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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…)

E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown

October 14, 2010

Tags: Kindle, Kobo, Sony eReader, eReader, eBook, ePublishing, Alex eReader, Extaco jetBook, Apple, iPad, Libre eBook, Pandigital Novel, Hardware reviews, ComputerWorld

In ancient times, the elite read their sacred writings, histories, philosophical musings and more on materials such as clay tablets, papyrus leaves and vellum scrolls. Somewhere around the first century, the paper-and-ink book appeared, and the invention of the mechanical printing press in the 15th century brought the printed word to the masses. Now, for the first time in centuries, how we read is undergoing a revolutionary transformation..... Read the full roundup of 8 eReaders we reviewed for ComputerWorld.

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.

Book Clubs Still Ace eBook Prices
by Daniel Grotta

June 26, 2010

Tags: eBooks, eBook, eReaders, eReader, Sony Reader, Price, Apple, Amazon, Book-of-the-Month-Club, Barnes & Noble, iPad, Kindle, iBook, ePublishing, e-Publishing, Book clubs, Daniel's entries

Today the postman brought two books that I had ordered from the Book-of-the-Month Club: David Weberís newest Honor Carrington novel, "Mission of Honor," and Dominic Lievenís acclaimed "Russia Against Napoleon." As you can correctly infer, I have an avid interest in anything and everything to do with the Napoleonic Era. Among our 5,000-plus library (more…)

Amazon Makes Good
by Daniel Grotta

June 25, 2010

Tags: Kindle, Kindle 2, Amazon, eReaders, eReader, Daniel's entries, Price, Customer service

A couple days ago, I was feeling rather foolish and suckerly, having plunked down $259 for a Kindle 2 on June 3rd, only to see the price plummet $70 a little over two weeks later.

That brutal reality is fairly typical of how the computer and consumer electronics industries have introduced price cuts over the years. If (more…)

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…)