Posts with tag Barnes & Noble

Short stories make their way to eBooks

Barnes & Noble bolsters their “Nook Snaps” program

barnes_noble_all_new_nook_touchscreen_ereader_6I’m a Kindle guy myself, but I do have Nook/iBooks/Kobo all installed on my iPad so I can tap into all the other ecosystems if there’s something specific to a competitor that isn’t on my own eBook system of choice, and today Barnes & Noble is making me happy I hold that position – the company has just announced that they’re continuing what they’ve been calling “Nook Snaps”, a series of short stories comissioned by Barnes & Noble made for B&N’s eBook file format and store.

Barnes & Noble has got an exclusive deal with a couple of big name authors, including Jessanne Collins, Michael Dahlie, and more. Each “Nook Snap” book will run you $1.99 and are at least 5,000 words a piece – so we’re definitely talking about a short, short story here. I’m a hugely avid reader myself so I’ll probably be seeing if one of these catches my eye at some point or another, but it looks like poor old B&N is really grasping at straws to try to stay relevant in the face of Amazon here.

Via: The Verge
Source: Barnes & Noble

A good deal, or an act of desperation?

Buy a Nook HD+, get a Nook Simple Touch free

NOOK_HDPlus_Horz-hero_gallery_postIf you’re in the market for a simple e-reader, perhaps you should try a Nook Simple Touch. Barnes & Noble has announced they will be giving away a free Nook Simple Touch with the purchase of a Nook HD+. The offer will last from March 24th until March 30th. Sounds like a good deal, right?

The thing is, Barnes & Noble hasn’t been doing so well recently, and the Nook hasn’t been doing so well thanks to competition from the iPad and the Kindle Fire. So the question is, is this offer an act of desperation on Barnes & Noble’s behalf?

Source: Reuters
Via: The Verge

Barnes & Noble unveils the Nook HD and Nook HD+

Barnes & Noble has never been one to let Amazon sit still in the e-reader space, constantly on their tail with the more-than-good-enough Nook line of readers and tablets. Today, the company introduced its next step in combating not only Amazon but also Apple by releasing their next generation Nook tablet devices, the Nook HD and Nook HD+.

The Nook HD is a 7″ tablet running a version of Barnes & Noble’s highly customized Android operating system (which is now based on Android 4.0) that the company is claiming to be “the lightest and highest resolution HD 7″ tablet”. Priced at $199, you get a 1440 x 900 display (higher than that of either the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD), a 1.3 GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, and an impressive 1GB of RAM.

The Nook HD+ is a 9″ take on the device, running the same OS but with a higher 1920 x 1280 resolution (which still falls short of Apple’s third generation iPad) and a boosted 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, and also comes with 1GB of RAM.

Both devices have been excluded from Google’s Play ecosystem, for better or for worse, so instead users are stuck with B&N’s impressive but still not nearly as large ecosystem of their own. Don’t worry, consumers will still have plenty of apps, movies, shows, and especially books to enjoy on these new devices

The Nook HD will cost $199 with 8GB of storage or $229 with 16GB of storage, while the Nook HD+ costs $269 with 16GB of storage or $299 with 32GB – very aggressive pricing to be sure, especially with the three higher end models. Availability has yet to be announced.

Via: The Verge
Source: Barnes & Noble (PDF)

Barnes & Noble not to be part of today’s Microsoft event

Well we can cross one idea off the blackboard for what tonight’s mysterious event may be – Business Insider is reporting that Barnes & Noble, despite speculation, will not be part of tonight’s mysterious Microsoft event.

Now if I were a betting man, which I’m not, I’d say that the announcement has more to do with an in-house Windows 8 or Windows RT (or one of each?) tablet(s?) made by Microsoft itself. We’ve seen continued rumors to support Microsoft’s strong desire to create their own tablet hardware to better compete with the Apple iPad and the Kindle Fire, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to make that happen.

Via: TheNextWeb
Source: Business Insider