Barnes & Noble planning new eReader for May 24th launch

By on May 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM.

Barnes & Noble planning new eReader for May 24th launch

According to a recent filing with the SEC, Barnes and Noble is planning to launch a new eReader later this month. During a meeting with analysts and investors, the big-box and online bookstore said “it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch of a new eReader device.” It’s unclear if the new eReader will carry the NOOK moniker, but if Barnes & Noble is reworking the Nook Color – already powered by Android – we suspect it will have more powerful hardware and perhaps Android 3.0, which is designed for tablets. Late last year, Barnes & Noble went on the record saying that since the introduction of its NOOK eReaders, it began selling more digital books than physical books. With an even more robust device, B&N may be able to break into the tablet market, too. More →

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Color updated with Android 2.2, NOOK Apps

By on April 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color updated with Android 2.2, NOOK Apps

On Monday, Barnes & Noble announced that it will be updating the NOOK Color eReader with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a number of other enhancements. The software patch — which will deliver Adobe Flash Player support – adds a NOOK Friends beta social network for sharing books, 15 new NOOK Kids Read and Play books, NOOK Email, NOOK Books Enhanced with embedded video and audio, and NOOK Newsstand for quick access to magazines and newspapers. A new NOOK Apps store will provide access to more than 125 applications, many of which are free or are priced below the $2.99 price point. The update, officially known as NOOK Color v1.2, is available now for free. NOOK Color owners can visit http://www.nookcolor.com/update to apply it now, or you can wait for an over-the-air update to roll out over the coming weeks. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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eBook sales jump 115% in January

By on March 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM.

eBook sales jump 115% in January

The Association of American Publishers said Thursday that eBook sales for the month of January were up 115% from the same period last year. No surprise there, given that you can read them on most any mobile device these days, not just eReaders. Net sales of eBooks were $69.9 million during the month, up from $32.4 million in January 2010. On the other side of the coin, sales of paperback books were down 30% year-over-year, and sales of adult hardcover books dropped to $49.1 million in January 2011 from $55.4 million during January 2010. It doesn’t look like overpriced textbooks are going anywhere, as the higher education sector wasn’t hit as hard. Higher education sales were $382 million this January, down from $387.6 million reported in the same month in 2010. More →

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