• Live At The Barnes & Noble Event In New York

    We’re coming at you live from the Barnes & Noble superstore/cafe/public bathroom on Union Square where we hope to see an update to the Nook line. It’s my understanding that we’ll be seeing a new Nook Color Device with priced at about $140. Update this page as we live blog the event with bated breath. Read More

  • B&N Sends Invites For A Special Announcement

    Well, after several leaks, an SEC filing, and random speculation from random bloggers, Barnes & Noble just sent out an invite for a Special Announcement. Ready for more random speculation from a random blogger? Here! We! Go! Read More

  • B&N Serves Up 1 Million Nook App Downloads

    Barnes & Noble just announced that Nook Color users have downloaded over 1 millon apps so far, including Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, and Pulse. Obviously 1 million apps in comparison to the numbers downloaded (notice they didn’t say “sold”) is fairly paltry but it’s a great start. This bit of news confirms what we’ve been saying for a while: the Nook is kind of… Read More

  • Fly or Die on Playbook Vs. Color Nook

    Fly Or Die: The BlackBerry Playbook Vs. The Color Nook

    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

  • New Nook Incoming? Barnes And Noble Sure Thinks So

    This is a bit odd: I don’t recall anyone leaking any new devices via SEC filings before. I’m know it’s happened in financial reports and so on. But this little document is pretty clear: “In a meeting with investor analysts on May 4, 2011, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (the “Company”) indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch… Read More

  • Amazon Has Ordered Color Kindle Tablets, Expected Before Holidays

    Quanta, a Chinese hardware manufacturer, is reporting that they have received an order from Amazon to build new Kindle tablets, potentially with fringe field switching display touchscreens that may or may not mimic the screens found in devices like the Nook Color. Read More

  • Barnes & Noble: Microsoft-Patented Nook Features "Trivial," Licensing Fees "Exorbitant"

    The licensing fracas Microsoft is whipping up around Android and, in particular, Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader gets another chapter today, as B&N submits its 50-page response to Microsoft’s suit. Their position and language are aggressive out of the gate, accusing Microsoft of trying to “marginalize the competition” and describing the contents of the patents… Read More

  • Xoom Too Expensive? Try These 5 Inexpensive Android Tablets Instead

    The comments on yesterday’s post concerning the Xoom’s bungled launch stated loud and clear that people want inexpensive Android tablets — or at least that the high MSRP was the Xoom’s undoing. The thought is that if you’re going to spend over $500 on a tablet, the iPad is the only choice, which therefore makes the $800 Xoom a no-sale. I sort of agree with that… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Nook Subscribers Will Be Able To Access The For Free

    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 for free. The New York Times announced its paywall a few weeks ago , which allows for free access to a set amount of content across digital platforms. The Nook subscription… Read More

  • Estimates Point To 3 Million Nooks Color Sold

    This, multiplied by a million minus 1 million Digitimes “sources” are stating that 3 million Nooks Color have rolled off the assembly line and into stores over the past year, giving the Nook Color firmly at 50% of the “iPad-like” tablet market. They estimated 600,000-700,000 sales per month in January and February during the post-holiday gift card redemption season. Read More

  • Nook Confirms April Update, New Applications

    Looks like HSN wasn’t lying when they said the Nook Color would be getting an update next month. Of course, they continue to lie about the price of the device ($500, HSN? Really?), but that’s a whole other thing. Read More

  • Here Comes The Nook App Store (And Flash Support)

    While the Nook Color may be a popular tablet for hacking, it’s also just a plain ol’ e-reader — or so they say. Now that they’re adding the Nook Store, a device-specific market for apps, like that on the Galaxy Tab. It’s not the full Android Market, but if you’re looking to augment your Nook Color a bit, this is will be easier than hacking it. Also, it… Read More

  • Microsoft Alleges Patent Infringement On Barnes & Noble E-Reader Devices

    Microsoft has filed suit against Barnes & Noble, creators of the Nook and Nook Color e-readers, as well as the manufacturers of those devices. The companies allegedly infringe on a number of patents filed between 1998 and 2005, generally applying to UI elements associated with browsing and downloading information. Like many patents from that period (for example those cited by Paul Allen… Read More

  • Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke

    Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke

    Earlier today, it was revealed that Microsoft was suing yet another company for infringing on their patents. The target this time? Barnes & Noble. Yes, Microsoft is suing a book chain. Why? Because they claim the Nook e-reader (which runs Google’s Android OS) copies status bars from Windows CE. Or something. If you’ll excuse my bluntness, it’s all a bunch of… Read More

  • B&N: Nook Owns 25% of the US E-book Market

    Barnes & Noble’s Nook is a solid ereading device, but it’s hard to wholeheartedly recommend it over the less expensive and arguably superior Amazon Kindle. Still, the Nook is doing just fine and B&N reported recently that they believe it has 25% of the domestic e-book market. That works out to be a larger marketshare that B&N has in physical books although that… Read More

  • Video: NOOKcolor Modded For Use In An In-Dash System

    With all the dashboard modding for the integrations of tablets going on, the future of in-car begins to look brighter. Most automakers force you to use their silly infotainment systems, but the company to first allow a smartphone or tablet to run the system will win in the long run. Take for example this video of a rooted NOOKcolor installed into a dashboard. It may not look fancy or do much… Read More

  • Android 3.0 Running (Poorly) On Nook Color

    Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) just recently got its first SDK release, and it looks like the enterprising hackers in the Android community have already ported it to the Nook Color hardware. Well, partially. It’s a “zombie” made by mixing the SDK with the Nook’s kernel, and it runs like a dog. Getting hardware acceleration (a major part of the UI snappiness in Honeycomb)… Read More

  • Borders Looking Bleak Despite Ereader Offerings

    Book chain Borders sales are looking bleak and the company is apparently not paying publishers. The company is down two-fold over last year and, although some talks point to a potential Barnes & Noble merger, nothing has been finalized. Read More

  • NookColor is Barnes & Noble's Top Seller This Holiday

    In a few short weeks, the NookColor sold “nearly a million units,” at least according to B&N, making it the company’s best selling product. Launched in October, the NookColor is a hackable Android tablet originally designed to only read B&N’s line of ebooks and play a few games. Since its launch, however, it’s become a hacker’s plaything and a… Read More

  • Spring Design's Lawsuit Against Barnes & Noble Nook Must Continue

    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

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