Items tagged with Barnes & Noble

It’s no secret that, despite aggressive marketing last holiday season, Barnes and Noble’s Nook business has suffered. Now, rescue may be coming, in the form of Microsoft. TechCrunch recently reported that Microsoft may be seeking to buy the Nook business for as much as $1 billion. Obviously, the thought of Microsoft buying the Nook begs the question: will Microsoft let the Nook continue to be an Android-based device? Microsoft already has a 17-percent investment in the Nook portion of Barnes and Noble’s business, but if Microsoft takes full ownership of the Nook, things might... Read more...
Barnes & Noble's 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ have kind of gotten lost in the shuffle of what's now a sea of affordable tablets and glorified e-book readers. It's with great timing, then, that B&N was able to hammer out an agreement with Google to allow access to Google Play on the aforementioned devices. In addition, both tablets will sport popular Google services like the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Maps, B&N announced today. "By adding Google Play to Nook HD and Nook HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning... Read more...
At a time when the ereader market is flooded, Barnes and Noble is going to great lengths to gets its tablets and ereaders noticed. As of today, you’ll get a free Nook Simple Touch ereader when you buy a Nook HD+ tablet. The Nook HD+ will set you back $269 (and that’s if you go for the 16GB model), but a free Simple Touch, otherwise available for $79, ought to offset the pinch a bit. The Nook HD+. As marketing buy one-get one offers go, this is a pretty decent deal – especially if you’re already a Nook fan and you have some family or close friends you’d like to nudge... Read more...
At $199, Google Nexus 7 is already making waves, but it looks like the popular tablet could be headed for even lower price points, if component makers in Asia are right. Digitimes is reporting that the next Nexus 7 may come in at the enticingly-low price of $150, and a $99 price tag isn’t out of the question. If the reports are true, components for the new Nexus 7 are already shipping. The $150 price tag seems to be the more likely price of the next Nexus 7. Rumors of a $99 tablet are based on the rumored $99 Asus tablet and it’s still way too early (and there’s too... Read more...
It seems that Barnes & Noble is serious about getting its NOOK under the Christmas tree this year. This morning, it chopped the price of the NOOK Simple Touch from $99 to $79. That has to gall people who have been picking them up in the past few weeks, but it’s good news for the procrastinators. The NOOK Simple Touch was already Barnes & Noble’s cheapest ereader before the price cut. It’s also the smallest, at only 6.5 inches high by 5 inches wide (and 0.47 inches deep), which makes it much more book-like than the larger 7- and 10- inch NOOK models. It connects... Read more...
A lot of the talk in the 7-inch tablet space revolves around the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and more recently, the iPad mini (7.85 inches). Lest anyone forget, Barnes & Noble competes in the handheld tablet space too, and it's hoping a special holiday offer in collaboration with MasterCard will nudge potential buyers over to the Nook. Effective Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4 (today and tomorrow), customers who purchase a Nook HD or Nook HD+ online at B&N's website using a MasterCard will receive a free $20 store Gift Card, along with free shipping. That's not exactly a "Holy... Read more...
Barnes & Noble posted a $2 million profit for its fiscal second quarter, and it's largely thanks to booming Nook sales, which contributed to consolidated revenues of $1.9 billion. Nook digital content sales jumped 38 percent for the quarter compared to last year, while the entire Nook segment -- readers, digital content, and accessories -- went up 6 percent to $160 million. Had it not been for the Nook, things would be looking decidedly different for B&N. The company's Retail segment, which consists of bookstores and BN.com businesses, decreased 3 percent year-over-year to $996 million... Read more...
Don't go pulling the trigger on a Nook Color or Nook Tablet just yet, lest you want to kick yourself in the rump 24 hours from now for jumping the gun on a round of price cuts. Barnes & Noble is shaving $10 off the price of the former and $20 off the latter, so that beginning tomorrow, November 4, 2012, you'll be able to purchase the Nook Color for $139 and the Nook Tablet for $159 (8GB) or $179 (16GB). "Just in time for the holidays, these new lower prices make Nook a great gift for anyone in the family," said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. "With everything... Read more...
Barnes & Noble has some good news to share with those of you who previously pre-ordered a new Nook HD (7-inch display) or Nook HD+ (9-inch display) tablet. Those initial pre-orders, placed online at Nook.com or in a Barnes & Noble store, will start shipping out this week and arrive to customers sometime next week, depending on method of shipping, the company announced today. Competition is quickly becoming fierce in the 7-inch tablet space. To ensure it isn't lost of the shuffle of Kindle Fire HD (Amazon), Nexus 7 (Google), and iPad mini (Apple) devices this holiday shopping season, B&N... Read more...
Ever since Amazon launched its Kindle Fire line, Barnes & Noble's Nook devices have been almost an afterthought, at least in terms of media coverage. Not anymore. Barnes & Noble today gave its Nook line a much needed update, and may have rendered the upcoming Kindle Fire HD obsolete in the process. Let's have a look. The first of the two new tablets is the Nook HD, a 7-inch slate that, according to B&N, weighs less and sports a higher resolution than any other tablet of equal size. A dual-core 1.3.GHz processor teamed with 1GB of RAM combine to power the device and drive its 1440x900... Read more...
The tablet situation today is much different than it was even just a year ago, and it's mostly thanks to the advent of 7-inch Android slates. One of the pioneers in the 7-inch category is Barnes & Noble, which tossed its Nook Tablet into the ring with Amazon's Kindle Fire, both of which are now battling Google's recently released Nexus 7. The point is, you have options. Even more so if you're willing to roll the dice with a refurbished unit. Case in point, Overstock.com is now selling a refurbished 16GB Nook Tablet for just $140. That's $39 off the retail price for a new model (minus $2.95... Read more...
It's now cheaper than ever to own a Nook device following a series of price cuts Barnes & Noble rolled out over the weekend. B&N didn't make a big deal about the cuts, neglecting to issue a statement of any kind, but the writing is all over the wall for anyone who bothers to look. With the launch of Google's Nexus 7, the 7-inch tablet category is more competitive than ever before, and these price cuts could be the deciding factor for people who are mostly interested in reading eBooks and/or just looking to spend the least amount possible on a capable tablet-hybrid. These aren't particularly... Read more...
Barnes & Noble announced a new E Ink Reader that's designed for people who like to read both day and night without disturbing those around them. Using new lighting technology, the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight makes it easy for someone to read in bed without needing to have a light nearby. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight combines the fastest E Ink display with an infrared touchscreen, anti-glare capabilities, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. This new NOOK is also the lightest NOOK yet and features a battery that can last for over one month on a... Read more...
Barnes & Noble kind of shot itself in the foot by releasing a 16GB Nook Tablet that was $50 more expensive than Amazon's Kindle Fire, and then fired off a second round by partitioning the storage so that users could only load up 1GB of non-B&N content. The company's newly released 8GB Nook Tablet addresses both issues by matching the Kindle Fire in price ($199) and by giving users a full 5GB for personal content to play with. That's well and great for new buyers, but what about those who already own the 16GB model? Hang tight, help is on the way. If you read the fine print, you'll notice... Read more...
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