Nook Color

Barnes & Noble reveals Microsoft’s Android patents in detail

Last week Barnes & Noble lobbied United States regulators to investigate Microsoft, on the basis that its lawsuits and licensing agreements with Android OEMs constituted monopolistic behavior. The first fruit of this effort is a detailed look at the patents that Microsoft has been using to pressure manufacturers into licensing deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Barnes & Noble seems determined to keep from paying Microsoft for its Nook line of e-readers and tablets.

NOOK Color officially drops to $199, goes head to head with Kindle Fire

Just like the leaked internal deck predicted, the venerable Nook Color is getting a price drop now that the Nook Tablet is official. The original will cost just $199, going head-to-head with the Amazon Kindle Fire while the Nook Tablet competes with some superior specs at $249. The price has already dropped on Barnes & Noble's NOOK website. Also included is a major update to the Nook Color software, which is still getting some impressive support a year after its initial release. Netflix support is coming in the next firmware update, with Hulu Plus support scheduled in the next few months - both of which the Kindle Fire lacks, relying instead on Amazon Instant Video.  The ebook and app libraries already on offer will be streamlined with new interfaces and social suggestions. At this point, the two bookselling giants have products that directly compete at the $200 level, while Amazon dips below $100 with the ad-based Kindle and Barnes & Noble taking the high road with the Nook Tablet. All the models of the Nook, including the Nook SimpleTouch at a reduced $99, run modified versions of Android, making them prime targets for enthusiastic modders and ROM developers. At $199 for a light tablet with an IPS screen, the Nook Color is still a pretty good deal - unless you're already set on Amazon's universe of content and apps.

Can Android compete with the iPod Touch, and does it need to?

Earlier this week we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, an Android device with the iPod Touch squarely in its crosshairs. It's not the first, either: Samsung, Archos and innumerable smaller companies have released phone-sized Android devices designed primarily for media and app consumption, just like the Apple device. So far, they've failed to make a dent in the low-cost, high-function section of the market.

Nook Color dropping to $199 soon, getting Hulu Plus support

The new Nook Tablet wasn't the only thing recently leaked by Barnes & Noble. When the Tablet replaces the original Nook Color at its $249 price point, the Nook Color will drop down to $199 permanently, giving the company a model that directly competes with the upcoming Kindle Fire at exactly the same price. The Nook Tablet will be released on November 16th, which is presumably when the Nook Color will receive its price drop. It might also be reduced right after the official announcement on November 7th. It will also be getting a new software update, including Hulu Plus access.

Rumor: Nook Color 2 announcement coming November 7th to fight Kindle Fire

We've known for a while that Barnes & Noble intended a second model of its successful Nook Color tablet for later this year, as the original passed its first birthday this week. The Amazon Kindle Fire may have hastened the bookseller's plans: multiple sources claiming to be Barnes & Noble employees are reporting that kiosks and other retail goodies are showing up in bookstores ahead of a November 7th launch. That would put the Nook Color 2 on retail shelves a week before Kindle Fires begin shipping out from Amazon. An anonymous B&N employee tells The Digital Reader that his or her store is building a huge new display in the center of the store especially for the Nook tablets and e-readers. Spotlight, LCD TVs, touch screen demonstration kiosks, the works. A manager told him or her to expect a major Nook announcement on the 7th to battle the Kindle Fire. That's a pretty unmistakable indication that we'll be seeing more Nook news soon. The biggest draw for the Kindle Fire is its rock-bottom price of $199, undercutting other Android tablets by hundreds of dollars and the current Nook Color by $50. That probably means that the Nook Color 2 will see a discount of at least that much, whenever it comes to market. The Nook Color currently runs a heavily modified and branded version of Froyo, and the Fire runs a likewise customized version of Gingerbread. The rivalvry between the two biggest player in the e-reader market is about to seriously heat up, and consumers will be on the winning side whatever happens. [via SlashGear]

Today only: Get A Nook Color for just $150

The Nook Color is a favorite of Android modders, and for today only, you can get one for a cool $100 off the retail price. Daily Steals has a refurbished version of Barnes & Noble's versatile wifi 7-incher for just $150 - only a few dollars more than an e-ink Nook or Kindle, and well below any brand-name Android tablet you're likely to see at the moment.

Barnes & Noble stock takes a hit on Kindle Fire news

Amazon's Kindle Fire is sitting squarely in the spotlight at the moment, and Barnes & Noble investors are taking notice. The bookseller's stock price took a sizable 4% hit yesterday, with early Thursday trading sending it down another 3%. At its lowest point on Wednesday Barnes and Noble's stock hit $11.48, a loss of over 10%, but late trading helped the price rally. The Kindle Fire is seen as a competitor to Barnes & Noble's popular Nook Color tablet/reader, with the two Android-based devices sharing form factors and usage scenarios.  To help spur sales, Barnes & Noble is offering existing customers a $25 discount on the Nook Color plus free shipping, bringing its total cost down to $225. The promotion was already in place at the time of the Kindle Fire announcement, but Barnes & Noble sent out additional emails afterwards. When Barnes & Noble released the Nook Color last year, they seemed to have a decided advantage in the small "e-reader+" space. Now that Amazon has undercut the Nook Color with its $199 Kindle Fire, not to mention a new range of cheaper e-ink Kindles to compete with the Nook Touch, that no longer seems to be the case. It doesn't help that Amazon has a lead on Barnes & Noble when it comes to third-party media, like streaming video and the Amazon App Store. Of course, rumors persist of a Nook Color 2 coming in the fall or winter, when we're likely to see Barnes & Noble face each other directly with current hardware. [via All Things D]

RadioShack soon selling Barnes and Noble Nook and Nook Color

Just when you thought you couldn't get a Nook at RadioShack, they come up and surprise you by carrying the Nook. They've also got the Nook Color, both of these device available very soon in most if not all of their thousands of locations across the USA and Mexico. What you need to know is that while Barnes & Noble continues to grow their eReader business, their competitors are either dying (Borders, just this past weekend, rest in peace), or re-ramping up so as to avoid the massive Nook pain. Do you own a Nook yet? Do you plan on picking one up in the near future?
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