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B&N NOOK hardware U-turn: new CEO teases “at least” one launch in 2013

B&N NOOK hardware U-turn: new CEO teases “at least” one launch in 2013

Barnes & Noble has backtracked on plans to axe internal development of new NOOK tablets, promising continued R&D into both black & white and color models, with at least one new NOOK for the holiday 2013 season. The about-face, announced during B&N's dreary quarterly results, comes after the company said back in June that it intended to focus on e-paper models itself and license out the NOOK HD brand for tablet-style versions to third party manufacturers instead. Now, B&N's new CEO Michael Huseby claims, that strategy was "interpreted incorrectly."

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NOOK tablets on death row as B&N shifts to third-party brand licensing

NOOK tablets on death row as B&N shifts to third-party brand licensing

Barnes & Noble saw NOOK sales plummet 34-percent in the last quarter, and will turn instead to licensing the NOOK brand to future ereading tablets so as to minimize its losses, the company has confirmed. B&N will continue to make the NOOK Simple Touch and Glowlight models in-house, but the eventual replacements to the NOOK HD and HD+ will be the handiwork of other companies, with NOOK branding simply applied later.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK app for PC and Mac discontinued

Barnes & Noble NOOK app for PC and Mac discontinued

Barnes & Noble's NOOK business has been mediocre at best, mostly due to stiff competition from Amazon and its Kindle business. In what looks to be an effort to put more focus on mobile devices and reading on the go, Barnes & Noble has quietly discontinued its native app for both Windows and Mac (except Windows 8, pictured below), redirecting users to the web app instead.

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Barnes & Noble slashes Nook HD and HD+ pricing for mom

Barnes & Noble slashes Nook HD and HD+ pricing for mom

Barnes & Noble has announced that it is cutting prices and some of its Nook digital readers in the United States just in time for Mother's Day. If your mom likes to read, you can get her a Nook HD or HD+ tablet at some of the best prices ever offered for one week only. The Nook HD tablet will be available for $149 and the HD+ will be available for $179.

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NOOK HD gains access to Google Play, apps required

NOOK HD gains access to Google Play, apps required

Starting this week, Barnes & Noble NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ devices will be receiving access to the official Google Play app and digital content store straight from the source. Where since the birth of the NOOK line of ereaders, each Android-based device worked specifically and only with the Barnes & Noble Shop for books and movies, users will now have the ability to access both Google apps and Google Music. There's only one catch - if you'd call it a catch, that is.

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B&N slashes NOOK in UK: Promo or firesale?

B&N slashes NOOK in UK: Promo or firesale?

Barnes & Noble has slashed the prices of its entire NOOK ereader range in the UK, including making its NOOK Simple Touch just £29 ($45), as part of what the company says is a temporary promotion. The discounting, which comes alongside a UK literacy push, means the Simple Touch is now the cheapest ereader on the UK market, B&N claims; its backlit NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight sibling is also reduced.

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