"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.
Rumors that Barnes & Noble plan to launch a color tablet ereader look even more likely, with the discovery that the bookseller has registered nookcolor.com. The domain name suggests that the upcoming device will indeed be called the Nook Color; it's also tipped to have a 7-inch display, run Android and be priced at a mere $249.
Barnes & Noble has an announcement to make this coming Tuesday, October 26th. And, while the venue may suggest that it's not going to be a big announcement, a source speaking with CNET claims differently. In fact, the source's suggestion is that Barnes & Noble is getting ready to unveil a brand new eReader, named the nook Color. And, aptly so, considering this new eReader will supposedly feature not only a color display, but also a touchscreen.
Barnes & Noble announced back in July the new NOOKstudy platform that would allow students to access a massive library of digital textbooks from a PC or Mac that they can use to study with from anywhere. At the time, we didn’t know exactly when the new service would launch with the only hint being a date of "this fall."
If you are the proud owner of a Kindle 2 or the Barnes & Noble Nook eReader you probably have wanted to use the thing in the dark to read. The downside to any reader with an eInk display is that the screen isn't backlit so if you want to read in the dark, you need a light of some sort.
Barnes & Noble has updated its NOOK ereader app range, with a new iPhone app (that also works on the iPod touch) together with rebranding their NOOK for PC and NOOK for iPad apps. The new NOOK for iPhone gets the same iPad customization, together with last-page-read sync across ebooks also being viewed on the PC, Android, iPad and iPhone apps, and access to the B&N eBookstore and digital library.
Barnes & Noble has put itself up for sale, potentially handing the company's nook ebook reader into the hands of rivals such as Amazon. The move is part of a broader strategy exploring ways to turn around its ailing share price; according to the WSJ's sources, a private equity company is most likely to pick up chain, but there's also the possibility that Amazon themselves could step in and use an acquisition to further bolster their ebook market share.
Barnes & Noble has pushed out their promised NOOK app for Android, synchronizing ebook content across from the company's standalone ereader together with their existing software readers, together with allowing access to the B&N eBookstore. NOOK for Android - a free download from the Android Market or available at www.bn.com/nookforandroid also automatically takes you to the page you last read (though not if you're using the iPhone client).
Barnes & Noble's nook looks to be going through a further hardware tweaking, with a new version of the 3G/WiFi ereader showing up in the FCC database. The nook BNRZ100-01 - codenamed "CR Nook/Bravo Delta" - looks to be a minor revision of the original model (the BNRZ100), swapping out the 3G modem used for an updated version.
Barnes & Noble are pushing to get their nook dual-screen ereader into schools, with the announcement of NOOKstudy. A new, free digital content management app, NOOKstudy promises to take ebooks, digital class materials, textbooks and notes, and keep everything packaged neatly in one place. The app doesn't actually require a nook to be functional - though obviously B&N would rather you did buy one - since you can buy, download and read eTextbooks on the PC or Mac client itself.