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Barnes & Noble to close 30% of stores within the decade [UPDATE]

Barnes & Noble to close 30% of stores within the decade [UPDATE]

If you still love shopping for books by hand at your local Barnes & Noble, enjoy it while you can, because the company has announced that its cutting its store force by 30% within 10 years, lowering the total number of bookstores for the company down to 450 to 500 stores in the US. Right now, the company operates just under 700 locations, with a separate store chain of 675 college-focused stores.

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Android Hardware Rundown: 2012

Android Hardware Rundown: 2012

2012 was quite a huge year for Android. We saw the jump from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and then to version 4.2. Ice Cream Sandwich was a solid operating system, but Jelly Bean made it even better, adding new features like Google Now, better notifications, and even Photo Sphere. However, the software was merely just a vehicle for the hardware to ride on -- the devices themselves were what really shined this year.

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The Day of the Cheap Ereaders

The Day of the Cheap Ereaders

Today is the day that you're going to want to purchase one of two ereaders if you've not already done so - and if you want one, of course: both the Nook Simple Touch and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD have had their prices slashed this morning. The oddest thing has happened - two of the biggest competitors in the ereader space have discounted one of their hero devices - imagine that! Of course the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is not even beginning to be the same sort of tablet as the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch when it comes down to it, but they're both on the cut - and in Amazon's case, just for today!

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Barnes and Noble Q2 earnings show digital content grind

Barnes and Noble Q2 earnings show digital content grind

This week Barnes & Noble has made the call on their financial second quarter, citing increased spending on their Nook division to keep pace with Amazon.com and Apple. The company made it clear that as the Nook accounts for 8.5 percent of their total revenue, it wasn't going away any time soon - meanwhile same-store in-store book sales dropped over Black Friday weekend - imagine that! Barnes & Noble also reported that quarterly sales of its high-margin digital periodicals and books went up significantly.

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NOOK apps for iOS and Android updated for UK debut

NOOK apps for iOS and Android updated for UK debut

Barnes & Noble's NOOK apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android have been updated, adding broader language support and arriving in the UK download stores for the first time. The new apps - v3.3 - add British English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish language features, along with iPhone 5 support and VoiceOver functionality with Apple's accessibility tools; there's also screen magnification on iOS devices.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review

The popular bookseller Barnes & Noble surely have a great pair of tablets on their hands, but they are rarely mentioned while talking about budget friendly tablets. With a strong focus on e-readers and digital content the Nook HD puts up a great fight against the competition. With the iPad mini selling like crazy, the Nexus 7 popular in the Android world, and the Kindle Fire HD does their new Nook HD stand on its own? Read on to find out our thoughts on this impressive 7-inch HD tablet that doubles as the perfect reader.

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B&N NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ arrive in UK

B&N NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ arrive in UK

Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets have gone on sale in the UK, taking on the iPad and iPad mini with competitive price tags. The two Android-based slates use B&N's latest customized version of the open-source OS, replacing the standard interface with a more multimedia-friendly version complete with hooks into the retailer's own stores for ebooks, magazines, apps, and - eventually - video.

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