Barnes & Noble launching Nook Video service, but where’s Microsoft?

Barnes & Noble will launch its own digital video store for its Nook devices, attempting to compete more effectively against Amazon’s Kindle lineup. The new Nook Video service will launch this fall with content licensed from studios and content providers including HBO, Sony, Starz, Viacom and Warner Bros., the book retailer announced this morning. Interesting… Read More


Discount time: Nook, iPhone join Kindle in price cuts

Summer must be ending soon. Not only are the daylight hours shrinking, but so are the prices on many soon-to-be-out-of-date consumer electronics devices in the buildup to the launch of new products. Barnes & Noble this morning joined in the pre-fall price-cutting trend by dropping the starting price of the Nook Tablet to $179 and… Read More

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B&N unveils Nook for Web; 7-inch Nook rumored for fall

Today, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook for Web, giving users access to B&N’s Nook store via any PC or Mac. The free access means users can browse titles and start reading without downloading software or signing up for an account.  The book seller said that additional Nook browsing capabilities will be coming this fall… Read More


Barnes & Noble not part of Microsoft’s mystery event

Barnes & Noble is not participating in Microsoft’s big announcement this afternoon in Los Angeles, we’ve been able to confirm — verifying a report this morning by Dow Jones Newswires, as noted by Business Insider. At least for today, this appears to throw cold water on the theory that the bookseller will be teaming up… Read More


Report: Target to dump Kindle

This could get very interesting, especially in light of the new alliance between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. The Verge reports today — citing an unnamed source and an internal Target memo — that the giant retailer will stop selling the Kindle due to “conflict of interest.” There certainly seems to be some legs to this… Read More

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Microsoft vs. Amazon? Plot thickens with Barnes & Noble pact

Issues of competition and cooperation are never simple in the technology industry, but Microsoft’s surprise $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble’s new Nook subsidiary this morning puts Amazon further into the category of rival when it comes to its neighbor on the other side of Lake Washington. Barnes & Noble and Microsoft aren’t giving… Read More

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Report: Barnes & Noble plans 8GB Nook Tablet, trying to douse Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble’s CEO previously criticized the 8GB of storage available on Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire as “deficient for a media tablet” — seeking to justify the additional $50 for Barnes & Noble’s 16GB Nook Tablet. Well, it looks like the bookseller may be changing its approach. The Verge has documentation from Wal-Mart showing that Barnes… Read More

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Judge: Microsoft’s Android tactics were ‘hard bargaining,’ not patent misuse

We learned a couple weeks ago that Barnes & Noble lost a key preliminary decision to Microsoft in their patent dispute. A new court filing explains the judge’s reasoning, and sheds light on some of the legal issues behind Microsoft’s effort to collect patent royalties from Android device makers. Theodore Essex, administrative law judge for the International Trade… Read More


Microsoft vs. Barnes & Noble: Here are the 3 patents they’ll be fighting over this week

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble will go to trial this week at the International Trade Commission in a closely watched test of Microsoft’s claims that Google’s Android operating system violates its patents. At issue are technologies used in Barnes & Noble’s Android-based Nook Color, Simple Touch Reader and Nook Tablet devices. Barring a settlement, the… Read More


Barnes & Noble won’t sell Amazon books in stores, says rival undermines industry

The rivalry between Barnes & Noble and escalated sharply this afternoon as B&N lashed out against Amazon’s push for exclusive digital book deals with publishers and authors — saying that the practice undermines the industry — and said that its physical retail stores won’t stock books published by’s fledgling publishing division. Barnes &… Read More


From e-book to bookstore: Amazon and Houghton Mifflin strike new distribution deal is increasingly expanding into the business of book publishing, and it has some formidable distribution mechanisms in the form of its own e-commerce site and Kindle devices. But what about people who prefer to pick up the ink-and-pulp versions in the local bookstore? Amazon Publishing’s East Coast Group this week announced a new licensing agreement with… Read More

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Barnes & Noble ponders spinning off Nook e-reader business

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Barnes & Noble was looking to sell its book publishing arm. Today, the company announced that it was exploring the possible spin off of its popular Nook electronic reader business. “In order to capitalize on the rapid growth of the Nook digital business, and its favorable leadership position in… Read More


Rematch: David Boies vs. Microsoft in Android case

Well, this should be interesting. David Boies, the lawyer who represented the U.S. Justice Department in its landmark antitrust case against Microsoft, has been retained by Barnes & Noble in its patent battle with the Redmond company over the use of Android in the Nook e-reader. The news was made public in a filing this… Read More


Barnes & Noble’s 29-page slide deck calls B.S. on Microsoft’s Android patent campaign

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Is this PowerPoint’s Revenge? A 29-page slide deck – made public this week in Microsoft’s patent lawsuit against Barnes & Noble — outlines, in great detail, the bookseller’s objections to the software company’s campaign to collect patent licensing fees from Android device makers. According to the cover page, the presentation was given by Barnes & Noble’s… Read More