May 6, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble knows it's not winning the tablet race by any margin, but the book retailer is hoping for a big boost for Mother's Day. The company is discounting its 9-inch screen Nook HD+ tablet by $90 , down from $269 to $179. Barnes & Noble is also discounting the Nook HD by $50 from $199 to $149. The Nook HD has a smaller 7-inch screen with a lower resolution than the screen on the Nook HD+. But besides discounts, Barnes & Noble is also making efforts to improve the products to spur sales.
March 7, 2013 |
In a bid to spur sales of its struggling Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble Inc. struck deals with major Hollywood studios that will make more movies and television shows available on the device. Barnes & Noble's Nook Media subsidiary reached licensing deals with Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media and others that will deliver thousands of additional videos to the service, including such hit films as "The Hunger Games," the "Twilight" movies, "Flight" and "Paranormal Activity 4" and television shows such as "Mad Men. " "Nook is one of a growing spectrum of new digital buyers for our films and TV content and illustrates the breadth and depth of opportunities for monetizing our content across a broad array of platforms," Thomas Hughes, Lionsgate's senior vice president of digital, said in a statement.
March 6, 2013 |
Reggae musician Ziggy Marley is planning to launch his first children's book, "I Love You Too," with signings, readings and acoustic concerts at the Americana at Brand and the Grove . The first event is a concert and reading at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kids Club at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, followed by a book signing at the shopping center's Barnes & Noble at 1 p.m. The second concert and reading is scheduled at...
February 28, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble said sales at its Nook e-reader and digital-book unit, often touted as the company's best hope for the future, tanked 26% during the crucial holiday quarter as the bookstore giant experienced weakness across all its categories. A decline in the number of Nook devices sold during the company's fiscal third quarter, which ended Jan. 26, compelled Barnes & Noble on Thursday to announce a cost reduction program in the division as well as plans to cut e-reader prices. Barnes & Noble owns 78% of the Nook unit, with Microsoft and Pearson.
February 25, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble Inc. Chairman Leonard Riggio is hoping to buy out the struggling retail side of the bookstore business he bought some 40 years ago as digital advances and online competition threaten the chain's growth. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Riggio said he plans to make an offer for Barnes & Noble Booksellers and barnesandnoble.com. The proposal will exclude the separate unit the company created this fall to deal with its Nook e-reader and college bookstores efforts.
February 6, 2013 |
Yesterday, I reported here on a number of literary voices lamenting the store closures announced by the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble. But perhaps this is a case of: “The bookstore is dead! Long live the bookstore!” The idea of selling books from your own shop is a romantic one, and it's gripped the otherwise sane mind of many a book lover. Over in Riverside, one such avid reader recently celebrated her new bookstore's third month in business. Linda Sherman-Nurick opened the 1,745-square-foot store Cellar Door Books under a vine-filled trellis in Riverside's Canyon Crest Town Center on Oct. 26. It's “Riverside's Independent Bookstore,” as her advertising proudly announces.
February 5, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble isn't near dead, but a lot of writers are lining up to lament its passing. They say the chain's demise would be a blow to books, especially in suburban America. Last week, Barnes & Noble announced that it would close about 20 stores each year over the next decade, leaving at least 450 stores (before the Great Recession struck, the chain had 726). Suddenly, the book behemoth, once seen as responsible (with its vanquished foe, Borders) for the demise of many an independent bookstore, is being celebrated for its contribution to book culture.
January 28, 2013 |
Big box bookstores such as Barnes & Noble were once considered a major threat to the health of the book-selling industry, offering discounts, massive selections and lattes that independent bookstores could not. Now things have changed: Barnes & Noble is the last national bookstore chain standing, and it's getting smaller ... and smaller ... and smaller. In 2008, Barnes & Noble had 726 stores. It currently has 689 stores and in 10 years, it plans to have just 450 to 500. That's what Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Nobkle's retail group, told the Wall Street Journal.
January 28, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group. That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
January 22, 2013 |
The literary website the Millions is getting into the e-book business: Starting Tuesday, it will publish e-books that are available on Amazon.com, in Apple's iBookstore and at Barnes & Noble. While its website is about books, authors and publishing, its e-books will move into other realms. The Millions' debut is "Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame and the History of the Worst Thing Ever" by Mark O'Connell. It's a long essay that begins with the botched Jesus fresco repair that looked like a monkey, moves to Susan Sontag's "On Camp" and goes on from there.