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Samsung and B&N announce the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab 4

Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab 4

Barnes & Noble, which is responsible for the popular Nook eBook reader, has now teamed up with Samsung to launch the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. This partnership will not bring any hardware changes to the tablet, but the device will be running a customized version of the B&N Nook UI. Customers will also be able to access the vast library of content from its store which includes magazines, newspapers as well as books.

We’re guessing there will be some exclusive titles on offer for B&N customers as well, which should be a bonus for getting the device. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be available for purchase through Barnes & Noble retail outlets for somewhere close to $200 as the official pricing hasn’t been mentioned yet.

This partnership is very logical for both B&N and Samsung as the low end tablet segment needs significant attention. The deal is more crucial for Barnes & Noble as its eBook reader business is not exactly the most profitable at the moment. Will you be interested in a B&N branded Galaxy Tab 4 device? Let us know in the comments below.

Via: Android Central

Nook Simple Touch And Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight Now Available At U.K Retailers

Folks over in the United Kingdom are going to be ecstatic if they are fans of Barnes and Noble’s products. Barnes and Noble earlier this year announced that some their devices would be headed to the United Kingdom, and two more just happened to land their today: the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. If you’ve ever used a Kindle Paperwhite or even some of the older Kindle e-Reader models, you should perfectly well know what the Nook Simple Touch is. The Nook Simple Touch is one of the most highly-anticipated e-readers today, and much like the Kindle Paperwhite, it features a built-in backlit display that is perfect for reading at night and will keep it from lighting up your entire room.

The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight retails at £109 and John Lewis is one of the first retailers in the United Kingdom to start carrying the device. On the other hand, the Nook Simple Touch will not be sitting with a price tag of a mere £79. While it does get the job done and is much cheaper than the model with GlowLight, it is not packed with all of the features that you might experience with the GlowLight device. Other retailers that will be selling the devices include Dixon’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Blackwell’s, Foyles, Argos and ASDA. On top of all this, but Barnes and Noble has also announced that their up and coming Nook HD and Nook HD+ is now available for residents in the United Kingdom to pre-order. Shipments are set to arrive at the end of next month. Pricing for the much more sophisticated devices will be set at £159 and £299, respectively.

As we originally heard, Barnes and Noble will not be bringing their old tablet lineup to the United Kingdom due to the imminent launch of their Nook HD and Nook HD+ in the United States. Surely the extra wait is going to be worth it just have something comparable and even some competition against Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD though. The one advantage that the Nook tablet lineup will have in the United Kingdom against the Kindle Fire HD is that they will be touting microSD card slots as the Kindle products do not have them.

Nevertheless, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and the Nook Simple Touch is very competitively priced, and if you are looking for a bang for your buck you may just want to consider taking a look at these devices as they are truly “simple.” Alternatively, you do have the Kindle Paperwhite available to you as well as the the Kindle Paperwhite with free 3G come to December.

Are you going to be picking up a Nook Simple Touch product, or are you looking into sticking it out for the Kindle Paperwhite when it launches in December (in the UK)? Would you choose one over the other or are you not certain right now?

Sound off in the comments if you ended up picking up a Nook Simple Touch!

source: ubergizmo

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Apple iPad Mini Will Not Beat Kindle Fire HD Or Nook HD

Of course the iPad Mini is going to sell well just because Apple has millions of fanboys backing what they are doing. What I’m talking about is that the iPad Mini will not best the new Kindle Fire HD or any of the Nook HD devices. Apple’s entry into the “budget” tablet market seems to be rather mediocre with new iPad Mini priced at a whopping $329 when you can get more for your money by purchasing a Nexus 7 for a mere $200. As with most iOS devices, the only reason it is going to sell well is because of the millions of fanboys Apple has.

Aside from Google’s Nexus 7, Barnes & Noble and Amazon have done a fantastic job at creating some very robust and easy to use tablets for an extremely affordable price. Despite Apple announcing that they were going to have an event to announce a few new devices, the Kindle Fire HD continued to sell well. So much so that Amazon announced it to be a best selling product the other day. What does Apple really offer in the iPad Mini aside from some minor processor and graphics upgrades? Nothing at all. Should I even have to mention that the iPad Mini could potentially cost you $659 if you want Wi-Fi and 4G LTE capabilities as well? This is not an entry into the budget market, this is trying to monetize your fanboys as much as you can.

