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2016 Barnes and Noble launched a new website
Barnes and Noble totally revised their online website and it looks great. The new site puts reading first, instead of pillows, scented candles and toys. The entire main page is full of great books, whether its the B&N Top 100 Books or book reviews done on their blog. There is also a bunch of image carousels that showcase new and notable Nook books and also books that are recommended to you based on past purchases. During a recent shareholders conference the new Barnes and Noble CEO Ron Boire said that his company is going to heavily focus on the modern web and make their website responsive on mobile phones and tablets.
2016 Barnes and Noble is closing the Nook App and Video Store
Barnes and Noble is trying to stem the bleeding of the ailing Nook division by implementing cost cutting measures. This March they intend on closing the Nook App Store, Nook Video Store and the UK Nook e-book store. The closure of the app and video store will effect every single tablet Barnes and Noble has ever made. This includes the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, Nook HD+ and all of the Samsung for Nook branded devices. Barnes and Noble is encouraging everyone to gravitate to Google Play or a 3rd party app store. Barnes and Noble says that the closure of the app store is going to allow them to to concentrate their focus and efforts on their core digital content business, which are Books and Newsstand.
2015 Barnes & Noble released Nook Audiobooks app
Barnes and Noble is getting serious about audiobooks. The company announced the release of the Nook Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad, as well as a new website, NOOKAudiobooks.com. The website has been designed to complement the apps, allowing customers access to a selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online with the ability to listen anywhere.The app allows customers to purchase the audiobook through the app without a subscription. The app also allows for free samples of any audiobook.
2015 Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled new tablet Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK is a new 8-inch tablet blending Samsung’s elegant design and multi-tasking power with NOOK’s unparalleled reading and entertainment experience. It's the thinnest, lightest, ultra-fast device from the two companies and costs $399.99. An ultra-fast octa-core processor enables consumers to quickly jump between books, movies, apps and the web without lag. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK offers customers an impressive collection of digital content to explore from Barnes & Noble. The expansive NOOK Store’s reading and entertainment content offering includes over 4 million books including bestsellers, new releases, classics and enhanced titles with special content.
2015 Barnes & Noble closes international Nook Store
The Digital Reader found an interesting email sent to international Nook users about the Nook app for Windows. International Nook users outside the US or the UK that their content will be removed from Windows machines and their money refunded. They will also no longer be able to open Nook books on their Windows devices. This is directly related to B&N’s buyout of Microsoft’s investment in the Nook store last December. It is unclear where the Nook is headed but it’s clear that it is currently rolling back partnerships in order to streamline what is now a shrinking business.
2014 Barnes & Noble and Microsoft end their Nook partnership
Barnes & Noble today announced the termination of its agreement with Microsoft surrounding the Nook business. This comes alongside word that Nook device sales felt down 60% this year. The two companies entered into the partnership two years ago with Microsoft initially investing at least $300 million to create Nook Media. This partnership was created after B&N refused to pay Microsoft patent royalties for its Android-based readers. But nothing substantial ever materialized from the deal. Over the summer B&N teamed up with Samsung to produce a Nook-branded tablet. But apparently even Samsung couldn’t help the dying e-reader pioneer.
2014 Nook launches Audiobook app for Android
Nook launches an audiobook app for Android users, sweetening the deal by bundling two free audiobook titles with first-time downloads of the new app for a limited time. Through an easy-to-use, simple shopping experience and high-quality listening experience, the new NOOK Audiobooks App offers the best audiobooks for adults and kids at great low prices, with free samples available on a wide selection of titles. Recall, earlier this month, Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription ebook platform in a move meant to give Amazon’s Audible a run for its money. Scribd also said it’s hoping to entice ebook readers to listen to more audiobooks, seeing the two markets as potentially complementary.
2014 The new Nook is almost all Samsung Galaxy Tab
Barnes & Noble has announced the "the first ever full-featured Android tablet designed for reading" - Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support. To be clear, this is a Samsung device being sold in B&N stores with a bit of branding. In terms of partnerships it’s not a bad idea but it does suggest that dedicated Nook hardware is no longer a priority. Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is on sale today in stores and online for $179 after $20 rebate. This is the same price available online at Amazon and other retailers.
2014 Barnes & Noble will dump its Nook business
Barnes & Noble has announced that it will separate its retail and NOOK businesses into two separate public companies. This separation is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the next calendar year. This news comes alongside B&N fourth quarter 2014 financial results where the Nook side of the company continued to drag down the rest of the company. After the split, the Nook business will no longer have the comfy life raft of Barnes & Noble. It will be sink or swim, and if the brand’s history is any indication, the Nook will not be treading water for very long. So, who knows, maybe Microsoft will acquire it quickly.
2014 Samsung to make next Nook Tablet based on Galaxy Tab
As Barnes & Noble struggles to remain relevant in the ebook market, it’s turning to Samsung in hopes of boosting digital content sales. The company announced a partnership with Samsung that will bring co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets by early August. The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized NOOK software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.
