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Barnes & Noble may be adding a new 8” tablet next month

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder offers a pretty big scoop based on insider information: someone at Barnes & Noble tells him that B&N is planning to reset its stores early next month to [...]

Salon wishes Amazon an unhappy 20th birthday

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 6 Comments

Amazon is just about to turn 20, and Salon has a hit piece with five reasons to wish Amazon an “unhappy birthday.” Of course, the fact that Salon dislikes Amazon is not exactly a surprise. In [...]

Barnes & Noble taps new CEO as revamped B&N e-commerce site hinders access to e-books

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Earlier today, Fortune reported that Barnes & Noble has tapped Sears Canada CEO Ron Boire to take over as B&N’s CEO. Boire has been the CEO of the struggling Sears Canada for just 10 [...]

Does anyone even want cross-platform e-book interoperability?

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 6 Comments

Proprietary e-book formats have been around for quite some time. Most major commercial vendors use proprietary formats to one extent or another, be they Amazon’s Kindle format or the proprietary [...]

Why NOT self-publish exclusively through Amazon?

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2014 // 19 Comments

I first saw a post by Hugh Howey discussing the potential cost versus befits of going exclusive with Amazon a few days ago. I was thinking of saying something about it, but it kind of takes on added [...]

Barnes & Noble removes ability to download its e-books outside of the Nook ecosystem

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2014 // 6 Comments

I’m hesitant to believe this story Nate’s reporting, even after clicking the links and reading the sources for myself. How could anyone in the modern e-book market be this dumb? But the writing [...]

(Brief) Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

I wandered over to my local Barnes & Noble to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook and see what I thought. Nate at The Digital Reader actually bought one, so if you have questions or want to [...]

Authors lost the book war long before Amazon vs. Hachette

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

I meant to cover this piece from The Weeklings when it popped up on The Passive Voice the other day. To my surprise, it’s reprinted on the normally rabid pro-publisher/anti-Amazon Salon Magazine [...]

Neil Gaiman ‘pissed at Amazon’ but not so sure about Hachette either

By Chris Meadows
June 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

Well, here’s another Salon Amazon hit piece, at least sort of. Salon chose to headline it, “Neil Gaiman: ‘I’m obviously pissed at Amazon’” but if you read the actual article, you find the [...]

Robinson-Patman, Amazon, the publishers, and the ABA: Where’s the lawsuit? (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Two different op-eds have popped up on CNN and Al Jazeera suggesting that Amazon, big bully that it is in the Hachette negotiation, needs to be taken down a peg under the Robinson-Patman Act. (If you [...]

Publishers, Amazon, and competition: Three points of view

By Chris Meadows
June 1, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a theme in the triad of Amazon/Hachette articles I found this morning, and the theme is…competition. First of all, here’s a rare op ed in favor of Amazon that originally appeared in [...]

How to upgrade the Nook HD to Kit Kat with Cyanogenmod

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2014 // 44 Comments

Ever since I got my Nexus 7, my Nook HD has been kind of languishing. I’d upgraded it to the most recent Jelly Bean Cyanogenmod version a while back, but I was curious: what might Kit Kat be like [...]

Can publishers win if they dare?

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2014 // 7 Comments

Dare – dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive It’s time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan [...]

Is Barnes & Noble stock underpriced?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barron’s has an article by Andrew Bary (paywalled; bypass with Google News) suggesting that Barnes & Noble stock is currently badly underpriced. Trading around $18 right now, Bary argues, [...]

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, more people have chimed in on the Amazon/Hachette thing. Most notably, Charlie Stross has blogged about it. Given that he’s published by Orbit, a subsidiary of Hachette, it’s understandable [...]

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