Barnes & Noble

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 CNN’s “Fortune” section. (Though it seems to have vanished from there; the link no longer works [...]

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 [...]

Sneaking books into bookstores is not a good idea

By Chris Meadows
May 25, 2014 // 4 Comments

Here’s another one from the “probably not a good idea” department. Self-published writer Brendan Leonard had a bright idea: he might see if he could get his book more exposure by planting it in a Barnes & Noble store. All that was necessary for it to ring up was to have an ISBN bar code [...]

Amazon vs. Hachette: Theories and opinions

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 5 Comments

So, Amazon vs. Hachette. There’s a thing. One multibillion dollar company versus another in a contract negotiation, Amazon delaying availability of Hachette books, authors getting caught in the middle, and we’re supposed to root for the publisher because Amazon is, of course, evil. Right. [...]

Morning Roundup: Retail may be B&N salvation. The myth that no one buys new writers and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

Textbook Publisher Backs Down, Won’t Force Students to Return Paper Textbook (The Digital Reader) A couple days later Aspen responded to the protests with a clarification. They insist that their attempt to take rights away from students was merely one of the options a student will have for [...]

Jeremy Greenfield advocates Nook book sales for B&N salvation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

Digital Book World‘s Jeremy Greenfield has just penned a very interesting and thought-provoking article over on Forbes. As the answer to the great “what is going to happen to Nook?” question, he advocates that Barnes & Noble should build out the Nook Press self-publishing [...]

eBook settlement credits appearing in customer accounts

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 25, 2014 // 13 Comments

I received an email this morning from Amazon notifying me that my eBook settlement credit had been applied to my account. Checking KBoards, there are starting to be lots of happy people with significant credit to spend. For those of you who haven’t been following this story (are there any of [...]

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 [...]

Author Earnings III: The Barnes & Noble report

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey and his stats guy have again crawled, this time looking at one day’s worth of Barnes & Noble sales data for the top 5,000 genre fiction Nook e-books.  They found a picture similar to their Amazon look, though a bit less skewed in favor of self-publishing. (Perhaps this is [...]

G Asset Management B&N offer may be busted for lowballing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

As readers of Chris Meadows’s report in TeleRead will already know, investment group G Asset Management has offered to buy out Barnes & Noble for around $1.3 billion. Now an announcement indicates that a shareholder litigation suit has been launched against the directors of B&N by [...]

Morning Roundup: Nook has lost lots of money. Amazon, please unmute the Kindle Paperwhite

By Joanna Cabot
February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble Has Lost Over 1 Billion Dollars on Nook (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble is quite transparent when it comes to their financial earnings and hold nothing back from investor calls and their reporting. *** Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks [...]

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 [...]

Quercus sale points to new wave of publishing M&A?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many commentators took the announcement by Quercus Publishing plc that “it would be in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders to seek potential offerors by means of a formal sale process” as an important early indicator of the strength of publishing industry disruption [...]

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