Posts tagged: Barnes and Noble

Amazon Lights the Kindle Fire

Alan Bullock
 Sep 29, 2011

The tablet market got a little more crowded this week. What remains to be seen is whether the top 80% or the bottom 20% feels the squeeze, or if maybe the whole pie gets bigger to make room for a new player. Amazon’s entry had been widely anticipated and predicted to be a potential “iPad killer”. The announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a 7-inch Android device with an aggressive $199 price point, made headlines on Wednesday, but measuring it against the iPad may be comparing apples to, um, Apples. Read more »

Can I borrow that eBook? (Yes, if you give it back.)

Other Posts
 Oct 21, 2009

Bookseller and publisher Barnes and Noble entered the digital reader market recently, introducing their Nook eBook reader. It has a nifty little 3.5″ navigation screen in addition to the larger eBook panel, but you can read all of that by Googling (or Binging, if that’s your preference) some product reviews. What caught my eye was the following piece of the ecosystem B&N was building:

With our new LendMeâ„¢ technology, you can now share from nook to nook. But it doesn’t stop there. Starting Nov. 30th, you can lend to and from any device with the Barnes & Noble eReader app, including PC, Mac OS®, BlackBerry®, iPhoneâ„¢ and iPod® touch. All you need to know is your friend’s email address. You can lend many of your eBooks one time for a maximum of 14 days. When you use our LendMeâ„¢ technology, you will not be able to read your eBook while it is on loan, but you always get it back.

The model sounds promising — B&N allows customers to lend books to each other for 14 days, knowing full well it takes most of us longer to start and finish the average novel.

This model is also an important departure for book lending culture. On the one hand, the book industry has a long history of discouraging lending. As early as the 1930’s, the industry turned to famed PR-man Edward Bernays to “look for a pejorative word for the book borrower, the wretch who raised hell with book sales and deprived authors of earned royalties.” These so-called “book sneaks” and the “pass-along book trade” continue to be hot-buttons for authors, publishers, and the industry at-large today (Striphas, The Late Age of Print). Read more »

Post-Recession Partnerships

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 Aug 11, 2009

Walk into virtually any Barnes and Noble bookstore and chances are you’ll see a Starbucks. Head into a Stop&Shop and you can grab yourself a “medium regulah” from Dunkin Donuts and a video rental from RedBox after you’re done grocery shopping (much to the chagrin of BlockBuster Video, which is often next door). These partnerships make so much sense, we often forget the number of billable hours that go into these corporate-level contracts. The “book store” or “grocery store” experience is far too adjacent to coffee consumption and video rentals for vendors not to take notice of incremental revenue possibilities.

But partnerships in the post-recession era are about far more than incremental revenue. Read more »

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