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Pearson to invest $89.5m in Barnes & Noble NOOK business

Pearson to invest $89.5m in Barnes & Noble NOOK business

Barnes & Noble announced today that Pearson, a British publisher and education company, will be investing $89.5 million in Barnes & Noble‘s NOOK business for a 5% stake, valuing the business at $1.79 billion, which is up from $1.7 billion earlier this spring. Barnes & Noble will own 78.2% of its NOOK business after this is all said and done.

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Pew Research and NPD suggest tablets replacing e-readers and traditional print

Pew Research and NPD suggest tablets replacing e-readers and traditional print

According to NPD analyst Stephen Baker, it's "the beginning of the end" for traditional e-readers, and according to Pew Research's most recent findings, it's full-color tablets that are replacing the segment - with traditional print dying out as well. According to Pew's newest survey, 23% of Americans ages 16 and older say they've read a real e-book over the past 12 months, this number jumping 16% compared to last year. This number becomes especially significant given their finding that number of people (16 and up) that read a printed book in the same amount of time fell 5% year-over-year.

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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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txtr beagle announced as world’s smallest ereader

txtr beagle announced as world’s smallest ereader

Amazon's Kindle series, as well as Barnes & Noble's own line of NOOK ereaders offer consumers a small and portable offering that makes it easy to read on the go. However, if you're still looking for something even smaller, a company called txtr thinks they can deliver that to you with their new beagle 5-inch ereader.

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New Kobo e-reader line launches

New Kobo e-reader line launches

There are a number of e-readers on the market today from various manufacturers. The Kobo line has been around for a while and was purchased by a Japanese company called Rakuten in November of 2011. The company has added three new devices to its line of digital readers in the Kobo series.

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Nook heads to UK to convert e-reading nation

Nook heads to UK to convert e-reading nation

It's time for Barnes and Noble to make an effort to cross the sea as their Nook lineup is ready and willing to spread across the entirety of the UK this summer. The company has been working with a variety of UK retailers and has struck a collection of deals to stock several models of the Nook e-reader tablet lineup this Fall. Starting in mid-October the Nook Simple Touch as well as the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight will be popping up both online and in physical shops across the nation.

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Amazon clearing tablet inventory

Amazon clearing tablet inventory

It appears that Amazon may be feeling the heat of the Nexus 7 wave - or perhaps even the oncoming Apple iPad mini - as they place essentially their entire Kindle collection on sale for back-to-school. Though many of the sales have halted here on the morning after a super-sale weekend, Amazon did have the Kindle DX up for 29% off (that's $110!) and cases, speaker docks, sleeves of all kinds, and more. This could mean several things, but what we're banking on is this: a whole new model - or models - coming on quick.

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Next-gen E-Ink Kindle could get illuminated screen

Next-gen E-Ink Kindle could get illuminated screen

Amazon's next-gen e-ink Kindle may come with a front-lit screen, according to TechCrunch, which claims to have caught a glimpse of an early prototype. The e-ink display offers a more comfortable paper-like reading experience, but like paper it can only be read during the day or in well-lit conditions.

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Harry Potter series now available as ebooks

Harry Potter series now available as ebooks

If you’ve been wanting to read the Harry Potter novels on a Kindle or mobile device, then so far you’ve been out of luck. J. K. Rowling last year that ebooks of the Potter series would be available via Pottermore, promising an October launch for the service. While it didn’t make that date, it has officially launched today.

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Kobo’s $315 million acquisition by Rakuten closes

Kobo’s $315 million acquisition by Rakuten closes

The $315 million acquisition of Kobo by Japan's Rakuten, announced back in November, has now successfully closed. All outstanding shares of Kobo owned by founding company Indigo Books & Music will go to Rakuten, while Kobo's management team will remain with the company and stay headquartered in Toronto.

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Barnes & Noble Q2 earnings reveal Nook Tablet as its fastest selling device

Barnes & Noble Q2 earnings reveal Nook Tablet as its fastest selling device

Barnes & Noble issued its fiscal Q2 2012 earnings report today, revealing its Nook line of products to be a $220 million business, while its latest Nook Tablet has become the company's fastest selling device to date. However, even with the success of its Nook sales, the company overall faced a net loss of $6.6 million this past quarter.

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Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

The Kobo e-reader, which currently competes with Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook, may be getting a boost soon with new backing from Japan's version of Amazon, a large e-commerce operator called Rakuten. The Japanese company is purchasing Kobo for $315 million and intends to rapidly grow its user base around the world.

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