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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

we have a Kindle Korner for the amazon Kindle owners (i am one), so i think it is only fair that Nook owners have a space as well. The idea is Nook owners can come here to get help with Nook hardware problems from other group members. I give this thread over to you Nook owners, enjoy. :D


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 21, 2013 08:16AM) (new)

Reports of Nook Tablet Death Premature? (B&N new CEO is reconsidering scrapping the tablet version of the Nook.)

B&N Nook business (including eBook sales) down 23% last quarter (year-to-year), lost $55mil. B&N as a whole lost $9mil last quarter.

(So, if I do a little math, their physical book sales are almost generating enough profit to make up for the Nook losses.)


message 3: by infael (new)

infael | 65 comments Very glad to hear! I would hate for Amazon to be my only source for ebooks!


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

my brother has a nook....i got a kindle...i hope amazon continues to compition


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Some mixed news for Barnes & Noble in their latest quarterly report:

On the plus side, B&N as a whole showed a small profit (better than the losses of the previous quarters.)

Barnes & Noble Reports Profit, but Sales Decline 8%

The caveat there is that the profit comes by cutting expenses (i.e., closing unprofitable stores.)

On the mediocre news side, sales of "digital content" (eBooks) was down 20%. That's partly due to continued reduced eBook prices following the Apple antitrust decision. eBooks as a whole were still a loss for B&N, but physical book sales are making enough profit to make up for eBook loses.


Nook hardware sales took a dive, though. Here too, some of that drop is because B&N have reduced prices to try to increase unit sales.

Barnes and Noble Nook Hardware Sales Down 41.3% .

Nook eBooks can also be read on iPad, iPhone & Android devices as well as PCs & Macs (as can Kindle eBooks), so while B&N might like to have the lock-in of a Nook device sale, they can sell into other platforms, too.


It's also notable that Pearson PLC (holding company of the largest book publisher in the world, owning Random Penguin House) has given B&N a major investment in the e-book business, meaning B&N have capital to carry on for some time.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Barnes & Noble dropped some more bad news on the financial markets yesterday: Holiday Retail Sales Dip at B&N, Nook Sales Plunge . The report compares 2012 to 2013 Christmas seasons.

A 5% dip in physical book sales is actually pretty decent, in line with other retailer reports.

The 65% drop in Nook hardware sales was pretty grim, though. E-book / digital content sales were down 27% (do people give e-books for Christmas?) which suggests losing market share to Amazon and Apple.

(Amazon never breaks down their business enough to know exactly how their e-book and Kindle sales are doing.)


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't think people give e-books for Christmas, but gift cards are a popular gift, and B&N have gift cards for the Nook...the ghods only know how many e-books are bought Christmas morning, but i suspect its one of the biggest days of the year for e-book sales


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Finally, a year after the first rumors, B&N has announced a partnership to make a "Nook Tablet" as a B&N-branded edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, replacing their Nook HD tablets. (The basic eReader Nooks, e.g. the GlowLight, continue.)


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

a good move...the Samsung Galaxy is a solid tablet


message 10: by infael (new)

infael | 65 comments I always ask for BN ebook gift certs for Xmas. :)


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

:D


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off Nook Unit.

On the heels of its deal with Samsung to replace the Nook tablets, the Nook eReader business is going to become a separate company, Nook Media, co-owned by Microsoft and Pearson (Penguin/Random House). Presumably B&N would gradually sell off more of its holdings in the separate Nook Media.

This is said to include both the eReader hardware and its digital content.

I'm guessing "digital content" includes the ebook sales (?) (as well as the Nook App store and Nook Music and Nook Video stores).


message 13: by Hillary (new)

Hillary Major | 436 comments Well, that sounds ... unlikely to result in anything good for Nook users. & Pearson's involvement suggests a focus on overcharging for e-textbooks/exploiting the education market.


message 14: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Michael Lewis (timothymichaellewis) | 48 comments Nook, Nook, who's there?

Not Barnes and Noble anymore!


message 15: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas | 46 comments What's a Nook? Is that a coaster to place your drink on?

I kid. I don't have an eReader. Unless you include my iPhone, which I don't.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

E-book seller Nook pulls out of UK
"The UK versions of the online book shop, Android app and store accessed via Nook devices will all close....
B&N said it is teaming up with supermarket giant Sainsbury's to ensure that customers can still access content they have already paid for.
Customers must take action by the end of May in order to retain purchased content."
I wonder if that foreshadows something for US Nook owners?


message 17: by Peter (new)

Peter Cook | 66 comments Oh my. I just broke down and bought a Nook Glowlight this month. I am running out storage space in my place and I'm having trouble affording the price of hardcopy books.

