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Is the Nook Worth $1 Billion to Microsoft?

May 12, 2013

Tags: Microsoft, Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Nook, eReader, ePublishing

The latest mergers & acquisitions rumor buzzing around the internet is that Microsoft is about to dump an additional billion bucks into Barnes & Nobles' embattled eReader, the Nook. This isn't particularly surprising, since Microsoft already has $300 million or so invested in Nook, and rather than watch it all slide down the tube, it's doubling down and hoping and praying that somehow, someday, its not inconsiderable investment will pay off.

Frankly, we have difficulty seeing how. Unless, God forbid, Microsoft is prepared to go head-to-head with that internet juggernaut of a retailer, Amazon, and to a lesser extent, Apple. And then, there's Google, looming on the horizon.

Here's why. (more…)

Review of Calibre: Software to Help Organize Your eBooks

October 14, 2010

Tags: eReader, ePublising, eBook, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, FIle management, Software reviews, PC World, eLibrary

You've finally bought that Kindle or Nook or Kobo that you've been dreaming about, and in a frenzy of future anticipation, you've purchased dozens of e-book bestsellers. Then, delighting in libraries offering more than 1.5 million free, public domain works--plus thousands of magazines and newspapers--you've loaded your e-reader with the literary goodies you have always meant to read. At the end of the day, your e-reader.... Read the full review at PCWorld.

Sooner Than I Thought
by Daniel Grotta

June 22, 2010

Tags: iPad, Apple, Kindle, Kindle 2, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Nook, eReaders, eReader, DRM, Digital Rights Management, Daniel's entries

Back on June 3rd, I clicked the Buy button on and purchased a Kindle 2.

For $259.

In an earlier blog, I predicted that prices on eReaders would fall rapidly and precipitously, as pressure from the iPad and next generation tablet competitors start eroding eReader market share. Only, I didnít quite realize (more…)