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Whatever Amazon can do, Barnes & Noble can do better? There's a definite battle ongoing between these two companies, and as the e-reader war has played out, they have certainly risen to the top. The Kindle and the Nook are the two main e-readers that consumers think about when they think about the sector, and that's the case for a reason. The reason being...they're both selling well. Really well. Amazon recently stated that their Kindle line has outsold the newest Harry Potter release, and now Barnes & Noble has something of their own to brag about.   B&N has officially announced that the Nook line has become the company's biggest bestseller ever, and the Nook line has sold "millions"... Read more...
If you've managed to resist upgrading to the NOOKcolor, and your trusty NOOK is still getting you by, you're in luck. Barnes & Noble has just released a new firmware update that makes the device feel like an entirely new e-reader. B&N calls the version 1.5 update its "largest-ever," and it supports both the NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi. It's a major overhaul, which adds sync for reading positions across devices. This means that your page position while reading on the NOOK will be maintained when you open the book up from a NOOK app on your iPhone, etc. Also, custom folders have been added, as well as a My Shelves feature that enables users to organize B&N Libraries by a particular subject... Read more...
If you need any further validation that e-books have finally made it big, here it is. The New York Times plans to launch a bestseller list for e-books in early 2011. The New York Times bestseller lists are the gold standard for defining a book's success. The print version of the bestseller lists are divided into several categories. For e-books, things will start "small." The New York Times will have only two lists covering fiction and non-fiction when it launches. Rankings will be independently verified by third party company RoyaltyShare. You can read the full press release below. The New York Times to Launch eBook Best-Seller Lists Independent Third Party, RoyaltyShare, Inc., Will Help Validate... Read more...
Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced its new color-screen Nook e-reader known as the NOOKcolor. Recognizing that parents often use electronic devices to entertain their kids as well as themselves, Barnes & Noble also announced NOOK kids, which will make its debut on the new NOOKcolor. NOOK kids will offer nearly 12,000 popular children’s picture and chapter books in a digital format. Initially, NOOK kids will launch with more than 130 digital picture books. Barnes & Noble plans to double that number by the end of the year. Thanks to Barnes & Noble’s AliveTouch technology, kids can interact with words and pictures on the page. The technology can also read some stories... Read more...
Barnes & Noble announced last week that they would be holding a special event in the middle of New York City this week, and all eyes were situated on a potential color version of the NOOK e-reader. The event is underway today, and a color-screen NOOK is exactly what we have. B&N is simply calling this the Nook Color. The Nook Color offers a compelling feature set, but it shies away from the E-paper technology that B&N relied on in the past. In fact, we're beginning to wonder if the end isn't near for E Ink. The Kindle continues to use it, but with consumers demanding fast motion video playback, it looks like the LCD may once again rise. E Ink was at first used for its battery saving... Read more...
If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Barnes and Noble should be blushing all kinds of red. That's because Amazon has made the decision to let Kindle users lend books to other Kindle device and Kindle app users, a feature Barnes and Noble's Nook had since Day 1. "Later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users," Amazon announced in a blog post. "Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder,... Read more...
Barnes & Noble is planning an event in New York City shortly, and many are expecting a revised NOOK to be the highlight of the show. And if true, what better time than now to strike a deal with Walmart? The NOOK has been sold in a variety of places since being introduced last year, but Walmart wasn't one of them. Amazon's Kindle has slowly rolled out to various retailers as well, leaving B&N in a position of finding more retail outlets to stock it. The NOOK and Kindle are battling for e-reader supremacy right now, and with holiday shopping dollars on the line, it's vital to get your product in front of eyes at Walmart. This week, Barnes & Noble reached an agreement with Walmart to... Read more...
Interested in writing a novel? A children's book? Something else? What was once a pipe dream for many is now a reality: the publishing tools you need to get your creations out to the world are here courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Rather than having to hunt down a publisher and hope they like your work enough to put their name on it, B&N is doing for writing what the App Store did for software. PubIt! is a newly launched service that essentially acts as an App Store, but for book. Independent writers can create work, submit it for free, and have B&N convert their titles to ePUB format and then make them available for sale as an eBook. The best part is that PubIt! titles can be downloaded... Read more...
If you thought that the Kindle had everything wrapped up tight with a bow on top, think again. The Barnes & Noble NOOK has really taken off of late, particularly the platform. In other words, the NOOK has infiltrated a number of areas aside from the physical e-reader itself, with B&N this week announcing a new NOOK iPhone app, an overhauled iPad version and a PC version. The whole lot has been retooled with an updated user interface, and the iPad version even packs one extra special surprise: a rating systme. B&N calls the iPhone version the most personalized and easy-to-use eReading experience for iPhone and iPod touch owners, which is big talking considering that Amazon's Kindle... Read more...
It's dead, Jim. We seem to be repeating that a lot, lately. Another ill-received, or in this case, not received at all, product has bit the dust. The Plastic Logic QUE ProReader has been cancelled, to probably no one's surprise (the company's cancellation of pre-orders in June was a huge sign). Plastic Logic CEO Richard Archuleta said the following in a statement: "We recognize the market has dramatically changed, and with the product delays we have experienced, it no longer makes sense for us to move forward with our first-generation electronic reading product. This was a hard decision, but (it) is the best one for our company, our investors and our customers." The reasons behind this are many,... Read more...
Do you own a NOOK e-reader from Barnes & Noble? Do you wish you did? If you're in that second camp, and you own an Android phone using v1.6 or above, your dream has come true. For those who own smartphones and aren't interested in buying an actual e-reader in order to read digital books on, both Amazon and B&N are vying for business from e-book sales. In order to expand that portion of their businesses to as many consumers as possible, both companies have established apps on Android that allow consumers to access titles just like would if you owned the e-reader itself. B&N is follwing Amazon's app from a few weeks back, this week introducing NOOK for Android. The app can now be downloaded... Read more...
If there's one area where companies have flocked to play catch up, it's the tablet PC market. There's no doubt that the race to catch the iPad is on, but there's one other area where companies have also been flocking, albeit with less commotion. That's the e-reader market, where Amazon's Kindle still dominates and the Barnes & Noble NOOK is the next closest competitor. But a lot of smaller companies are attempting to undercut the big players with cheaper, less featured devices. Only time will tell if people really are willing to pay less for e-readers without 3G or Wi-Fi, but we suspect that Sharp won't be one of those companies who just strips their e-reader down in hopes of competing. According... Read more...
Color e-ink. It's a fairly tale, of sorts. It's a technology that we know exists, and we know that many companies are working on making it into something that can be produced commercially. But today, the only e-paper that exists in the consumer realm is the black/white kind that's found on the NOOK and Kindle. For well over five years, certain companies have attempted to produce a backlight-free color version of the e-ink displays that are used today on e-readers, but it's obviously a difficult task. It's always hard to have your cake and it too (so to speak), and color e-ink is a dramatic case of exactly that. But Hewlett-Packard, a company that isn't often associated with cutting-edge display... Read more...
Barnes & Noble's NOOK started as just an e-reader. It was the primary rival to Amazon's Kindle, and it offered something major that Amazon couldn't: another screen. But the lower color LCD that enables users to wade through book titles isn't the only thing. B&N can also showcase their device in their wide array of stores, and getting the device in front of faces is also a huge plus. But one thing that B&N has done that's more interesting than any of that is turn NOOK into more than a product; today, it's a brand. NOOK now stands for all-things-ebook with relation to Barnes & Noble, and if you thought that the bookseller was content just moving titles to regular consumers, think... Read more...
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