Amazon is not the only company seeing a huge increase in sales over the craziest shopping weekend of the year. In fact, Barnes & Noble is reporting that it sold double the amount of NOOK units over the Thanksgiving weekend. B&N says that NOOK sales "doubled over the four-day Black Friday weekend, across all channels, based on information provided by our channel partners on a sell-through basis compared to the similar period last year.”
Barnes & Noble NOOK app for Android has been updated this week with tons of improvements. Hot off the release of their new NOOK HD and HD+ tablets their apps are now going to support multiple new languages, as well as full support for the UK. The app also works with many new iDevices but we'll talk about Android here since that's all that matters.
just announced their digital comics are headed to a variety of new platforms starting today. For those saying what about Google Play -- that app is already available -- and now the #1 Comic Book publisher's content can be enjoyed digitally on multiple new platforms.
Barnes & Noble recently launching their new NOOK HD and HD+ tablets at a competitive price point to fight against some other popular 7-inch tablets, they've now lowered the price on their NOOK Tablet and Color slates too. Between the Kindle Fire getting a price drop and the holidays quickly approaching the NOOK just got a bit cheaper.
NOOK app for Android has received a fancy new update this past week to go along with their new NOOK tablets. The new and improved NOOK app brings many of the features all those Kindle users have been enjoying. Things like full dictionary support, improved font and margin sizes, and zoom view support for multiple new devices.
Google. On the other side of the fence, Apple is still getting a ton of grief for its new Maps app and even apologized for how awful their mapping service is. All we have to say is that it's great to be an Android user right about now.
Barnes & Noble's series of Nook tablets and ereaders are impressive, but because of their inferior ecosystem to Amazon, the devices aren't as appealing as they could be. Barnes & Noble is working hard to change that, and today they have unveiled Nook Video, which is a new online store featuring a collection of movies and TV shows.
Nook hardware? If you said "Ice Cream Sandwich", you're... well you're right, but not in this context. If you said "a camera for web chat".... well you're probably right there too. But for a retail-focused company like Barnes & Noble, one of the things they're missing is NFC. According to a Forbes interview with B&N CEO William Lynch, they won't be missing it for long.
patent suit that Microsoft lobbed at Barnes & Noble a corporate romance bloomed. Now the Redmond software giant has invested a whopping $300 million into the bookseller's newly formed digital and college division, which will almost certainly take over the growing Nook e-reader business. Microsoft will own 17.6% of the unnamed subsidiary, with Barnes & Noble owning the other 82.4% (virtual value: $1.4 billion).