The Kindle Fire HD and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD will still sit at their thrones, Apple will not be taking their place anytime soon. The iPad Mini offers nothing that the Kindle Fire HD or Nook HD offers, all the iPad Mini is is a smaller version of the regular iPad. There are no parenting controls that Amazon offers, there are no revolutionary Wi-Fi speeds, and there are no advanced speaker systems even. No. All the iPad Mini is is an smaller version of the iPad. Apple’s idea that they can compete with Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD is ridiculous. What they have released here is an inept attempt at trying to break into the budget tablet industry.

I’m not against Apple, but the quality of devices they have been producing have been below abysmal. Due to their inept and in-creative attempts at trying to revolutionize something as of late, Android is far ahead in this market, and when BlackBerry 10 releases, RIM will probably pass up Apple as well. Actually, RIM will pass Apple up if they keep going in the direction that they are going. There is no “maybe” about it. Apple just isn’t hard to beat anymore due to their lack of creativity as of late.

Apple, you need to hunker down and go back to the drawing board. Create something we don’t already have like you originally did in 2007 with the first true smartphone. What you’re producing right now is mediocre and really isn’t benefiting the market as a whole. I want to see all companies succeed, but producing junk like this isn’t getting you anywhere.

Are E-Book Readers Worth Purchasing Anymore?

When I say e-Book readers, I’m talking about devices like the Nook Color or Kindle Paperwhite. I’m not talking about things like the Kindle Fire HD or the Nook Tablet, because those are not e-Readers, they are tablets. With that out of the way, a lot of us like purchasing tablets because of all the amazing and cool things that they are able to do. One of those things that tablets are able to do, is take on the role of an e-Reader with various apps like Kindle or NOOK. The only reason I would ever purchase an e-Reader is to simply stay organized and keep all my books in one place instead of on a bunch of different apps on my tablet. Aside from that, there really is no other need for a e-Reader is there?

As we move forward with technology e-Readers just aren’t “in,” so to speak. They can be, if they would advance more in technology, but I really don’t think we are headed that way with a lot of companies just focusing on the tablet market. Amazon and Barnes & Noble, two huge companies in the book industry, aren’t really creating e-Readers. If you look, all of their new stuff is based around tablets (excluding the Paperwhite). You can go to Barnes & Noble’s website right now and see that they don’t have any new e-Readers, its all tablets based around the Android platform. With that said, this brings me to the question, Are e-Readers really worth your time, and are they even worth purchasing?

Yes and no.

If you’ve purchased a budget tablet, something small like the Google Nexus 7, and want to keep that limited storage space for apps, movies and other things, a e-Reader is probably worth looking into on the basis that you are an avid reader. If you aren’t an avid reader, it is really easy to just pull up a webpage with information you need, or even a e-Reader app integrated in the web. There’s just not a reason to really get an e-Reader if you aren’t avid about reading. Books don’t take a lot of space on your tablet, but you can imagine that it will add up if your an avid reader. So, it might be worth it to get one if you’re looking to save space on something like a Nexus 7 that does not have an SD card.

Now, we could just say getting an e-Reader isn’t worth it at all. Why spend $200 on an e-Reader when for an extra $20 you could get a full fledged tablet from Barnes and Noble? To me, e-Readers have really become irrelevant, especially with the most recent offerings from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you are able to get something with expandable storage, getting an e-Reader is just not worth it. That is, unless you are not willing to jump on the tablet bandwagon with all of the games and the “Facebooks.” At that point, you mine as well grab one.

Thoughts? Are e-Readers worth it to you, despite all of the new tablet technology that is out?

