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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...

UK Nook Simple Touch fire sale smoulders on
July 10, 2013 | 9:45 am

The news of Barnes & Noble sacking its CEO and discontinuing production of its Nook line of readers doesn't seem yet to have dented appetites for the devices, with enthusiasts scouring retailers and online shopping sites for remaining examples. Following a savage discounting round in the UK in May-June, the Nook Simple Touch has been one of the most sought-after items on the British hit list, retailing at around £29.00 ($43.20). Proclaims one poster on the Forums: "1000 Nook STRs in UK Argos Warehouse for 32 pounds." Another replies: "Asda Direct have them stock with free delivery to a local store for £29 for...

William Lynch Steps Down as B&N CEO: What does it mean for the future of Nook Media?
July 9, 2013 | 12:14 pm

Considering William Lynch's history with the company, this news probably doesn't come as a huge surprise. Lynch oversaw the entire Nook line, including the E Ink Nook readers and the tablet line. Considering that B&N is abandoning tablet development and focusing just on the Nook line, Lynch's legacy with the company can hardly be said to be successful. I did a bit of research on Lynch, and, according to Wikipedia, From 2000-2004, Lynch was Vice President and General Manager, eCommerce, for Palm Inc., where he oversaw Palm’s Web properties, including:, the Palm Online Store, the Palm Software Connection and the Palm.Net wireless...

Morning Roundup: Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns, and more
July 9, 2013 | 10:56 am

Barnes & Noble CEOBarnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns (Paid Content) Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned. Michael Huseby, who was the company’s CFO, takes over as CEO of Nook Media, while Mitchell Klipper remains CEO of retail. * * * Internet Archive Now Hosts 4.4. Million eBooks, Sees 15 Million Downloaded Each Month (The Digital Reader) The Internet Archive is one of the largest repositories of free information online, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I realized just how large their operations really were. * * * What Happens When the Marginal Cost of Information is no Longer Zero? (The Scholarly Kitchen) One of the axioms of...

Nook: Shelved by Barnes & Noble
July 4, 2013 | 2:00 pm

NookBy Jon Dugan Late last week Barnes & Noble, Inc. announced that it will no longer be producing most of the NOOK line of tablets on their own, bowing out of competition with Apple, Google, and for the battle of the e-book reader. Less that favorable annual earnings topped the list of reasons why the company will no longer be producing the Nook color. It's no surprise when you consider that the Nook’s losses before interest and other costs were more than $450 million, soaring over last year’s number by over $200 million in fiscal 2012. The Los Angeles Times reported...

Morning Roundup: Don’t count out Barnes & Noble!
June 27, 2013 | 11:21 am

Digg App Updated for iOS with Digg Reader (The Digital Reader) Digg rolled out an update to their iOS app this morning. It’s a very small update, and it really only added a single feature: Digg Reader. * * * On the Likelihood of Academia 'Taking Back' Scholarly Publishing (Scholarly Kitchen) Fast-forward to last month, when I wrote a post about what I believe to be “signal distortions” contributing to a very weird set of economic dynamics in the scholarly publishing industry. At the end of that piece I mentioned that there are some who would clearly welcome the “taking back” of scholarly publishing...

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...

Morning Roundup: How I Became a Freelancer
June 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning RoundupHow I Became a Freelancer (Give Me Back my Five Bucks) Over the past few months, I’ve gotten a lot of requests to talk about my freelancing – where my money is coming from, how I approach potential clients, and how I got started. I’ve talked about it before, but figured I could go a little more in depth here. --- How Do We Make Freelance Journalism Sustainable? (Media Shift) Last month the Chicago Sun Times fired its entire staff of photographers -– 28 full-time journalists — and plans to rely primarily on freelancers. This news is just the most recent in a growing...

(Hurry, Limited-Time) Deal Alert: Get a Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129, Nook HD+ for $149
June 11, 2013 | 10:30 am

Nook HDI know, I know, there are oodles of tablets cooler than Barnes & Noble’s Nooks around, starting with the uber-cheap Nexus 7 and the sleek iPad Mini. But with B&N holding constant “yard sales”, I dare you to find a slate with more bang for the buck. Leading to Father’s Day for instance, the Nook HD goes for just $129 both in physical stores and online, while the Nook HD+ is $149. That gives you roughly five days (Father’s Day is this Sunday, remember) to decide between the two. Our advice? Get them both. One for you, one for your dad,...

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...