The tablet market is certainly getting heated up with the holiday season quickly approaching. And with that, there’s going to be a lot of price cuts and discounts on offer for the customers. First up is Barnes & Noble which recently unveiled the Nook HD and Nook HD+. B&N however is offering discounts on older gen tablets like the Nook Tablet and Nook Color. It seems more like a clearance sale really, as the likes of the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini are arriving, there’s not enough room in the market for eBook readers anymore. The Nook Color and Nook Tablet are almost on the verge of extinction much like the E-Ink based eBook readers were a couple of years ago. But B&N wouldn’t mind that with the new range of Nooks taking their places quite comfortably.
The Nook Color will now retail at just $139 and the Nook Tablet will sell for $159 and $179 for the 8 and 16GB models respectively. That’s not a bad deal for the holiday season, especially if you’re looking to gift something for your nephews or kids. It seems like B&N wants to price it on par with the Amazon Kindle Fire which also retails at $159. What’s particularly interesting though is that there’s no price drops on the Nook HD and Nook HD+ yet, which is understandable as it is still only up for pre-order with official availability scheduled for some time this month.
I think it’s the end of the road for the Nook Color which is struggling for survival with the arrival of newer, fancier tablets. Tablets these days need to do a lot more than just read eBooks and B&N understands that pretty well. The Nook HD and HD+ will vie against the likes of the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7 and the two variants of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD when it’s launched in the coming days.
Source: Barnes and Noble
Via: Android Central
Barnes & Noble, Inc., retailer of educational and digital media products, announced recently its partnership with DC Entertainment, the new features of its award-winning NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color, and the availability of graphic novels to Nook devices. DC Entertainment is the largest publisher of comic books in the world today covering possibly all of the comic book iconic characters everybody knows about including Superman, Iron Man, Batman, etc.
Among the new features Barnes & Noble introduces to its Nook devices is Zoom View which gives readers an option to focus in on specific panels in the newly-introduced graphic comics and novels. This adds enjoyment to stories and stunning artwork while giving life to the digital content. This feature will be made available to all titles from DC Entertainment.
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee said that in light to acquiring wider audience, partnership with Barnes & Noble is a necessity. The new Zoom View feature is a great way to emphasize graphic artistry in its titles as well as enhance readers’ imaginations while reading compelling stories from digital novels and comics. Millions of Nook Tablet and Nook Color owners could enjoy the new features immediately.
“The new Zoom View feature makes the reading experience even more interactive, and takes these graphic novels to a whole new level of entertainment,” said Jim Hilt, VP of eBooks for Barnes & Noble.
Nook owners are assured that more titles will be added every month aside from over 100 DC Entertainment graphic novels currently available. The pool of popular world superheroes with their acclaimed stories will grow every month and Nook device owners are among the lucky ones to have direct access to them.
Furthermore, Android tablet owners would also be able to enjoy the said digital graphic products through NOOK for Android app, adding to the already wide audience coverage and readership.
DC Entertainment titles available for NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can be found at the official Nook website. Among the titles available for fans and readers are the following;
- Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin
- Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt
- Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
- Justice League International Vol. 1: The Signal Masters
- Catwoman Vol. 1: The Game
- Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro
- Stormwatch Vol. 1: The Dark Side
- Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas Touch
- Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood
- Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death
- All Star Superman Vol. 1 and 2
- Fables Vol. 1-15
- The Sandman Vol. 1-10
- Superman Earth One
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1-2
- V for Vendetta
- Batman: Hush
- Batman: Year One
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Rarely are we blessed with a product coming out ahead of schedule, not so is the case with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Amazon sent out a press release this morning to let us know that they’ve already started shipping Kindle Fire tablets, the best selling item in Amazon history. The Amazon Kindle Fire is a content machine with over 18 million movies, tv shows, songs, books, magazines, and games. In fact they just announced Friday that Kindle Fire users will be able to enjoy some of the latest tv shows with limited interruption via Hulu Plus, and keep up with their favorite sports teams with ESPN.
