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Morning Roundup: Retail may be B&N salvation. The myth that no one buys new writers and more
May 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

B&NTextbook Publisher Backs Down, Won't Force Students to Return Paper Textbook (The Digital Reader) A couple days later Aspen responded to the protests with a clarification. They insist that their attempt to take rights away from students was merely one of the options a student will have for buying the next edition. *** How Do We Address the Continuing Problem of Inadequate and Deceptive Publishing Practices? (The Scholarly Kitchen) For 20 years, scholarly publishing has been responding to what some term “the digital revolution.” Promising an end to scarcity and delays, the technocrats — and I count myself as among these to a point...

Jeremy Greenfield advocates Nook book sales for B&N salvation
March 29, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Digital Book World's Jeremy Greenfield has just penned a very interesting and thought-provoking article over on Forbes. As the answer to the great "what is going to happen to Nook?" question, he advocates that Barnes & Noble should build out the Nook Press self-publishing operation, B&N's answer to Kindle Direct Publishing, into a print book franchise. "Start selling self-published print books in Barnes & Noble stores," he urges. Arguing from the amount of shelf space that B&N already gives over to Nooks in its stores, Greenfield points out that: "the company owns Sterling Publishing, a New York-based publisher. On Nook’s dime,...

eBook settlement credits appearing in customer accounts
March 25, 2014 | 9:31 am

ebook settlement creditsI received an email this morning from Amazon notifying me that my eBook settlement credit had been applied to my account. Checking KBoards, there are starting to be lots of happy people with significant credit to spend. For those of you who haven't been following this story (are there any of you?), the settlement amounts are the result of the Agency Pricing case against the Big Publishers, all of whom settled. Apple, of course, is still in the process of fighting it, and, if they lose, there may be more settlement amounts in the future. According to the settlement website, Barnes &...

What if Amazon bought Barnes & Noble?
March 14, 2014 | 11:12 am

There’s a peculiar phenomenon by which year-old articles sometimes show up again in news aggregators and social network feeds that for some reason see the month and day part of the date and miss the year. (It’s gotten me in trouble before.) But today it brings up an interesting blog post I missed the first time around. And while a lot has changed since the post was written in March 2013, it still bears a little bit of thinking about: might or should Amazon buy the struggling Barnes & Noble? There’s been a lot of speculation...

Author Earnings III: The Barnes & Noble report
February 25, 2014 | 2:53 pm

howeychartHugh Howey and his stats guy have again crawled, this time looking at one day’s worth of Barnes & Noble sales data for the top 5,000 genre fiction Nook e-books.  They found a picture similar to their Amazon look, though a bit less skewed in favor of self-publishing. (Perhaps this is because B&N doesn’t have as good a self-publishing program as Amazon? Or because Amazon offers incentive to people to self-publish with Amazon exclusively so more of them do? Howey doesn’t speculate.) Even with this being said, indie-published titles make up over half of the top 5,000 titles, with...

G Asset Management B&N offer may be busted for lowballing
February 25, 2014 | 10:25 am

barnes & NobleAs readers of Chris Meadows's report in TeleRead will already know, investment group G Asset Management has offered to buy out Barnes & Noble for around $1.3 billion. Now an announcement indicates that a shareholder litigation suit has been launched against the directors of B&N by former SEC attorney Willie Briscoe and securities litigation firm Powers Taylor LLP for entertaining an offer at too low a price. "Barnes & Noble shareholders will receive just $22 in cash for each share of Barnes & Noble owned, which is below the 52-week high of $23.71 and well below at least one analyst’s estimated...

Morning Roundup: Nook has lost lots of money. Amazon, please unmute the Kindle Paperwhite
February 25, 2014 | 8:13 am

Nook has lost lots of moneyBarnes & Noble Has Lost Over 1 Billion Dollars on Nook (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble is quite transparent when it comes to their financial earnings and hold nothing back from investor calls and their reporting. *** Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks (Futurebook) With more and more educational institutes incorporating BYOD (bring your own device) schemes, education has come a long way from the slate tablet to the digital tablet. *** Amazon, Please Unmute the Kindle (The Digital Reader) A solution would be easy. Just give the Paperwhite text to speech. You don’t need a lab full of MIT Ph.D.s, or even one such...

G Asset Management seeks to buy majority share of B&N, or B&N’s Nook subsidiary
February 21, 2014 | 4:19 pm

So what are we to make of this? An investment firm, G Asset Management, wants to buy 51% of Barnes & Noble in a deal working out to $22 per share. (Its current share price is $18.) This isn’t the first offer it’s made for the business, either. It offered $20 per share in November. If it can’t buy the whole thing, it wants to buy 51% of Barnes & Noble’s Nook business at $5 per share. The firm thinks that B&N should split its retail and Nook businesses. The interesting thing to me is that, if B&N were...

What will I do with my Nook Simple Touch now?
February 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

nook simple touchI wonder if my Nook Simple Touch will become a collector’s item. Most likely, it will just be exactly what it is now – a gadget collecting dust with the battery killed off long ago. I haven’t used my NST in months, maybe even a year. So, it was not surprising when I read on The Digital Reader that Barnes & Noble discontinued the Nook Touch. I didn’t have any major issues with my NST, but once I got my Google Nexus 7 two summers ago, it became my little computer away from my laptop, including an e-reader, RSS reader, Candy Crusher, Facebook...

Quercus sale points to new wave of publishing M&A?
January 24, 2014 | 11:15 am

Many commentators took the announcement by Quercus Publishing plc that "it would be in the best interests of the Company's shareholders to seek potential offerors by means of a formal sale process" as an important early indicator of the strength of publishing industry disruption in 2014. After all, if the English publisher of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy can't make it in the new publishing era, who can? This immediately initiates at least one item of publishing M&A. As the formal notice states, "as a consequence of this announcement, an 'Offer Period' has commenced in respect of the Company in accordance with...

Morning Roundup: Barnes & Noble loses fourth senior manager, Crowdsourcing copyright law in Europe and more
January 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

barnes & NobleB&N’s Nook Division Loses Its 4th Senior Manager in Less Than a Month (The Digital Reader) Over the past few weeks no fewer than 4 members of the senior management at Nook Media, the Barnes & Noble ebook sub, have either left the company, been promoted, or announced that they have one foot out the door. *** Crowdsourcing Copyright Law in Europe (The Scholarly Kitchen) The European Commission is inviting all comers–from both inside and outside of the EU Single Market–to engage in a public consultation as part of the Commission’s review of European Union copyright rules. *** British University Accepts Course Fees in Bitcoin (GigaOM) The...

Why doesn’t Smashwords buy Nook?
January 13, 2014 | 4:37 pm

SmashwordsThis piece was prompted by a post on Eoin Purcell's blog, entitled "Some Thoughts on B&N's Nook Problem," and breaking down the fairly abysmal news from Barnes & Noble's Nook segment, which saw a 60.5 percent fall year-on-year at $125 million "for the nine-week holiday period," digital content sales falling 27.3 percent and devices and accessories 66.7 percent. "The big question for B&N is whether there is a profitable ebook and digital content business to be pulled from the mess of Nook," Purcell concludes. "For too long, the digital content side of the business has been a slave to the device side."...