Barnes & Noble Announces New Tablet Lineup

Amazon recently announced their entire new tablet lineup only a couple of weeks ago, and even launch a few new HD versions of their tablets just recently. With that said, Barnes & Noble is trying to stay in the competition and to do that, has just announced two new additions to the Nook lineup. The new 7 inch and 9 inch Nook HD+ tablets is what they have to introduce. The new 7 inch Nook HD will literally be known as the world’s most lightest and highest resolution HD tablet, while the new 9 inch HD+ will be known as the world’s lightest full HD tablet. The 7 inch Nook HD tablet will be starting at $199 and will be featuring a whopping 1.3GHz dual core chip, 1GB of RAM, a 1440 x 900 243ppi laminated display and will only weight 11.1 ounces. This new 9 inch Nook HD+ tablet will be starting at $269 and will be featuring a very nice 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1280 256ppi laminated display and will be coming in at 18.2 ounces.  The best thing about this new announcement is that owners of either tablet is going to have access to Barnes & Noble’s three million books and a massive selection of magazines and apps with the new NOOK Video and NOOK Catalog content.

The Nook has always had a pretty huge following from its loyal Barnes & Noble fans, but lately Amazon seems to have been winning these fans over with all of their new stuff. Barnes & Noble will have none of that though. It’s time for a new generation of Barnes & Noble technology, and will thus be offering tons of new features and content that you can check out over on the Barnes & Noble official website. As you can see, Barnes & Noble is also trying to appeal to the lovers of 7 inch tablets and almost-10-inch tablets, just like Amazon was trying to do. This, I think, is a fantastic move on Barnes & Nobles part, surely this will win some of their customers back, and they may not lose as much money as they did on the last generation of Nooks. Then again, stores like this tend to earn all of their money back through books and features.

Each of the tablets announced today are going to be available for pre-order today in the United States, while pre-orders for the United Kingdom will be available in the next month or so. Next month isn’t very far away, so there really isn’t a huge wait involved. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as to when Barnes and Noble makes the tablets available for pre-purchase in the UK.

Here’s the burning question(s) though! Do you think that Barnes and Noble will be able to outdo Amazon this time around, or do you think that Amazon has such a foothold in the industry that Barnes and Noble has no chance? Lastly, will you be purchasing this new tablet from Barnes and Noble or is the new HD Kindle Fire’s just something you’re sold on?

source: talk android

Barnes and Noble Slashes Nook Prices

Beginning Monday, Barnes and Noble will be cutting prices for two devices. The first being the Nook Tablet and the second being the Nook Color. It’s almost obvious as to why they are doing this. The Nexus 7 is offering some serious competition to the originally $199 priced Nook Tablet. Not to mention that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is also being cut (not just yet though!). Though the Kindle Fire has some crummy hardware compared to the Nook Tablet and the Nexus 7, they’re still trying to stay on top of their game.

The competition is growing fast. The Nexus 7 just recently released at $200 packed with 8GB’s and is 10x better than both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.  In a statement on Sunday, Barnes and Noble announced its “lowest pricing ever.” I’m kind of wondering if they actually are going to be making any revenue off of the Nook Tablet. I’m not sure how much it cost them to make, but Barnes and Noble (a very popular bookstore) had said it was possible that they’d go bankrupt and were closing down earlier last year. So far that hasn’t happened, so lets hope this price cut is still more than what the tablet costs to make!

The 8GB Nook Tablet will now be selling for a low price of $179. It was originally $199. The 16GB version of the tablet has dropped to $199 from $249. The least expensive Nook Color will be falling from $169 and landing at $149. All three devices have 7 inch displays, access to a digital library of e-books, movies, television shows and music.

It’s almost obvious that the price drop is a response to the success of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet that gained some outstanding reviews. After the device released last month, stores sold out almost instantly of the 16GB model due to such a high demand. With it running a Tegra 3 processor, one of the fastest mobile processors out to date, it’s not doubt that Barnes and Noble was forced to price cut their device(s).

Not only that, but Amazon is hyping it’s upcoming tablet that is supposedly the successor of the Kindle Fire. Reports are saying that the tablet will be thinner, lighter and have a sharper display than the original. It’s is expected to ship out a bit before September hits. That isn’t too far away either. Hopefully Barnes and Noble is prepared for this and will make another tablet in response. I thought the Nook Tablet was fantastic and was much better than the Kindle Fire even though it’s display wasn’t as glamorous.

