Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor turned out to be surprising success among those not only looking for an ereader but a bargain Android tablet as well, and with its latest firmware update B&N was all too pleased to enable the iPad-rivaling functionality. Now, the company has quietly revealed it will be launching a new ereader on May 24, according to an 8-K SEC filing.
The Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eReader is really setting itself apart from the competition. Earlier this week, the eReader got a firmware update that brought new features including NOOK Email and apps. The ability to download apps is perhaps the niftiest part and included several games for the eReader. New games will likely be piled on quickly, and today's latest release is the Aces Bubble Popper from Concrete Software, who also released Aces Jewel Hunt and Pocket Ants for the device.
In a move that's aimed directly at Fathers and Mothers days, Staples will soon be picking up the NOOK Color in both its physical locations and online office supplies store. This is an oddity of an announcement if you consider the push Barnes & Noble has made to make sure everyone knows that this device is made for their books, their magazines, and their children's books. On the other hand, perhaps a fabulous cross-branding is exactly what the NOOK Color and Barnes & Noble needs to take off into outer space!
The Google Books app for iOS devices has just been updated with several new features including landscape viewing mode optimized for iPads. The app still lags behind apps for Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBooks, and the Barnes & Noble Nook, but this new update shows more effort.
First Kindle users, now NOOK owners. Never wishing to be outdone by Amazon, Barnes & Noble has secured complimentary New York Times paywall access to those who already subscribe to the paper on their ereader. A date for the access is yet to be confirmed, and users will be contacted by email with more details.
I know there are a lot of people out there that like the idea of getting the Android-powered Nook Color eReader and rooting the device to be used as a cheap Android tablet. Rooting the Color gets access to the Android Market and other cool features. The Home Shopping Network has offered up some details about an update due in April that will add some cool new official features.
Microsoft filed a lawsuit today suing Barnes & Noble and its two contract manufacturers Foxconn and Inventec for patent infringement involving the Nook e-reader. Filed in the US District Court in Washington and with the US International Trade Commission, the action actually targets the entire Android platform.
Spring Design may be voluntarily "phasing out" the Alex ereader but its taken a settlement offer from Barnes & Noble to end the ongoing lawsuit between the two firms. According to a B&N press release, "Spring Design will grant Barnes & Noble a non-exclusive, paid-up royalty free license for the entire portfolio of Spring Design patents and patent applications."
Barnes & Noble continues to up the ante in free apps meant to spread the book love from their library straight to your face, and not only via their popular NOOKcolor and Nook devices. The newest installation into this ever-growing group of reading programs is NOOK Kids for iPad. This app is totally free and contains access to more than 12,000 children's chapter books - each of them with the ability to look up words, take notes, zoom, change text appearance, and more! This of course is in addition to a collection of nearly 300 digital picture books in a completely kid-save environment on the iPad.
The NOOKcolor is already a pretty awesome little e-book reader and not to mention totally hackable--having been successfully rooted with Android 3.0 Honeycomb by some skilled XDA devs. But Barnes & Noble continues to work hard pushing the device, recently hosting in-store demo events offering free Starbucks coffee to test drive the device. And now they've begun selling the NOOKcolor discounted on eBay.
Barnes & Noble, the world's largest bookseller, is launching their first in-store promotion event for their "PubIt!" self-publishing platform tonight in its Santa Monica, CA store. For those not lucky enough to be in Santa Monica, you can head to your local Barnes & Noble this Saturday, February 26, to take a guided tour of the NOOK Color and get a free tall cup of Starbucks coffee.