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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...

Barnes & Noble names Nook division CEO Michael Huseby to overall CEO slot
January 8, 2014 | 2:20 pm

Barnes and Noble has just picked up a new overall CEO. Or at least a new-old one. Digital Book World and Publishers Weekly report that B&N has moved Michael Huseby, former CEO of the Nook division, into the top CEO spot left by William Lynch who vacated in July. Huseby said in a statement in the press release: My role, as I see it, is to enhance and unlock the value of these businesses for our shareholders. We are well-positioned in today’s dynamic reading and learning markets and confident in our ability to provide our customers...

SEC probing Barnes & Noble accounting
December 7, 2013 | 12:08 pm

Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble has been hit with more bad news. On Friday, it was revealed the SEC was investigating B&N’s accounting, according to an Associated Press report in USA Today. According to the report, the SEC told the book company it was looking into two issues: the company’s restatement of earnings announced in July and an allegation from an employee who said that B&N improperly allocated some information-technology expenses between its Nook and retail segments. B&N said in a July filing that it had restated results from the fiscal years ending in April 2011 and 2012 due to material errors in the financial...

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise
October 18, 2013 | 6:26 pm

FireVergeWant to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to go with? In those cases and others, the guidance here is for you. Most tips will work even with low-cost, no-name tablets. But let’s pay special attention to the new Kindle Fire HDXes. They are among the top choices if you care more about reading than about tech and can stomach...

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....

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...

Morning Roundup: How do you make money when everything is going free?
August 21, 2013 | 9:23 am

moneyHow Do You Make Money When Everything is Going Free? (Futurebook) Stop worrying about the price of books, or music, or art, going to zero. It’s happening. It’s happened. There is no going back. * * * Will Copyright Be Extended 25 Years? An Old Debate Returns (GigaOM) In 1998, Congress agreed to grant another 20 years of copyright protection to every film, book and song in the land. Now, the laws are under review once again — and legal scholars are starting a pool on whether there another extension will take place. * * * Barnes & Noble Claims They Will Continue to Make Tablets...

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...

Morning Roundup: Equating Piracy with Lost Sales is Baloney
July 31, 2013 | 8:43 am

Morning RoundupWriter of 'Daredevil' Comic Books: Equating Piracy with Lost Sales is Baloney (Techdirt) It's been pointed out here on multiple occasions that one pirated item does not equal one lost sale. It's a fallacy various rights holders have used for years in order to exaggerate losses (helpful when asking the government to write legislation favoring clunky business models) and to justify stupid, restrictive DRM (helpful for punishing paying customers). * * * B&N & Amazon Offering Best-Selling eBooks in the UK for 99P (Good e-Reader) Barnes and Noble announced a new promotion in the UK yesterday that gives some solid eBook deals. The company is offering...

William Lynch and His Reading Habits: Do onscreen readers really care about books?
July 29, 2013 | 1:45 pm

William LynchArit John has just run a highly negative piece on The Atlantic Wire about now-ex-CEO of Barnes & Noble William Lynch, based on Susan Berfield's reporting in Bloomberg Businessweek. And as you might judge from the title, "Barnes & Noble's Ex-CEO Might Still Have a Job If He Cared About Books," a main thrust of John's critique of Lynch is that he just didn't care about—or understand—books. Indeed, John implies that Lynch showed his lack of understanding and appreciation of books by preferring e-books to the genuine printed article. John cites Lynch's interview appearance on Bloomberg TV: "Lynch was asked what book...

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...