Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Barnes & Noble in troubled waters

“It’s really scary for me that I covered the bankruptcy of a major book chain last year, and I’m kind of wondering if I might be doing the same thing next … Continue reading

March 5, 2013

Santa wasn’t so good to B&N this year

It was a tough break for Barnes & Noble this holiday season. The Nook side of the business was down 12.6 percent compared to last year’s figures—a disappointing number, particularly … Continue reading

January 10, 2013

Musings from a recent B&N visit: Print or digital?

This past week, I visited my local Barnes & Noble for the first time in, well, longer than I should probably admit. I confess, I am a heavy ebook reader. … Continue reading

December 3, 2012

Apps on ereaders: Does anyone use them?

I am extremely curious to hear whether you Appazoogle readers use apps on your ereader and tablet devices. (Unless you have an iPad. That’s a whole different story.) Because I … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

The NOOK gets street smart

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of detective cartoons. I particularly enjoyed following the adventures of Inspector Gadget and his younger and more astute sidekick, Penny. … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

The odd couple: ABA and B&N join forces to protest agency model settlement

It’s often said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Apparently this is also true when the government involves itself in the book industry: Last week, the American Booksellers Association and Barnes & Noble … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

B&N and Microsoft: the newest alliance of Bibliotech Land

On April 30, 2012, a press release echoed through the skies of the publishing world like a choir of angels, piercing through the miasma of gloom felt by many in … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

The mysterious specter that is Nook Audio

“Let him not quit his belief that a popgun is a popgun, though the ancient and honorable of the earth affirm it to be the crack of doom.” ~ Ralph Waldo … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Why Amazon Publishing gives literary agents pause

These days, Amazon is pretty much the poster child for what happens when you insist on having your fancy cake and eating it, too. Back in January, Amazon Publishing entered … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

E pluribus EPub?

Joe Wikert, whose digital publishing savvy graces Publishers Weekly and O’Reilly TOC as well as his own blog, has been pushing lately for a more open ebook market. In two … Continue reading

February 15, 2012

The Kleenex of publishing: Kindle and brand recognition

By ERICA HARTNETT While I was having lunch the other day, I couldn’t stop myself from eavesdropping on a conversation taking place a couple of tables down as soon as … Continue reading

January 13, 2012

Recent commercials telling of change in Barnes & Noble’s overall strategy

By JEN BRAY Is Barnes & Noble changing its brand to compete with Amazon? I mean, it’s already selling more and more non-book items and has been following closely in … Continue reading

December 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

A few thoughts on the Nook Color software update

By ERICA HARTNETT On December 12, I opened my email and found this message from Barnes & Noble waiting for me: “Update Now! Your Nook Color is Now Even Better.” Typically … Continue reading

December 15, 2011

The Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire: Convince me! (part two of two)

By KEIRA LYONS Last week, I reported on my experience with the Nook Tablet sales team at a local Barnes & Noble store; as you could probably tell from my … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

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