So far I am satisfied with being able to read the screen. I signed up with two Web sites that notify me of low-cost or free e-books for the Nook and I have been getting a good selection from them.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the price of Tarnsman of Gor in Nook format. The store wants an entirely out-of-whack $9.00 for it. I'd like a copy of it to refer to, if only as a reminder of how to not write sword and planet fiction. I read the free Nook sample and the prose is even more awful than I remember from twenty-three years ago.


message 18: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Miller (httpwwwgoodreadscomklmiller) | 46 comments I sure hope Barnes and Noble hangs in there as I love going to bookstores and I always buy something to support them even though I'm a kindle reader most of the time.


message 19: by Peter (new)

Peter Cook | 66 comments Kathy wrote: "I sure hope Barnes and Noble hangs in there as I love going to bookstores and I always buy something to support them even though I'm a kindle reader most of the time."

I think the brick and mortar Barne's and Noble stores will hang in there. The store I go to, in Nashua, New Hampshire is massive. It has already moved and expanded once since I started going there in the early Nineties.


message 20: by Gary (last edited May 15, 2016 05:15PM) (new)

Gary Sundell | 203 comments Peter wrote: "Oh my. I just broke down and bought a Nook Glowlight this month. I am running out storage space in my place and I'm having trouble affording the price of hardcopy books.

So far I am satisfied with..."


Tarnsman is available through Open Road Media. Do you subscribe to Early Bird Books? That is Open Road's daily emailing which offers deals on some of their books. I seem to recall grabbing Tarnsman and Assassin of Gor through the mailing over the past year for $1.99 each for my Nook. They are pretty bad and after the first few books they became increasingly obsessed with Dominance and submission and are effectively soft core porn.

I'd rather read Kenneth Bulmer's Tarl Cabot series if I want good Burroughs' clone novels.


message 21: by Peter (new)

Peter Cook | 66 comments Gary, thanks for the heads up. I subscribe to both Early Bird Books and Bub Books. I'll keep an eye out on a deal for Tarnsman. I agree that Tarnsman is bad. His original publisher finally got fed up with publishing his unedited manuscripts when he he submitted what was essentially Certified Chartered Accountants of Gor.

I'd like to go back and read Princess of Mars for sword and planet fiction. Heck, I'll even take Lin Carter's stuff over John Lange's increasingly degenerate fantasies.


message 22: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell | 203 comments Lin's stuff was great fun, wish more of it was available in E-book format. ( I have lots of it in a box somewhere in paperback format). I am still annoyed that the works of David and Leigh Eddings are no longer available in the US in E-book format on either Nook or Kindle.
I was pleased to see the whole Dray Prescott series is available in E-book, even those that were not originally released in English.
The Horseclans series is also available.


message 23: by Peter (new)

Peter Cook | 66 comments Gary wrote: "Lin's stuff was great fun, wish more of it was available in E-book format. ( I have lots of it in a box somewhere in paperback format). I am still annoyed that the works of David and Leigh Eddings ..."

I first encountered Mr. Carter's fiction with a story in a Conan collection from the late Seventies. It wasn't bad. It was a stock Conan story, full of "thud and blunder" as Poul Anderson would say. I recently found one of his DAW sword and planet series books while Spring cleaning. I'd like to read it when I remember where I moved it to.

I'll sympathize with your annoyance over the Eddings' work going out of print in e-book format.

Oi, that Dray Prescott series looks interesting. I've bookmarked its Wikipedia page for reference.

I read the first Horseclans novel in 1982, after buying it at a local gaming / SF convention. I was horrified by the contents. I had to get out the brain bleach after that one.


message 24: by Gary (new)

Gary Sundell | 203 comments I have no idea who is representing the heirs to the Eddings estate, but they need better representation. I had just finished Pawn of Prophecy on my Nook, went to grab Queen of Sorcery....poof...they were gone. They were only available for a short window.


message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2227 comments Bummer! Can you get them from Amazon? You'd have to jump through a few hoops, but it stinks to have them disappear like that.


message 26: by Gary (last edited May 21, 2016 07:02AM) (new)

Gary Sundell | 203 comments Not available for purchase at Amazon US either. Fortunately I have real book editions of all of the Eddings books except his last series, The Elder Gods.


message 27: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2227 comments We all (me, wife, son & daughter) liked Eddings' earlier books, but none of us liked the Elder Gods. We read the first, some didn't finish it, & none of wanted another, so no great loss. You can always buy them used through Abebooks. I prefer them since there's often no shipping & they have stores around the world.


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