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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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DC digital comic books now available for iOS, Kindle, and NOOK devices

DC digital comic books now available for iOS, Kindle, and NOOK devices

DC Comics has announced that it will be offering its comic books on a variety of digital platforms, including Apple's iBooks, Amazon's Kindle, and Barnes & Noble's NOOK ereaders and tablets. Of course, DC Comics has been selling graphic novels in digital form for quite some time, but this is the first time that DC is officially releasing new content on a weekly basis to various big digital platforms.

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Microsoft joins Barnes & Noble for NOOK Media LLC subsidiary

Microsoft joins Barnes & Noble for NOOK Media LLC subsidiary

With Microsoft bringing on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 later this month, it's no wonder why they're looking to team up with as many partners as possible for the launch - and it appears that Barnes & Noble is next on the list. Today Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have announced a new joint venture - a subsidiary, even - called NOOK MEDIA LLC. This group will include Barnes & Noble's NOOK Digital and College Businesses and the Microsoft Investment to Advance Digital Reading Experience group.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 2, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 2, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. The afternoon brought us a number of interesting stories, including brand new shots of what appears to be the long-rumored iPad Mini. Speaking of devices with the word "Mini" in their name, some are thinking that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S III Mini next week after German press invitations suggested something along those lines. iOS 6 adoption has hit 60% of Apple's user base, and we found out today that Motorola has dropped its ITC lawsuit against Apple, but we don't why just yet.

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