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NOOK Tablet 8GB official for $199

NOOK Tablet 8GB official for $199

Barnes & Noble has officially confirmed the new NOOK Tablet 8GB, a $199 version of the existing NOOK Tablet that brings the 7-inch ereader-slate down to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire. Meanwhile, the ebook retailer has also slashed the price of the NOOK Color, bringing it down to $169. The new NOOK Tablet 8GB has the same 1GHz dual-core processor of the original, together with a battery rated for 11.5hrs of ebook reading.

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Cheaper NOOK Tablet 8GB tipped for Wednesday

Cheaper NOOK Tablet 8GB tipped for Wednesday

Barnes & Noble is reportedly readying a cheaper version of its NOOK Tablet for launch this week, with the 7-inch ereader/slate dropping onboard storage so as to shave away at its price. The new 8GB variant will be officially unveiled on Wednesday, February 22, according to internal Walmart documentation shared with The Verge, though there's no indication of quite how much cheaper than the existing $249 NOOK Tablet the new entry-level version will be.

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Barnes & Noble claims against Microsoft apparently tossed out ahead of trial

Barnes & Noble claims against Microsoft apparently tossed out ahead of trial

In November of last year, Barnes & Noble called for a US investigation of Microsoft over the use of Android patents. The call for investigation had to do with patent licensing fees for Android and kicked off shortly after Barnes & Noble entered the Android market with the Nook Tablet. Barnes & Noble decided to go at Microsoft with a patent misuse defense. Barnes & Noble didn't make it to court with that claim, an ITC judge has seemingly thrown those claims out before an evidentiary trial even started.

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New Nook Reader Tipped for Spring

New Nook Reader Tipped for Spring

The New York Times tipped that a new eReader from Barnes & Noble is currently in the midst of getting its final touches. The new eReader from Barnes & Noble will be the fifth in its line of digital reading devices called the Nook. The details of the eReader are scant, but what we do know is that it is set to launch sometime this spring.

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B&N confirms NOOK business split being explored

B&N confirms NOOK business split being explored

Barnes & Noble has confirmed it is exploring splitting off its NOOK ereader/tablet business, investigating whether it could "unlock the value" of the ereader platform by running it as a separate endeavor. Rumored yesterday, such a move would see B&N's publishing business separated from its traditional retail arm. However, the company also admits it "over-estimated" how many monochrome NOOK Simple Touch models it would sell over the holiday period.

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Barnes & Noble looking to sell publishing division

Barnes & Noble looking to sell publishing division

In a turn of events, Bookseller Barnes & Noble is apparently considering selling off its publishing division, Sterling Publishing, revealed by a leak today by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal said that B&N was in a search for possible customers, in hoping to focus more on their Nook product line and its core retail business. The bookshop has been publishing some of its own content since the 1970s, but only recently acquired Sterling in 2003 for approximately $115 million.

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Nook Tablet and Color get new official apps

Nook Tablet and Color get new official apps

Not long ago Barnes & Noble issued a firmware update that blocked the ability for users of their Nook Color and Tablet to load unofficial apps onto the devices. That was a bummer for sure. I'm not sure if this will make up for it to many users of the devices, but B&N has announced that it has some new official apps to add to the mix for the Nook Tablet and Color.

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7-inch Tablet demand surges as iPad 3 specter looms

7-inch Tablet demand surges as iPad 3 specter looms

Strong sales of 7-inch slates like Barnes & Noble's NOOK Tablet, along with waning Apple orders of 9.7-inch iPad displays, has seen the smaller form-factor pull into the lead in Q4 2011 according to supply chain sources. Volumes of 7-inch panel orders in November have already exceed those of 9.7-inch screens, DigiTimes' insiders tell them, though Apple is already believed to be reducing its supply of 1024 x 768 displays ahead of a higher resolution panel in the iPad 3.

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B&N NOOK Tablet firmware update blocks app sideloading

B&N NOOK Tablet firmware update blocks app sideloading

Barnes & Noble has slammed shut the loophole allowing NOOK Tablet owners to install third-party apps, pushing out a new firmware update - v1.4.1 - that closes the door on all but the retailer's own, approved software. Described as making "minor system enhancements" to the Android-based ereader by B&N itself, the software significantly limits the general usefulness of the NOOK Tablet for those wanting to do more than basic reading and browsing.

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