"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.
Rumors that Barnes & Noble plan to launch a color tablet ereader look even more likely, with the discovery that the bookseller has registered nookcolor.com. The domain name suggests that the upcoming device will indeed be called the Nook Color; it's also tipped to have a 7-inch display, run Android and be priced at a mere $249.
Barnes & Noble has an announcement to make this coming Tuesday, October 26th. And, while the venue may suggest that it's not going to be a big announcement, a source speaking with CNET claims differently. In fact, the source's suggestion is that Barnes & Noble is getting ready to unveil a brand new eReader, named the nook Color. And, aptly so, considering this new eReader will supposedly feature not only a color display, but also a touchscreen.
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.