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Barnes and Noble nixing Nook store for users outside US and UK

Barnes and Noble nixing Nook store for users outside US and UK

After some troubling signs, Barnes and Noble has made it official: it’s going to be dropping many of its customers, namely those living outside of the United States and the United Kingdom. This concerns the Nook aspect of Barnes and Nobles’ business, and will be taking place early next month. It’s a somewhat surprising move, given that Barnes and Noble previously offered the Nook in 40 countries including most of Europe, Australia, and Canada. Now only those located in the US and the UK will get access beyond August 7.

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Nook sales down 55%, Barnes & Noble feeling the effect

Nook sales down 55%, Barnes & Noble feeling the effect

Splitting Nook from Barnes & Noble may not be a good idea for the digital branch after all. In releasing their fourth quarter earnings, Barnes & Noble showed an overall positive holiday quarter, but Nook is bringing them down. Nook revenue fell 55% over last year, casting doubt on which of Barnes & Noble’s two halves (physical or digital) is really failing. Nook’s earnings count digital devices, eBooks and accessories. That includes the Samsung Nook, which was meant to resurrect the brand with regard to hardware.

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Barnes & Noble buys back the Nook it sold

Barnes & Noble buys back the Nook it sold

This week the folks at Barnes & Noble announced that they'd be buying back the shares of Nook they'd sold over the past several years. This began with an October 2012 investment by Microsoft of $300 million dollars to create Nook Media LLC. Two months later, British education and publishing company Pearson purchased a stake in Nook for $89.5 million. Both companies have now sold their shares back to Barnes & Noble, and Barnes & Noble once again owns 100% of the ereader brand they created in the first place.

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Barnes & Noble ends Nook deal with Microsoft

Barnes & Noble ends Nook deal with Microsoft

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have officially parted ways on the Nook. The digital reader turned tablet saw an investment from Microsoft in 2012 to the tune of $300 million. At the time, the cash gave Microsoft an 18% stake in Nook. In an SEC filing, Barnes & Noble acknowledges they will buy back Microsoft’s interest in Nook, with the goal making it a standalone business, and likely wholly owned by Barnes & Noble. The book retailer has previously noted they would look to spin Nook off from the company.

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NOOK Audiobooks released to make Android speak

NOOK Audiobooks released to make Android speak

This morning Barnes & Noble's NOOK family expanded with an app that'll turn the audio on with books. The NOOK Audiobooks App is the first "no-commitment" app from Barnes & Noble to offer audiobooks for both Android smartphones and tablets - that means no subscription costs or anything - and it'll be released by the ned of this week. This release will not be limited to any one brand of Android smartphone or tablet, while Barnes & Noble will continue to offer their Samsung Galaxy Tab NOOK devices through the future.

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Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

Samsung's latest Nook-branded iteration on its Android tablet line-up has been announced, with Barnes & Noble putting the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 up for sale in-store. Following the existing 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, released back in August, the new version has - unsurprisingly - a bigger, 10.1-inch HD display, but also introduces a new Nook Software update which improves the UI, as well as promising a better overall shopping experience. Existing Samsung Nook tablet owners shouldn't worry, however, as Samsung has something for them, too.

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OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

Nook and OverDrive have partnered up to bring newspapers and magazines in digital form to public libraries utilizing the latter company's platform. The expansion in content will be available to OverDrive users in both the United States and the United Kingdom, says the companies, though the new digital wares won't start rolling out for an unspecified number of months. Because it is being offered through the OverDrive platform, the additional content will be free for users to download. We've got the rest of the details after the jump.

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B&N borrows Amazon’s playbook for Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser

B&N borrows Amazon’s playbook for Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser

Barnes & Noble wants you to know that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet is enough to get existing Nook owners excited; whether that's enough to turn the company's struggling ebook fortunes around remains to be seen. Samsung outed the new slate - which it designed itself, but which bears B&N's Nook branding - back in June, and now the bookseller is trying to build the prelaunch hype, taking a page out of Amazon's book in the process.

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