Barnes & Noble announced back in July the new NOOKstudy platform that would allow students to access a massive library of digital textbooks from a PC or Mac that they can use to study with from anywhere. At the time, we didn’t know exactly when the new service would launch with the only hint being a date of "this fall."
Intel's AppUp download store has hit "gold" status and gone live, having first started showing up on netbooks back in January. The silicon manufacturer listed their new partners in AppUp at IDF 2010 today, including the news that SEGA will be porting Mega Drive classics over and that Barnes & Noble will also be adopting the store.
Barnes & Noble has updated its NOOK ereader app range, with a new iPhone app (that also works on the iPod touch) together with rebranding their NOOK for PC and NOOK for iPad apps. The new NOOK for iPhone gets the same iPad customization, together with last-page-read sync across ebooks also being viewed on the PC, Android, iPad and iPhone apps, and access to the B&N eBookstore and digital library.
Barnes & Noble has put itself up for sale, potentially handing the company's nook ebook reader into the hands of rivals such as Amazon. The move is part of a broader strategy exploring ways to turn around its ailing share price; according to the WSJ's sources, a private equity company is most likely to pick up chain, but there's also the possibility that Amazon themselves could step in and use an acquisition to further bolster their ebook market share.
Amazon's third-generation Kindle models sold out in less than a week, but the company itself doesn't sound too surprised at the high demand. According to Ian Freed, VP in charge of the Kindle, 80-percent of ebooks they sell are to owners of physical Kindle hardware, and Amazon still reckons it has 70 to 80-percent of the ebook market, despite what rivals may claim.
Barnes & Noble has pushed out their promised NOOK app for Android, synchronizing ebook content across from the company's standalone ereader together with their existing software readers, together with allowing access to the B&N eBookstore. NOOK for Android - a free download from the Android Market or available at www.bn.com/nookforandroid also automatically takes you to the page you last read (though not if you're using the iPhone client).
Barnes & Noble's nook looks to be going through a further hardware tweaking, with a new version of the 3G/WiFi ereader showing up in the FCC database. The nook BNRZ100-01 - codenamed "CR Nook/Bravo Delta" - looks to be a minor revision of the original model (the BNRZ100), swapping out the 3G modem used for an updated version.
Barnes & Noble are pushing to get their nook dual-screen ereader into schools, with the announcement of NOOKstudy. A new, free digital content management app, NOOKstudy promises to take ebooks, digital class materials, textbooks and notes, and keep everything packaged neatly in one place. The app doesn't actually require a nook to be functional - though obviously B&N would rather you did buy one - since you can buy, download and read eTextbooks on the PC or Mac client itself.
Samsung's SNE-60 ereader continues to pop up across Europe, with its recent UK preorder debut followed by a pricey French launch. According to Actualitte, French retailer Carrefour will be offering the E-60 at its 228 stores across the country, though the price will make your eyes water: €329 ($411).
That's more than double what the Kindle and nook are currently selling for, even though Samsung have partnered with Barnes & Noble to access the same database of ebooks that are available on the nook. Retailer Carrefour aren't making any comment on provision for European readers as yet.