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B&N pares back NOOK hardware team as ereader slumps [Update]

B&N pares back NOOK hardware team as ereader slumps [Update]

Barnes & Noble has made further cuts to its NOOK engineering division, taking a scythe to the hardware team responsible for its ereader in the aftermath of slumping holiday sales. Sales fell more than 60-percent over the 2013 holidays, B&N admitted last month, and has now confirmed that more staff losses have taken place, though it still insists it's committed to NOOK.

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Barnes & Noble Nook business slides significantly during holiday season

Barnes & Noble Nook business slides significantly during holiday season

Typically, the holiday shopping season is huge for most physical and online retailers. Amazon for instance racked up strong sales for its Kindle digital readers and tablets during the holiday season of 2013. Things didn’t go as well for competitor Barnes & Noble and its Nook line of readers and tablets.

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Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Here near the end of 2013 the comic adventure universe of Calvin & Hobbes has reached the digital realm at last, being presented as a set of ebooks for several platforms. While it's not entirely clear whether this is the doing of Bill Watterson himself or those that he'd battled for years over the rights to his own artwork, the results are in: three of the most over-produced treasury books of this century are now digital.

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Nook GlowLight unveiled with design overhaul and improved glow

Nook GlowLight unveiled with design overhaul and improved glow

It was a bit over a year ago that Barnes and Noble introduced its Simple Touch with GlowLight ereader, something that has become old news as of today as the company announced the Nook GlowLight -- no Simple Touch to be found. This ereader is said to be a complete redesign on all fronts, bringing readers both hardware changes and updates to the system's interface, as well as more seamless page flipping.

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Updated Nook for Windows 8.1 app launches

Updated Nook for Windows 8.1 app launches

Yesterday marked the official launch of Windows 8.1 as a downloadable product for users of the Windows operating system. Today the Windows 8.1 operating system will be available on DVD and on new computers and other products from retailers. The launch of Windows 8.1 has also brought with it a rash of updated applications specifically designed for Windows 8.1 operating system, such as the Facebook app from yesterday. Barnes & Noble has announced an updated Nook app for Windows 8.1.

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Nook HD and HD+ tablet pricing in the UK slashed

Nook HD and HD+ tablet pricing in the UK slashed

It's only been a couple months since the last time Barnes & Noble cut the price of its Nook HD and HD+ tablets in the UK. Back in early July, prices on the tablets were reduced in an attempt to spur sales. Apparently, Barnes & Noble didn't get the sales boost it had hoped for with its new tablet prices and as of today prices have been reduced again.

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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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Barnes & Noble NOOK Video app arrives on iOS, Android, and Roku

Barnes & Noble NOOK Video app arrives on iOS, Android, and Roku

Every big internet company has a movie and TV show store it seems, and Barnes & Noble certainly doesn't have a problem joining in on the already-saturated market. The company announced NOOK Video almost a year ago, and they're just now bringing the service to iOS, Android, and Roku streaming devices for free.

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B&N NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight replacement rumored amid cuts

B&N NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight replacement rumored amid cuts

Barnes & Noble has slashed the price of its NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight ereader, trimming the illuminated e-paper slate to under $100, and prompting speculation that a successor might be close at hand. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is now $99 through B&N's official store, down from the $119 the company had been charging for almost a year.

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NOOK HD gets another price slash as B&N tries to shed stock

NOOK HD gets another price slash as B&N tries to shed stock

Barnes & Noble has again slashed NOOK prices in the UK, following its admission last month that it is clearing stock of the ereading tablets after deciding to instead license out the brand in future rather than build its own models. The NOOK HD will be offered from £99 for the 8GB model (or £129 for the 16GB version), £30 cheaper than B&N's last promotion.

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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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