Nook

Microsoft prototypes Surface keyboard cover with secondary e-ink touchscreen

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The original Nook e-reader demonstrated that a small secondary touch-sensitive LCD display panel could be helpful for navigation and other tasks on the e-ink device. In an interesting symmetry, Microsoft Applied Sciences Group has prototyped a keyboard cover with a secondary e-ink display built in, [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 support a new 8” device. Details are sketchy—there are no new submissions to the FCC, and [...]

Stuff picks the best e-readers of 2015

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK magazine Stuff has an extensive review of the current crop of e-reader devices from all the major manufacturers available in the UK—the Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage, and basic Kindle, the Kobo Glow HD and Aura H2O, the Nook Glowlight, and the Bookeen Cybook Ocean. They put a good deal of [...]

The best e-book app on iPad? Kindle, says one blogger

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

For years now, Apple has enforced a click-through requirement on e-book apps on the iPad—they can’t sell the books directly from their app without giving Apple a cut, so they have to send them to the Safari browser to make the purchase, then back to the app. So why is it that Amazon is the only [...]

Anderson family to take Books a Million private

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Books a Million is going private. The Anderson family, who already own the majority of BAMM’s shares, have agreed to buy the rest at $3.25 per share—fifty cents over the offer of $2.75 the family made in January, and well over BAMM’s Monday close of $2.64. The total value of the deal would be [...]

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 months, but before that he was the head of the USA Sears & Kmart chains for three years. Before [...]

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 seems to be on the wall. Barnes & Noble has removed the “Download” button from its e-book [...]

Recently flashed CyanogenMod on Nook. How’d it go?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’d been meaning to wipe my Nook HD and install Cyanogen Mod 11 for some time now, but the process intimidated me. Then Chris went and created a user friendly guide. A little more than a week ago, I got up the nerve to give it a try. It worked (after a couple of heart-in-the-throat moments), [...]

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 on it? Could I run it? Given that I had the Nexus, I wasn’t in danger of losing my only Android [...]

Why I won’t buy more Nook books

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 29, 2014 // 18 Comments

That’s a serious headline. It’s not intended as click-bait, and I’m not going on a rant about how evil Barnes and Noble is or how I’ll never buy anything from them again. I just won’t buy more Nook books. (I’m quite willing to buy a future Nook device, assuming [...]

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, B&N could be worth $36 based on the value of the company’s assets alone, especially if B&N [...]

Morning roundup: Of copyright and treaties, OSX Redesign, authors and agents, and a discounted Nook Glowlight

By Joanna Cabot
May 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

New Paper Says It’s Time To Reasonably Decrease Copyright Term And Rethink Putting Copyright In Treaties (Techdirt) The full paper is well worth reading, detailing just how distorted copyright has become from its original purpose. — Apple Will Reportedly Unveil ‘End-to-End’ [...]

What if Amazon bought Barnes & Noble?

By Chris Meadows
March 14, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a peculiar phenomenon by which year-old articles sometimes show up again in news aggregators and social network feeds that for some reason see the month and day part of the date and miss the year. (It’s gotten me in trouble before.) But today it brings up an interesting blog post I [...]

G Asset Management seeks to buy majority share of B&N, or B&N’s Nook subsidiary

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

So what are we to make of this? An investment firm, G Asset Management, wants to buy 51% of Barnes & Noble in a deal working out to $22 per share. (Its current share price is $18.) This isn’t the first offer it’s made for the business, either. It offered $20 per share in November. If it [...]

What will I do with my Nook Simple Touch now?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

I 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 [...]

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