Barnes & Noble's UK sales strategy is working better than I expected

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’m often highly critical of Barnes & Noble. Part of the reason for that is due to the fact that because I love their hardware, I cringe when they make what appear to be stupid and short-sighted decisions. I also want at least one strong Amazon competitor. I don’t think Amazon [...]

Is The Sky Really Falling on NOOK Media?

By Brian Howard
July 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

Editor’s note: The following opinion piece, written by former Book Business editor-in-chief Brian Howard, originally appeared on the Book Business website back on June 26. The subject this piece covers is, by now, relatively old news. But it’s also a very well-written and smartly [...]

David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

The latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great “Lord Of The Rings”-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, [...]

Barnes & Noble has restored Nook for PC and Mac

By libertyc
June 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, I reported that Barnes & Noble had removed the install files for Nook for PC and Mac. Well, now they’re back. Although Barnes & Noble has said they aren’t supporting the apps anymore, something made them decide to make them available again. Hue and cry, [...]

B&N decides Deutschland über alles with German market entry

By libertyc
June 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

German book press has picked up on the news that Barnes & Noble is still pressing on with its launch plans in Germany. According to the original article, “Barnes & Noble still wants to expand to Germany this year,” this follows on the establishment of Barnes & Noble GmbH in Berlin [...]

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 2 — Nook HD vs. Nexus 7

By libertyc
May 6, 2013 // 11 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about the Nook HD mostly from a stock OS perspective. But I know the question you really wanted to have answered was this: “Does it work as an Android tablet?” After three days of using it, my answer is a cautious “yes.” Because I still don’t have a [...]

B&N Decides to Play Nice With Google Play

By libertyc
May 3, 2013 // 3 Comments

All right! Barnes & Noble has finally listened to its customer base, and the tech bloggers. They recently announced that they’ll be rolling out a software update that adds the Google Play Store to the Nook HD and HD+ tablets. This is excellent news. The Nook HD tablets have consistently [...]

B&N March Madness Tournament of Books: Good idea; slightly awkward implementation

By libertyc
March 27, 2013 // 5 Comments

Contrary to a comment on a previous post, I do not have an axe to grind with Barnes & Noble. As I’ve said before, I want them to succeed because competition is good in the book space, especially the e-book space. Therefore, I want to point out a good Barnes & Noble idea. Apparently [...]

Is Barnes & Noble splitting from Nook Media?

By libertyc
February 25, 2013 // 8 Comments

Lots of rumors were flying last night about a split of Barnes & Noble. It’s now been confirmed through an SEC filing that Len Riggio, current CEO of B&N, wants to buy the retail stores and Nook Media and the college bookstores will remain a separate entity under current [...]

Barnes & Noble: The Conspiracy Theories Mount

By libertyc
January 9, 2013 // 12 Comments

My recent exploration of the failing of Barnes & Noble attracted many comments, some of which surprised me. To me, it was a simple issue of, ‘If you won’t sell to people, how can they buy?’ But I had some food for thought from some of our readers, and I think the problem [...]

The REAL Reason Barnes & Noble is Failing

By libertyc
January 5, 2013 // 27 Comments

My esteemed editor, Dan, posed a question today, after processing B&N’s recent holiday sales stats: Why IS Barnes & Noble failing so badly? After reading their Christmas-season sales numbers, nobody can deny that their sales are not what they could be? Why? With all due respect to [...]

TeleRead Asks: Why is Barnes & Noble Losing?

By Dan Eldridge
January 4, 2013 // 11 Comments

To most readers, it probably seems unthinkable that Barnes & Noble and its Nook Media division might not be around at this time next year. But after B&N announced its embarrassingly low holiday season sales figures yesterday (scroll down to read the press release), that’s essentially [...]

Barnes & Noble expands sales offerings on website to be more like Amazon

By libertyc
October 28, 2011 // 6 Comments

Whether it will ever be great again or not, Barnes & Noble seems to be trying to survive by imitating Amazon. An article on Time explains that B&N is adding more shopping categories to its website, including Home and Gift, Consumer Electronics, Arts and Crafts, Toys and Games, and [...]

Barnes & Noble appoints e-commerce veteran as new CEO

By libertyc
March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

Steve Riggio has stepped down from the CEO position of Barnes & Noble to become B&N’s Vice Chairman. The new CEO will be William Lynch. In addition to serving as President of the Barnes & Noble website,, Lynch has an impressive amount of e-commerce experience with and [...]

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