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Barnes & Noble's e-book technology, Nook, appears to be in trouble. Following the company's closure of the UK Nook store, as well as the Nook App Store in March, Barnes & Noble in an attempt to further cut costs has entered into an agreement to shift "certain Nook technology services, including cloud management and development support for Nook software" to Bahwan CyberTek, an Indian outsourcing firm.
Barnes & Noble today announced the new Nook GlowLight Plus, the Company's first waterproof and dustproof device. In addition to IP67-certified hazard-proofing and a new metal case, the battery in the refreshed E-Ink device lasts for up to six weeks on a single charge.
While Barns & Noble posted a "core comparable sales increase" of 1.7 percent for its 2014 holiday sales results yesterday, the numbers for the Nook e-reader segment dropped 55.4 percent from the prior year. The drop marks an all-time low for the device during the all-important nine weeks that make up the holiday shopping season, reflecting a drop in both unit sales and associated content buying.
The commercial agreement between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble is ending, the retailer has revealed. The termination of the two-year partnership is said in the latest quarterly earnings report for the book retailer to help "further rationalize the Nook business and provide a clearer path for the potential separation of our retail and Nook Media business.
Samsung is continuing to produce devices under its Nook agreement with Barnes & Noble, by launching its second co-branded tablet in time for the holidays. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 follows the same pattern as laid out by the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, in using effectively the same hardware as the standard Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, but combined with Nook software.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble has released its first co-branded tablet, as the retailer migrates away from hardware production and into partnering with other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Tab 4 tablet, though while the hardware is the same as the original device, the software has been customized with some Nook-specific changes, including access to the Nook store.
Barnes & Noble is splitting its business in two, separating its book retail business from Nook Media, the company has announced. Two separate public companies will be created, with one set to contain the Nook tablet and e-reader side of the business, and Barnes & Noble hopes to complete all the necessary steps for separation by the end of the first quarter of next year.
Barnes & Noble is partnering with Samsung to create a range of co-branded tablets. The product line, named the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, combines Samsung's existing hardware range with customized Nook software, with the first seven-inch device set to go on sale in the United States in early August through Barnes & Noble bookstores.
The relationship between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft seems to be changing after an 8-K SEC filing from March 10 was discovered, showing a change in the agreement between the two companies. The book store giant will be allowed to halt development of the Nook Windows app in lieu of working with Microsoft on a project dubbed "Microsoft Consumer Reader" according to the filing. This comes after Microsoft had reportedly considered buying parts of the Nook Media for $1 billion last year.
Barnes & Noble has launched a new flagship e-reader to compete with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. The Nook GlowLight does more than remove the Simple Touch element from its name, by adding a new lighter color scheme and design reminiscent of the Nook HD, as well as a silicone trim for comfort and to help protect it from drops.