Typically, the holiday shopping season is huge for most physical and online retailers. Amazon for instance racked up strong sales for its Kindle digital readers and tablets during the holiday season of 2013. Things didn’t go as well for competitor Barnes & Noble and its Nook line of readers and tablets.
Every big internet company has a movie and TV show store it seems, and Barnes & Noble certainly doesn't have a problem joining in on the already-saturated market. The company announced NOOK Video almost a year ago, and they're just now bringing the service to iOS, Android, and Roku streaming devices for free.
Though the notification from the book company itself doesn't aim to be too much more than a "by the books" set of information, as it were, the resignation of Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch appears under the surface to be at least partially due to his involvement with spearheading NOOK. With the growth of the digital reading industry, eBooks, eReaders, and the like, Lynch's involvement in the environment - and NOOK's relative failure in the face of industry-swallowers like the iPad and Google's own initiatives with pushing books to their Android devices - all seems to have been a bit too much for the company's very recent leadership setup.
Barnes & Noble's NOOK business has been mediocre at best, mostly due to stiff competition from Amazon and its Kindle business. In what looks to be an effort to put more focus on mobile devices and reading on the go, Barnes & Noble has quietly discontinued its native app for both Windows and Mac (except Windows 8, pictured below), redirecting users to the web app instead.
Barnes & Noble has announced that it is cutting prices and some of its Nook digital readers in the United States just in time for Mother's Day. If your mom likes to read, you can get her a Nook HD or HD+ tablet at some of the best prices ever offered for one week only. The Nook HD tablet will be available for $149 and the HD+ will be available for $179.
NOOK users may be avid readers, but they may also need their daily dose of inspiration, whether that'd be ideas for DIY projects or just entertaining photos. Barnes & Noble announced today that Pinterest is now available for NOOK devices, allowing you to browse through creations and other pieces of inspiration right from your NOOK.
In an effort to compete more closely with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble is launching NOOK Press, which is a self-publishing platform that the company hopes will attract more self-publishing authors. NOOK Press is actually a rebranded service from Barnes & Noble's previous PubIt! platform.
Barnes & Noble has a deal for those looking to get a new ereader. Those who buy a Nook HD+ device starting tomorrow until the end of the month (March 31) will get a Nook Simple Touch for free. This is the latest promotion from a company that has had pretty regular specials and deals, including some earlier this month.
Barnes & Noble produces its own line of digital readers called the Nook. The company has offered Nook Free Fridays for a while allowing customers to download free digital content each Friday. Barnes & Noble has announced an expansion of its Free Fridays offering allowing more content to be downloaded each week at no cost.
The future for Barnes & Noble's NOOK business looks pretty bleak, but the company is continuing to make the best of what they still currently have by announcing more partnerships for its NOOK Video streaming service. Movies from several big studios will be making their way to NOOK Video, including titles from Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount, as well as content from National Geographic.