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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...

Is The Sky Really Falling on NOOK Media?
July 19, 2013 | 12:02 pm

NOOKEditor's note: The following opinion piece, written by former Book Business editor-in-chief Brian Howard, originally appeared on the Book Business website back on June 26. The subject this piece covers is, by now, relatively old news. But it's also a very well-written and smartly reasoned essay. And because this appears to have been the very last e-reading related bit of content produced by Brian before he left North American Publishing Co. for an editorial position with a different employer, we thought it only fitting to reproduce it here. We'll miss seeing you around the office, Brian. And we'll certainly miss reading...

David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy
July 16, 2013 | 2:33 pm

David CarrThe latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great "Lord Of The Rings"-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, with its regiments of marching Kindles, comes, perhaps not surprisingly, from the pen of New York Times columnist David Carr. Carr has an illustrious track record as an Amazon-basher, so it's not unusual to see more of the same on display here. Still, savor these gems: "So far, what has been bad for the...

Barnes & Noble has restored Nook for PC and Mac
June 19, 2013 | 3:16 pm

Barnes & NobleEarlier this month, I reported that Barnes & Noble had removed the install files for Nook for PC and Mac. Well, now they're back. Although Barnes & Noble has said they aren't supporting the apps anymore, something made them decide to make them available again. Hue and cry, perhaps? Without an actual Nook, it's difficult to read Nook books without the apps. Although there is a Nook for Web, lots of books are not viewable through it. My guess is that enough readers protested the loss of access to their books that B&N felt they had to respond by putting the apps...

B&N decides Deutschland über alles with German market entry
June 7, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Barnes & NobleGerman book press has picked up on the news that Barnes & Noble is still pressing on with its launch plans in Germany. According to the original article, “Barnes & Noble still wants to expand to Germany this year,” this follows on the establishment of Barnes & Noble GmbH in Berlin and a statement by the U.S. book giant’s CEO that the company would be debuting in international markets from June 10th. June has come with no sign of B&N, the article points out, but company staffers are still heralding expansion into 10 international markets within the next six months. The report singles...

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 2 — Nook HD vs. Nexus 7
May 6, 2013 | 5:24 pm

Yesterday, I wrote about the Nook HD mostly from a stock OS perspective. But I know the question you really wanted to have answered was this: "Does it work as an Android tablet?" After three days of using it, my answer is a cautious "yes." Because I still don't have a tablet case for it, I haven't run it through a typical work day. However, from my use in the house over the weekend, I can tell you that it's got potential. Let's start with what it can and can't do. Loading apps from Google Play is a breeze. When you install the...

B&N Decides to Play Nice With Google Play
May 3, 2013 | 2:10 pm

Google PlayAll right! Barnes & Noble has finally listened to its customer base, and the tech bloggers. They recently announced that they'll be rolling out a software update that adds the Google Play Store to the Nook HD and HD+ tablets. This is excellent news. The Nook HD tablets have consistently received great hardware reviews, but the Nook App Store lags so far behind other app stores that there's no point in drawing comparisons. Good hardware plus crappy app selection does not equal a winning combination. I confess to being surprised by the news. While it's what I've been writing about for a...

B&N March Madness Tournament of Books: Good idea; slightly awkward implementation
March 27, 2013 | 3:30 pm

Contrary to a comment on a previous post, I do not have an axe to grind with Barnes & Noble. As I've said before, I want them to succeed because competition is good in the book space, especially the e-book space. Therefore, I want to point out a good Barnes & Noble idea. Apparently every March for the last nine years, they have run a "Tournament of Books." I saw a press release about it today and went to check it out. Lots of companies run bracket-style competitions this time of year, often with a user voting element involved. B&N does theirs...

Is Barnes & Noble splitting from Nook Media?
February 25, 2013 | 10:26 am

Barnes & Noble Lots of rumors were flying last night about a split of Barnes & Noble. It's now been confirmed through an SEC filing that Len Riggio, current CEO of B&N, wants to buy the retail stores and Nook Media and the college bookstores will remain a separate entity under current corporate leadership; Riggio doesn't want 'em. I can't imagine that this will end well. Many of the college bookstores are also retail stores (like the one at my son's college, Virginia Commonwealth University). Will there be separate retail terms for each entity? If so, that would be horribly inefficient. And how will...

How to Open Nook Books in Aldiko
January 13, 2013 | 1:30 pm

By Juli Monroe Like to buy books from Barnes & Noble, but you’d rather read your books in an app with more options, like Aldiko, a popular Android e-reading app? No worries. I’m going to walk you through opening Nook books in Aldiko, without removing DRM. The process does start with downloading the book to the Nook app. Once that’s done, however, you can leave the Nook app and open Aldiko.                                               From the main screen, select “File,” and navigate to the Nook folder.                                               See it there near the bottom of the screen? Select that, and navigate to the “Content” folder. Open it and you’ll see...

Barnes & Noble: The Conspiracy Theories Mount
January 9, 2013 | 12:44 pm

My recent exploration of the failing of Barnes & Noble attracted many comments, some of which surprised me. To me, it was a simple issue of, 'If you won't sell to people, how can they buy?' But I had some food for thought from some of our readers, and I think the problem merits some further exploration. Here are my top off-the-beaten-track Barnes & Noble Failure Conspiracy Theories. Do some (or all) of them account for Barnes & Noble's dismal sales? 1. Barnes & Noble is targeting takeover partners, not customers. This one came to me via my Beloved, who reads ... but makes...

The REAL Reason Barnes & Noble is Failing
January 5, 2013 | 9:00 am

My esteemed editor, Dan, posed a question today, after processing B&N's recent holiday sales stats: Why IS Barnes & Noble failing so badly? After reading their Christmas-season sales numbers, nobody can deny that their sales are not what they could be? Why? With all due respect to Dan, who I think is a fabulous guy, I think the answer is a lot more straightforward than he might think. It's not about sales metrics, or marketing techniques, or any complicated analysis I think he was seeking. The answer is simple: It's because the world has more non-Americans than Americans, and Barnes &...

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