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Barnes & Noble NOOK sales slump; pins hopes on GlowLight

Barnes & Noble NOOK sales slump; pins hopes on GlowLight

Barnes & Noble has reported its fiscal 2012 financial results, and it's bad news for NOOK as revenues from the digital ereader hardware business slump. While digital content sales grew year-on-year, up 65-percent for the most recent quarter, revenue from hardware sales dipped more than 10-percent. B&N says NOOK business sales overall were up in 2012 as a whole, but Q4 performance dived as retailers struggled to shift the ereaders.

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Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Nook wont be “entrenched” with Windows says B&N CEO

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has today all but confirmed that the Nook hardware will never carry Windows 8 or any version of Windows in the future. Speaking with Fortune Magazine, Lynch let it be known that the primary reason Barnes & Noble and Microsoft are pairing up is their ability to bring the Nook ebook software to "millions of screens and windows." The Nook ereader hardware, on the other hand, will continue to run the open-sourced software known as Android through the future.

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Choose Your Own Adventure books coming to iPad

Choose Your Own Adventure books coming to iPad

With the explosion of e-books lately, there is increasing dialogue about the emergence of books that users can interact with. There's an entire new class of digital books that contain links to websites, have embedded videos and dynamic content, and all sorts of other things that take advantage of the fact that these books are being presented on a digital device.

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NOOK Audio OE250 headphones make April Fool’s no joke

NOOK Audio OE250 headphones make April Fool’s no joke

It appears that what first appeared on the first of this month in the Barnes & Noble store archives has suddenly become a whole lot more real: NOOK headphones! These phones at the moment only have an image and a code-name attached to them, but the details can be gleaned relatively easily. What we're almost certainly looking at here is the book store's first step into the music sales business in a way that's not just hard-backed CD cases and audio books.

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Pottermore throws open Hogwarts doors to all

Pottermore throws open Hogwarts doors to all

JK Rowling's Harry Potter site, Pottermore, has fully opened its doors, adding social and interactive content around the boy-magician to the existing ebook offerings from last month. Announced last year, Pottermore is Rowling's attempt to extend the lifespan of the Harry Potter series beyond the original series of books, splitting readers into one of the four Hogwarts houses and then granting them access to specially-produced extra writing and other media.

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Pew’s 6 year top 7 Adult-owned gadgets pumps mobile

Pew’s 6 year top 7 Adult-owned gadgets pumps mobile

The analytics group Pew have done a study with a massive amount of people responding to one question: which gadgets do you own? Over the course of five years, 2006 up to 2012, their respondent gave a cross-section of gadget use which shows the amazing changes in adult (18 years of age or older) owners of gadgets over the past few years. The categories we've got here are cell phones, desktop computers, laptop computers, mp3 players, game consoles, e-book readers, and tablets - can you guess which one has the most clout?

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Apple responds to DOJ: accusations “simply not true”

Apple responds to DOJ: accusations “simply not true”

Apple has fired back at the Department of Justice over the allegations that it was price fixing ebooks with various publishers. Apple’s response is similar to MacMillan and Penguin, two of the publishers that are being targeted by the DOJ. Three other publishers have already decided to settle the case, breaking current contracts with Apple and having to renegotiate new ones.

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Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight Hands-on Wrap-up

Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight Hands-on Wrap-up

Barnes & Noble today revealed their next generation Nook in Nook Simple Touch form, this time with a brand new feature by the name of GlowLight. What we've got here is a $139 "Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight", perhaps the longest name in gadgets today, bringing the e-ink game to a new level of readability in the dark. Several publishers had their chance to take a hands-on look with this device in New York today, some of their more pointed opinions included here below.

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What the DoJ’s Apple antitrust means for ebook prices

What the DoJ’s Apple antitrust means for ebook prices

The work the Department of Justice is doing to take out what they see as a collusion on ebook pricing between publishers and Apple is meant, first and foremost, to create a fair market for consumers. As the DoJ finds the way that business is appearing to be done now to be illegal - with publishers setting prices for ebooks while the retailer takes a cut of the profit, things may make a flip in the very near future. Instead what the DoJ hopes to do is to keep the system in which the retailer sets the prices wherever they so choose, paying the publishers then a flat rate.

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US ebook price fixing suit settlement detailed

US ebook price fixing suit settlement detailed

Of the handful of massive publishers including Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan, Penguin, and Apple, several have agreed to settlement terms with the US government. Not wishing to carry the case any longer than they have to, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have agreed to file terms for a proposed settlement. This settlement will have them doing a list of actions to stay out of further litigation via the Department of Justice while the rest of the defendants continue the case. The Department of Justice aims to "ensure that e-books are affordable as possible" in this case by defending the law which prohibits conspiring by companies to keep prices on products artificially high.

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