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Amazon continues shoveling dirt on Barnes & Noble’s grave

November 26th, 2013

Barnes & Noble remains in dire straits, which is no surprise. What does come as a shock is that the bookstore chain has abruptly decided not to split its retail operations from its star-crossed Nook division. The company has mulled over the split for 18 months, but opted not to pull the trigger. B&N is …

New Nook Announcement Rumor

Barnes & Noble rumored to announce new Nook on October 31st

October 29th, 2013

Amazon has cornered the eReader market with the Kindle: The company unveiled a few refreshed devices in September, just a month after reports indicated Amazon would sell $4.5 billion worth of eReaders this year. But the dark horse in the eReader race, Barnes & Noble, might be trying to make a comeback with an announcement of its …

Nook Price Drop Analysis

Nook’s death rattle

August 19th, 2013

Barnes & Noble has finally slashed the price of its moribund Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight to $99. The entire eBook reader industry received a fatal blow when Amazon launched its Kindle Fire, a fairly impressive tablet at $199. All eBooks on the market were simply priced too high to prevent consumers from being seduced by slightly more …

Barnes & Noble Nook Hardware

Barnes & Noble abandons Nook tablet hardware

June 25th, 2013

Barnes & Noble on Tuesday morning reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street’s consensus. Revenue was down 7.4% to $1.3 billion while the company doubled its net loss to -$118.6 million. Where Barnes & Noble’s Nook business is concerned, revenue fell 34% on-year to $108 million, resulting in a net loss of $177 million. …

Nook Simple Touch Browser Email

Can new tablet features save the Nook Simple Touch?

May 20th, 2013

When people buy an E Ink eReader instead of one of the many affordable tablets available on the market, they’re likely looking for a somewhat pure eBook reading experience. As Barnes & Noble’s Nook business continues to flounder, however, the book seller will soon bank on new tablet features to help boost interest in its …

Barnes & Noble Nook Warning Analysis

Did Barnes & Noble just kill off Nook?

February 25th, 2013

Barnes & Noble (BKS) issued two devastating warnings about Nook revenue performance over the past two months. On Sunday night, a New York Times article stated that a person familiar with Barnes & Noble’s strategy believes “the company must move away from its program to engineer and build its own devices and focus more on …

Nook Sales Analysis

Nook’s death spiral and Kindle’s triumph

February 14th, 2013

Companies very rarely warn twice in 40 days about the same problem. When it happens, it usually indicates that something so unexpected is taking place that executives just cannot wrap their minds around it. One example is HTC’s (2498) string of warnings last winter when its Android success story suddenly unraveled. Another is Barnes & …