Aside from that, reporters have said that the sales of Nook devices have declined during it’s fourth quarter due to a lower selling volume among a few other issues. Overall, Barnes and Noble has has lost around $57.7 million. That’s less than where they were at a year ago, but was more than what analysts had expected.

Would you be purchasing a Nook now that the Google Nexus 7 is out? If so, why? The Nexus 7 is obviously the better price for almost the same as what the Nook is at. Let us know in the comments below!

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Review: Nook – e-Book On The Go!

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free, in-App Purchases

Download: Google Play | iTunes

No one said you ever needed an e-Reader to have the full Nook book experience. The Nook app for mobile devices offers the full e-Reader experience that the Nook Tablet or Nook Color offers. It’s a great app and has over two million different books you can choose from. There’s even quite a few free books to read from along with samples from paid versions of books you can download for free. The Nook app offers an unlimited amount of content with new titles releasing on a daily basis. Yes, an e-Book isn’t like flipping those crisp pieces of paper to get to the next page, but the Nook tries to help with that by adding a page turning animation. Paperback and hardcover books are always the way to go in my opinion, but having an e-Reader for those e-Reader exclusive titles is always helpful. Downloading the free app I think is a lot better than purchasing the e-Reader itself. The screen size is bigger on the e-Reader but if you have a tablet already, it doesn’t really matter and reading a book on your smartphone is really not that bad.

One cool thing about this app is you can choose your preferred font size. If you like reading small text, you can read small text. If you like reading large text, you can read large text. If you can’t figure out what a word means as your reading through the book, you can simply highlight it and search it in the dictionary. That is an awesome feature to have inside the app as pausing your reading and looking up a word is rather annoying. The Nook app also comes with lighting features if your reading in the dark. You’ll have choices whether to brighten up the paper or dim it for every lighting environment your in.

The Nook app also syncs the last page you were on, so if you accidentally close the app or need to put the book aside for a while, when you load the app up again, the app will take you directly to where you last stopped reading. If you have the Nook app downloaded on your tablet or computer and those are linked to the same account as your smartphone, it’ll sync between those too!

Another cool feature in this app as that you can lend books to friends through the Nook app with the LendMe feature which comes loaded with free books!

This app is perfect for the e-Book lover, and perfect for those who are wanting to read the exclusive e-Reader titles but don’t want to throw down $200 on an actual e-Reader. This free alternative is a lot better than the Kindle app. Kindle seems to focus more on aesthetics than the stability, performance and features of the app, which is why I like Nook a whole lot more!

I really suggest getting the Nook App, it’s been a really easy way for me to pick up something and read it. Also, $40 books are often $20 – $30 cheaper as a e-Book, so if you don’t have money at the time to buy a physical paperback or hardcover book, purchasing as a e-Book for a while might just be a good idea. A plus to that is you’ll get to see if the book actually is any good without blowing a hole in your wallet.

That’s also another feature in the Nook App! Saving you money and preventing burned wallet holes!

Some reviews from Google Play:

“I’m not sure why others are having problems with the app -I haven’t had any issues at all.I would like to see the reading now button, but honestly it’s not that big of a deal because there is a blue “book mark” ribbon across what you are currently reading. This is much better than the Kindle app and offers more options for customizing, plus it has the cool page-turn animation which I for one love.” – Shimmer

“I use the app all the time to read on the go and not carry my Color around. My biggest complaint is that highlights, bookmarks (and I assume notes) and current page don’t sync between the devices even thought the library is cloud-based. Also, it would be nice if there was a setting to automatically open to last page read instead of the library.” – Jennie

“This app is a must for people who read a lot. You can start reading on your tablet and pick up reading on your phone without skipping a beat.” – Jenna

“Nothing really else to say. I had previously thought that Kobo was the best reader, but the nook app has even better formatting and a very ibooks like page turn animation. Might be a simple thing to most, but to me it makes me that muscular more immersed in reading. Great app” – Rollie

Happy reading!

Have A Barnes & Noble Nookseller Re-Allocate Your Nook Tablet Memory

Barnes & Noble introduced their follow up to the Nook Color late last year. When they did, they offered their new color Nook Tablet in a 16gb version. While that is twice the memory of the 8gb Kindle Fire offered by competitor Amaozn, there was a slight problem.  Barnes and Noble had allocated 1gb of memory storage for your personal content and the other 15gb were reserved for Barnes & Noble content.

