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Digital Marketers Must Review The Reviewers

by Allen Weiner  |  September 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

I am reminded of a conversation with a Yellow Pages provider who bravely began to allow reviews of products and services that were offered by its client base. I also recall being the one who encouraged them to take this daring plunge. Six months later, they reported the tactic was a success and those clients […]

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F-Commerce Has Earned Its Failing Grade

by Allen Weiner  |  August 27, 2012  |  1 Comment

Of all the pre-fixed commerce trends, none has hit the ground with a thud more than Facebook’s “F-Commerce.” Don’t take my word for it: According to the survey by youth marketing agency The Beans Group, 91 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds say they are not interested in buying products or services directly through Facebook. […]

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Barnes & Noble and Microsoft: A Marriage Made in Study Hall

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2012  |  Comments Off

The story is rather simple: Microsoft is investing in the formation of a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary referred to as “Newco,” which will bring  together the Redmond, WA company with the consumer and College businesses of Barnes & Noble.  Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Newco at a […]

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Amazon’s Aims for Immediate E-reader Supremacy

by Allen Weiner  |  September 28, 2011  |  5 Comments

While most observers obsess about the impact of Amazon’s new tablet and its impact on Apple’s iPad and other media tablets, the real story is much less about tablets and more about e-ink e-readers. With three new e-ink readers ($79, $99, $149), Amazon is looking to fire a double tap to the heads of Barnes […]

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Will New Release Windows for Paperbacks Help Publishers?

by Allen Weiner  |  July 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

The New York Times had an interesting feature on a subtle change in the book publishing industry with one shortsighted goal in mind: increase print profits in a hurry. Breaking tradition from the customary one-year waiting period between release of a hardback book and the paperback version, the feature pointed to three examples of a […]

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No Let Up In the E-Reading Device Parade

by Allen Weiner  |  May 5, 2011  |  2 Comments

Just when you thought it was safe to go into your big box retailers and buy an “e-reader” after parsing the maze of options, two new choices loom: a new tablet from Amazon and a new something from Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble’s new device is fact; Amazon’s is speculation built on the usual […]

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Google Takes Publishers, Consumers to the Cloud

by Allen Weiner  |  December 6, 2010  |  3 Comments

Google’s entry into the digital publishing space with the launch of its eBookstore, partner program and device neutral distribution scheme is a big deal. On first look, there is the significant impact on rivals in the distribution space (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Amazon) as they face new competition. However, as the first “media […]

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B&N Launches NOOKColor

by Allen Weiner  |  November 16, 2010  |  1 Comment

Just when you thought e-reading was all black and white, Barnes & Noble tosses some color into the mix with the release of the NOOKColor, a reading device that expands beyond best sellers to include media that thrives in a color setting, namely children’s books and magazines and newspapers. Just in time for the holiday […]

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Barnes & Noble Unveils NOOKcolor

by Allen Weiner  |  October 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest physical book retailer, is following up its November 2009 release of the Nook, an e-ink e-reader, with the NOOKcolor, a device that uses a 7-inch LCD/LED screen to display books, newspapers, magazines and a few additional services such as Pandora. The device is scheduled to be available on November […]

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The iPad and Other Adventures in E-Reading

by Allen Weiner  |  June 7, 2010  |  4 Comments

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference, CEO Steve Jobs announced that in 65 days, five million e-books have been downloaded for the iPad. Using some sort of voodoo algorithm, he claims that amounts to 22% of all e-book sales. I am not sure how he calculated that given many of the e-book retailers are […]

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