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Factory-Refurbished 8-Inch Nook HD Android Tablet now $70 on eBay
October 25, 2013 | 12:32 pm

GEDC1556 Remember that 8” Nook HD refurb I got a couple of months ago? An eBay seller has a “limited quantity” of factory-refurbished units available at the amazing price of $70 each. (Just over 1,900 had been sold by the time I wrote this.) You can add a two-year SquareTrade warranty for another $17. (Update: The price went up to $80 after 2,000 units were sold. Still a great bargain, though.) As I’ve written elsewhere, this is a great little Android tablet. Maybe not so much if you stick with the stock B&N operating system, which will give you Google Play but...

Barnes & Noble puts e-readers, Nook HD tablet on sale
September 24, 2013 | 9:15 am

new-barnes-and-noble-nook-HDSpeaking of Barnes & Noble sales, Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader points out that B&N is running a more general sale on its Nook hardware, this week only. The Nook Simple Touch is $20 off, as I already mentioned, but so is the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, now $80 instead of $100. And the Nook HD has been knocked down to $110 or $130 for its 8GB and 16GB versions, respectively. The Nook HD in particular is worth a look. I’m enjoying my $90 refurbished unit immensely since I rooted it with CyanogenMod. (I’ll write about my...

Refurbished Nook Simple Touch: $40 on eBay
September 24, 2013 | 4:48 am

If you’re looking for a good cheap e-reader, an eBay seller is running a $40 with free shipping special on refurbished Nook Simple Touch units. This is B&N’s 2011 model, a 6” 800x600 unlit Pearl e-ink reader that can do EPUB, including Barnes & Noble’s and Adobe Digital Editions’ DRM. It has 2 GB of onboard storage, plus an SD card slot for loading more media. If you’re invested in Barnes & Noble’s content ecosystem (for example, you have a lot of e-books from eReader/Fictionwise that got imported to B&N after it shut those stores down), or just want something...

Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling is screenwriting; debunking the “showrooming” threat; more
September 13, 2013 | 8:48 am

Unfulfilled Promise of e-books Offers Lessons for News Organizations (Poynter) My disappointing experience offers a lesson for news organizations that are considering selling e-books because its shows how legacy media is still thinking like … legacy media. *** B&N Seeks Kid's Nominations for 'My Favourite Teacher' Contest (GalleyCat) Middle school and high school students can nominate their teacher the My Favorite Teacher Contest at Barnes & Noble. *** Showrooming Doesn't Mean the End of Brick and Mortar Retail (GigaOM) A new study aims to bust a few assumptions surrounding the threat of “showrooming” and the challenges faced by traditional retailers in responding to mobile shoppers. *** JK Rowling to Write...

B&N shareholder: “No one is happy with Nook”
September 11, 2013 | 1:24 pm

Barnes & Noble had it annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday in New York City. It went as well as you would expect – in other words, not well at all. B&N chair and founder Len Riggio publically addressed shareholders for the first time since deciding not to purchase half of the company, according to Publishers Weekly. The meeting got a bit heated at one point. From Publishers Weekly: Riggio was genial, confident and expansive with individual shareholders though perhaps a bit testy with the institutional shareholders who pressured him repeatedly over the future of the Nook Media division. The Nook division has been struggling....

Refurbished Nook HD: First Impressions
September 7, 2013 | 2:55 am

GEDC1556A few days ago, Woot had a $90 special on refurbished 8 GB 7” Nook HD tablets. Since I accidentally cracked my Zeepad screen a few weeks ago and felt the need for a handy little 7” Android tablet, I figured why not. I ordered a case and screen protectors (from Amazon Prime!) and the whole thing arrived today. Installing the screen protectors turned out to be an exercise in frustration. I went through both of them, and still managed to get specks of dust trapped under the protector. ARGH! The case I ordered was white, as I was...

And This is Why Barnes & Noble Continues to Trail Amazon In the E-Book World
September 6, 2013 | 11:26 am

I love my Nook HD, and I really do want Barnes & Noble to succeed, but they have to stop shooting themselves in the foot by being more complicated than Amazon when it comes to purchasing books and managing an e-book library. Yesterday B&N and I were just not getting along, and everything I experienced was fixable, if they wanted to. I saw that "Midnight in Death" by J. D. Robb was free on B&N, so I went over to "buy" it. I clicked "Download," waited, and got an error message that my transaction had failed, and to try again. Since that's...

Barnes & Noble makes UK blooper with promo deal ad censure
August 22, 2013 | 10:38 am

Already under fire for its incoherent policy on tablets and e-readers and its continuing missteps versus Amazon, Barnes & Noble has just been formally criticized by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority over its recent promotion of discounts on the Nook e-reader to £29.00 ($45.23), for failing to ensure "sufficient availability of the product at the advertised price." The silver lining, if any, for B&N is that at least the unanticipated response shows how high the demand for e-readers can be—at the right price point. The original—shown here courtesy of The Guardian—ran in the last week of April 2013 in the UK press, stating: "Only £29 RRP...

Barnes & Noble’s UK sales strategy is working better than I expected
August 16, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Nook Simple TouchI'm often highly critical of Barnes & Noble. Part of the reason for that is due to the fact that because I love their hardware, I cringe when they make what appear to be stupid and short-sighted decisions. I also want at least one strong Amazon competitor. I don't think Amazon having the vast majority of the e-book market is a good thing. So a few months ago, when I saw Barnes & Noble had deeply discounted its Nooks in the UK, I cringed. Imagine my surprise when I read a recent Forbes blog post that seemed to show I had cringed...

Amazon, B&N combine to destroy UK, discount books to £0.99
July 31, 2013 | 1:21 pm

AmazonGiven the kind of alarmist headlines and comments that have littered online and offline media lately, you can expect a rash of new conspiracy theories and doom-laden prophecies over the latest reports that Barnes & Noble and Amazon have begun a price-cutting war in the UK, with B&N firing first, slashing prices on e-book editions of many bestsellers to £0.99 ($1.50). As with the Overstock face-off in the U.S., Amazon has followed suit, with price-matching discounts on many - but not all - of B&N's favored titles. B&N is offering the Nook edition of  "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini,...

Amazon e-books: Born in a bubble from a bullet
July 21, 2013 | 1:17 am

200px-Riding_the_BulletAn article on the Digital Reader about the 4th anniversary of the Nook e-books store prompted me to look back to the turn of the millennium. It was a period in the history of e-books that I don’t think most us think about as much. It was a couple of years after the founding of Peanut Press, so people had time to get used to the idea of e-reading—and big stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble were starting to get interested for the first time. And that’s what led to a very brief e-book bubble. In March 2000,...

It’s Amazon’s world, we just live in it
July 19, 2013 | 8:37 pm

Discovered another pair of posts with interesting, almost complementary things to say today about Amazon, from opposite sides of the fence. It’s interesting and instructive to look at them both together. If Barnes & Noble fails, so will Amazon Is that the heady aroma of sour grapes I catch wafting over from Salon Magazine? Salon hasn’t made any attempts to hide its pro-publisher tilt lately. The last major story about Amazon I saw out of them was a marvelously revisionist little piece claiming to be “Everything you need to know about the great e-book price war” and...