2013 Barnes & Noble slashes Nook and book prices for Black Friday
Barnes & Noble is slashing the price of several Nook devices for Black Friday weekend. It's offering Nook Simple Touch at its lowest price ever of just $39 (down from $79). Barnes & Noble is also offering at least 50 percent off hundreds of best-selling Nook books. Also on Black Friday, Barnes & Noble will discount a number of "hot" Nook books to $2.99, including Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich, The Cider House Rules by John Irving, and Crewel by Gennifer Albin. If you're in need of accessories for your Nook, Barnes & Noble also has you covered. The company offers a $10 Industriell cover for Simple Touch and Simple Touch GlowLight devices, and 25 percent off other Nook HD accessories through Dec. 1.
2013 Nook released new reading app for Windows 8
Barnes & Noble updated its NOOK App for Windows 8 that is now fully optimized to integrate the new features of the latest version Windows 8.1. The updated app includes a streamlined user interface, faster performance and some new features, including enhanced support for snap view and portrait ereader orientation, the ability to import files from SkyDrive, enhanced search, improved library organization and even better in-app support for customers. Now you can import ePub and PDF files from “My PC” & SkyDrive, with imported files appearing in the NOOK library and current reading page saved for imported items. Improved library organization featurs grouping by content type and integrated library search access.
2013 Barnes & Noble drops Nook tablets buy keeps manufacturing e-ink readers
Barnes & Noble said in its earnings report Tuesday that it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets in-house. It will create “a partnership model for manufacturing” those tablets, while continuing to develop e-ink readers in-house. “We plan to continue to innovate in the single purpose black-and-white e-reader category,” CEO William Lynch said in a statement. He also said that “the majority of the content sales come from non-tablets” and that e-readers have “been our primary customer acquisition vehicle for content.”
2013 Barnes & Noble kills Nook desktop apps
Today Apple has launched iBooks for Mac. And today Barnes & Noble has dropped support for the Mac and PC (pre Windows 8) versions of the Nook standalone reader software, and now directs users to the web-based version instead. It’s not a perfect replacement, because a huge percentage of Nook e-books unsupported as not all titles in the store support the web-based version of the application. This means that Barnes & Noble’s efforts around e-books officially now trail Amazon’s in terms of cross-platform access, but it’s likely B&N is setting its sights on another goal - of becoming a player in the low-cost tablet space with Nook hardware, as it has recently introduced features that both add Play store functionality to the Nook HD line, and unlock key missing features like a browser for the Simple Touch, making them more than just e-readers.
2013 Barnes & Noble integrates Google Play into Nook tablets
Barnes & Noble is adding Google Play marketplace (including apps, music, videos and ebooks) and Google services (Google+, GMail, Youtube, Maps) to its Nook HD and HD+ tablets. As you know, Nook-tablets are Android-based, but this move seems a bit odd for a company that has a strategic partnership with Microsoft. However, Jim Hilt, Barnes & Noble’s VP of ebooks, said that the aim is to provide broader media ecosystem to Nook tablet users and B&N isn’t worried about Google books: “We’re incredibly confident that when people pick up a Nook device, they’re going to use the Nook shopping experience” he said.
2012 Nook for Windows 8 is here. But it's dissapointing
Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have finally released the much awaited Nook e-reader app for Windows 8 (Metro) and it's already available in the Windows Store here. Interestingly, this app (that could be pre-installed in Windows 8) is neither shown on the Windows Store front page, neither on the eBooks section frontpage, neither in the list of recommended apps. It only takes (at that moment) the #4 position in the New Releases section. Meanwhile the main competitor - Kindle is the second recommended app in the eBooks section. According to the first reviews (that basically come from existing Nook users), the app is quite buggy and lacks some useful functions, available in Nook tablets and other Nook apps. But it's just the first release, so we should be patient.
2012 Windows 8 launch: with Kindle, and without Nook
Today Windows 8 officially launched around the world with its new Windows Store - the primary source for Windows 8 apps (the only source in case of Windows RT tablets). And you know what? There is no Nook app for now neither inbuilt in Windows, nor in the Store. Recall that Microsoft partnered with Barnes & Nobel and created the joint company to operate the Nook ecosystem. They also promised to create the Nook app for Windows 8 until it's launch, but they failed. At the same time, the main competitor, Amazon's Kindle app is already in the Windows Store. And like the Kindle apps on other platforms - it automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights in each book. That means you can start reading book on Kindle e-reader and continue on Windows 8 computer or tablet.
2012 Microsoft enters the ebook market via Nook Media
Last year Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble, claiming that they were infringing on five Microsoft patents (by using Android OS in the Nook e-reader). But then Microsoft decided to partner with B&N and enter the ebook market instead of getting the royalties. Today, the joint venture between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble has been officially formed - it's called Nook Media. From now this company operates Nook (instead of B&N). Microsoft invested $300 million in this joint venture and owns 17.6% in it. Besides, it will build the Nook app for Windows 8 and integrate it with Office and Bing. This means that the app will be not only for (social and internet-powered) reading, but also for writing and publishing books using familiar tools like Word. The Nook app for Win8 is expacted to appear on Oct 26 together with Windows 8.