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NOOK Tablet 7″ challenges Amazon’s cheapest Kindle

NOOK Tablet 7″ challenges Amazon’s cheapest Kindle

Barnes & Noble has introduced a new NOOK tablet to take on Amazon's cheapest Kindle offering. The item, much like the most basic Kindle Fire, is priced at $49.99 USD and features a 7-inch display. B&N says the new offering is a full tablet in the grandest sense of the word, including access to the Google Play Store and all the Android apps on it. That may make it more appealing than the Kindle Fire, which provides access to Amazon's Appstore.

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New Nook on the way from Barnes & Noble, possibly with Google Play support

New Nook on the way from Barnes & Noble, possibly with Google Play support

It's been some time since we've heard about a new Nook e-reader device. That's because book retailer Barnes & Noble stopped making the tablet directly, instead licensing the brand to other manufacturers, such as Samsung. It appears that Barnes & Noble is going to take another stab at it, however, as an FCC listing has recently been discovered for the new Nook Tablet 7.

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Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab A NOOK launched: 7 inches, no S Pen

Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab A NOOK launched: 7 inches, no S Pen

The venerable Barnes & Noble may have already thrown in the towel as far as its own NOOK-branded e-ink readers are concerned. Instead, it has partnered with Samsung to put out a NOOK by Samsung line of Android tablets that double as ebook readers as well, not unlike Amazon's Fire tablets, but, well, made by Samsung. The latest fruit of this partnership is a Galaxy Tab A NOOK, based on the more recent 7-inch model introduced by Samsung a few months ago. An entry-level, budget tablet by nature, what this tablet lacks in hardware features, it makes up for in the richness and diversity of content.

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Nook GlowLight Plus is waterproof and has a 300ppi display

Nook GlowLight Plus is waterproof and has a 300ppi display

Barnes & Noble has just announced a new Nook, that e-reader brand that we sometimes forget still exists. The new model is the Nook GlowLight Plus, a follow-up to the original GlowLight, and while it might seem irrelevant these days, it has a neat feature that just might make it the perfect fit for some readers: it's waterproof. That's right, there's finally an e-reader that users can take into the bathtub without fear.

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Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK launched

Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK launched

Barnes & Noble has launched a new NOOK reading device, but it’s not the kind you might expect — rather than offering an e-ink display and dedicated reading functionality, the new NOOK comes from Samsung, and by all accounts is a sleek powerhouse of a tablet. It comes with a big price tag (relatively speaking) to match, but gives readers the option to browse magazines in full color and play with entertainment apps.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK revealed

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK revealed

This week the folks at Barnes & Noble have revealed their own version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. This version of the device works with NOOK inside. Barnes & Noble will be delivering the 8.0-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy S2 NOOK, rolling out with the same 8-inch display as the non-NOOK edition, this time coming to Barnes & Noble stores exclusively with NOOK software inside and NOOK branding on its outside casing.

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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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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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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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