B&N Reports Revenues Down Across the Board (Ink, Bits & Pixels)
According to the press release (which was also filed with the SEC as the 10-K report), the company saw a net loss was $19.4 million in the 4th quarter, compared to $36.7 million in the same period last year. For FY2015 B&N reported net earnings of $36.6 million, down from $47.3 million in the prior fiscal year.
TeleRead Take: Not a big surprise. I didn’t think the hardware deal with Samsung was the right way to go. Plus awesome innovations like preventing downloading of books file to computers. Going the way of Borders, guys.
Library Content Platform Hoopla Digital Adds DC Comics (Digital Book World)
hoopla digital, the digital library content distributor, expands its offering of digital comics in a deal with DC Entertainment
TeleRead Take: I would be lots more excited if my library were participating. Looks decent, though, if you’re fortunate enough to belong to one that does.
How LG’s Garbage Phone Evolved Into My Favorite Ever (Gizmodo)
Two years ago I wrote one of the harshest reviews that has ever appeared on Gizmodo. It was for the LG G2, which was supposed to be the company’s flagship Android phone for the year, but it was just bad. I wasn’t shy about saying so. I was so unshy, in fact, that LG tried to get me fired for it.
But now here I sit, two years later, with LG’s G4 in my pocket. And guess what? It’s the best phone I’ve ever used.
TeleRead Take: Great story of an opinion turn around. Warning, though. Do not watch the video of the LG alarm tone. Ignore this at your peril.
Christ, Not Even Jurassic World’s Dinosaur Toys Are Allowed to Be Female (io9)
The omnipresent practice of denying girls action figures has somehow hit a new low. Remember how in the Jurassic World movie, most of the dinosaurs—especially Chris Pratt’s Raptor squad—were constantly referred to as girls? Well, as Jurassic World action figures, they’ve all been genderswapped into boys.
TeleRead Take: While an unfortunate decision, I think io9 is drawing a mistaken conclusion. This sounds to me like a clueless marketing department rather than gender bias. But I could be wrong. Hasbro has stumbled on this issue in the past.
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