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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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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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Pilot Season: The Daily Launches

by Allen Weiner  |  February 2, 2011  |  3 Comments

Among the landscape of publications attempting to become pioneers in the era of tablet journalism comes the launch of The Daily, a much ballyhooed iPad daily newspaper offered up by News Corp, owner of such media properties as New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fox Broadcasting. After a two week trial period, sponsored [...]

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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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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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My Friend, The Editor

by Allen Weiner  |  July 21, 2010  |  Comments Off

I hate to spoil the party, but I am not enthralled by Flipboard, the new venture-backed content play that purports to be an application that creates personalized magazines based on what my social circle is reading/recommending. Assuming it was working (the buzz has caused a complete meltdown so neither I nor the socialsphere at large [...]

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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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Few iPads in the College Classroom This Year

by Allen Weiner  |  April 22, 2010  |  Comments Off

Much was made about the concerns raised by a small handful of U.S. universities who are banning iPads from accessing their campus networks because of the strain it may put on their bandwidth not to mention some issues to device may have connecting to the school’s WiFi network. Being a skeptic, it struck me as [...]

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Apple iPad Offers Publishers Hope but Is Hardly a Savior

by Allen Weiner  |  January 27, 2010  |  6 Comments

Rumors being what they are, much of what Steve Jobs announced at the Ipad launch event didn’t come as a surprise to the overload crowd at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The iPad is a tweener that fits nicely between an iPhone/iTouch and netbook computer. With a 9.7-inch screen weighing in at 1.5 [...]

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