While the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet is a content playing device, you would assume that the bulk of the content would be e-books being that Barnes and Noble is in the book business. Do you realize how many e-books one could fit on 15gb… neither can I.

Barnes and Noble was hoping that their Nook Tablet users would also use their proprietary store to purchase music, and movies, which of course can rack up your space real quick.

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Kindle Fire Black Friday Best Seller With No Data To Back It Up

Now that Black Friday has officially ended many are waiting to hear the results. Around the web it seems that the busiest U.S. consumer shopping day of the year was a big hit despite a soft economy and a pre holiday economic down turn.

One of the companies that is insisting they had great Black Friday results is Amazon has said that their new line of Kindle’s including the Android powered Kindle Fire, were best selling items this Black Friday.  Amazon continues to tout the fact that the Kindle Fire has been the best selling item in Amazon history however if you’re looking for actual sales numbers, Amazon never divulges them.

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Nook Tablet Arrives Early Too?

Monday we reported that Amazon Kindle Fire tablets were shipping a day before their scheduled shipping data of November 15th. Now, according to Phandroid and Engadget, Barnes & Noble has started selling their new device in some Barnes & Noble stores.

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet retails for $249 and has many of the same features as the Amazon Kindle Fire. It’s the follow up to the original Nook Color, which in itself was a tablet.

The Nook Tablet is supposed to start shipping Friday. We’re unclear as to whether the tablets at Barnes & Noble stores are merely display models or they’re actually selling them through. If you were able to pick up a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet let us know below.

source: Phandroid, Engadget

Amazon Fattening Up Kindle Fire For Battle Against Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

The e-reader war is about to heat up with the introduction of the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

The Nook Tablet was launched last week at a media event in New York City and is set up to go toe to toe with the Amazon Kindle Fire. The problem is Amazon isn’t taking the threat of an e-reader war sitting down.

Friday Amazon announced that both Hulu Plus and ESPN ScoreCenter are being added to the content offerings on Kindle Fire.

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Barnes And Noble Takes On The Microsoft Mafia In Defense Of Android

I’ve always been a little bit of a mafia history buff, to the tune of doing my senior project in high school (in the early 90’s) on La Cosa Nostra. I at first got an F because of the content and then it was changed to an A after a bitter dispute with the school board…

In doing all of that reading, and even reading today like “I heard you paint houses”by Charles Brandt, I’ve learned a lot about racketeering. In a nutshell, one of the activities in this “racketeering” is when those in organized crime use their force to basically make a company pay them to do business in their territory.  From where I sit, although many call it “licensing”, it looks like Microsoft may be flirting really close with racketeering.

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Nook Color Drops To $199 Ahead Of Expected Nook Color 2 Launch

Barnes and Noble is expected to launch the follow up to the Nook Color next week in New York City. The replacement to the immensely popular Nook Color is expected to be called the Nook Color 2 and retail for $250.  This leaves room for the original Nook Color to drop down to $199.

At $199 you’re still getting a heck of a deal for probably the cheapest, but most well made Android tablet (e-reader) on the market.

But in the infamous words of the late Billy Mays… That’s not all

The newly priced original Nook Color is also receiving an update to Nook Color V1.4.  This update is bringing Hulu Plus, Rhapsody, MOG, and Grooveshark to the device so you won’t be short as far as TV and music go.  They’re also updating their e-magazine selection and of course more apps.

Barnes & Noble’s challenger to Amazon’s Kindle Fire will be announced next week and we’ll be there with all the magnificent details.

source: Androidcentral

Nook Color 2 Coming November 7?

Barnes and Noble’s original Nook Color was a huge success. Readers took advantage of it’s easy to use functionality and large color screen while Android enthusiasts rooted it and took advantage of the cheapest good quality Android tablet at the time.  Barnes and Noble’s biggest competitor came right for the jugular last month when they announced the Android powered Kindle fire.

While it was most likely always in the cards to follow up the Nook Color, we get the feeling that Amazon may have sped up the process.

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