technical term, it’s slower than an anesthetized slug in winter. → Read More
Figures. Just yesterday we write about all the different e-books you can get your hands on this holiday shopping season, and then we get a bombshell:Barnes & Noble is 100 percent sold out of nook. The company says that it has exhausted its current supply, and will only have enough nooks to fulfill current pre-orders. In other words, if you were thinking about getting a nook for Christmas (or… → Read More
Want to be the head of Barnesandnoble.com’s international business? Because they’re definitely hiring a whole team, and they’re starting at the top.
Recruiting firm Russell Reynolds Associates is representing Barnes & Noble in a search for the “head of their international business,” according to a source who was contacted about the position. The job entails building the international business… → Read More
Amazon has just made their new Kindle for PC available for pre-order online, a move that turns almost any PC in the entire world into a fully-fledged ereader. The software comes on the heels of all of the big Win7 announcements today evens up the playing fields when it comes to PC-based ereaders.
The Barnes & Noble Nook reader is here and boy is it hot. Just like yesterday’s WSJ report stated, it will be available for $259 and sport dual touchscreens along with wireless courtesy of WiFi and AT&T 3G wireless. Battery life isn’t too shabby either with a reported 10 day life off of an 3.5 hour charge. Yeah, you want this. → Read More
That’s no fun. Barnes & Noble was probably expecting to get all the attention tomorrow with its fancy-pants press conference, but the Wall Street Journal had to go ruin all the fun by letting the Nook ebook reader out of the bag today. Yeah, that’s the name. Nook. → Read More
Plastic Logic is building a color ebook reader for Barnes & Noble. It’s slated for a Spring 2010 launch and theres is no word on Android powering the device. It will run the Barnes & Noble e-book software. That’s all we know. Questions? I hope not, because all we know comes from the video above. → Read More
With the success of the Kindle clear, it’s no surprise that other booksellers want in on the action too. Barnes & Noble already launched its ebook store and the iRex DR 800SG will be the first device to run it. However, a WSJ report is suggesting that Barnes & Noble is prepping its own, self-branded device. And get this, it might run Android. → Read More
TheStreet has a juicy rumor that Barnes & Noble, a store where physical “books” in “paper” form are sold to “customers” who stand in line to pay with “cash” or “forms of credit” is working on an eBook reader, possibly in partnership with Verizon. The rumor has all the makings of a real live product. They may offer book downloads over… → Read More
Every day is a struggle. So I recently got a Barnes & Noble gift card for my stupid birthday, right? I go to the Web site, bn.com, and fill out the form to register an account. BN: “Mother’s middle name, please.” ME: “Sure thing, bn.com, it’s Ramos.” BN: “Oh, we’re sorry, that name isn’t long enough for our dumb security system.” ME: “[Unintelligible yelling] But that’s the name… → Read More
Barnes & Noble officially launched how-to site Quamut this week, and it’s already attracting link spammers. The main service offers online guides that cover more than 1,000 topics written by experts in each field. Guides include illustrations and pictures and can be purchased as PDF’s or laminated how-to sheets. It’s a reasonable offering; nothing ground breaking but clean… → Read More