“We’re thrilled to be able to ship Kindle Fire to our customers earlier than we expected. Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we’re building millions more than we’d planned,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers are excited about Kindle Fire because it is a premium product at the non-premium price of only $199.”
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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 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.
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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Sitting back watching the news reports about the upcoming Kindle Fire from Amazon has made me really question why is the Nook a Nook and the Kindle Fire an Android tablet.
Truth be told the Nook most likely has a newer and more accessible version of Android than the Kindle Fire does. Updated: The Nook Color runs Android 2.2 whereas the Kindle Fire runs Android 2.3 (After this was written more details came out regarding the base version of Android – ed.) The Kindle Fire is a media delivery device for all intents and purposes. Sure you can do some minor tablet tasks with it but this is clearly marketed for Amazon and a huge compliment to their ecosystem. I’ve said several times since news of the Amazon “Android Tablet” that Amazon is the only company in the world really prepared to deliver what they want.
Sure the Amazon Kindle Fire has a better internal processor than the Nook Color but Amazon is being mum on what version of Android they reverse engineered to create the experience. We’re also sure that the Kindle Fire will be rooted, almost immediately, but didn’t the same thing happen with the Nook Color. Yes, Android enthusiasts around the world know that the Nook Color is in fact an Android tablet and the Kindle Fire is also an Android tablet but the mainstream tech media is calling the Kindle Fire an Android tablet where as the Nook was just the Nook.
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Ok it may be safe to assume that many people purchased the Barnes & Noble Nook Color to do what it was intended for, and that of course is to read books. Of course we all know that many other people purchased the Barnes and Noble Nook Color to take advantage of the fact that there was a sub $300 Android tablet hidden under the Nook Color’s beautiful e-reader screen.
It didn’t take long for developers to root the Barnes & Noble Nook Color and immediately start running ROMs on it that made it look, act and function just like an Android tablet, most comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
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Barnes & Noble has realized they have a hit with their Nook Color E-reader (or tablet if you root). The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is one of the best selling e-readers ever.
When they originally released the Nook Color there was talk of opening up the SDK (Software Developer Kit) to app developers so that they could build apps to work on the device. Application developers can create both paid and unpaid apps that focus on and “enrich and extend the reading experience”.
We are going to go out on a limb here to tie this story to tech relevance. Here’s how: Borders sells Kobo’s, e-book readers which have an Android app. Their biggest competitor, Barnes & Noble, sells the Nook Color fully functional Android tablet once rooted, e-book reader. So here goes:
Border’s CEO Mike Edwards sent out an email a few minutes ago that announced to Border’s rewards members that they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. Borders has struggled after over expansion and a deal to purchase mall retail chains B.Dalton and Walden Books, never went in the right direction. Borders has also struggled with getting up to speed in the e-book space.
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There has been a lot of great news about the Nook Color lately. The most recent is that a developer over at XDA has a preliminary build of Android 3.0, Honeycomb, running on the device. Froyo has been on the Nook color for weeks and it has quickly become a favorite device among Android enthusiasts for it’s ease of gaining root access (which opens the door for modifications).
Well the Good E-Reader blog reported earlier in the day that Nook Colors were on back order all over the place. CNet then went searching for a Nook Color only to find that Best Buy was backordered and Barnes and Noble said orders would be fulfilled in two weeks.
Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color retails for $249.99 and because it is based on Android it can do the things most Android devices can do. However, Barnes and Noble runs it’s own proprietary UI on top of the Android platform which makes it into their e-reader. Because of this proprietary UI on top of the Android, the Nook Color, out of the box, is locked down to use only books purchased via Barnes and Noble. The fact that you have to get books from Barnes & Noble subsidizes the cost of an otherwise great Android tablet at an affordable price.
Almost instantaneously after the Nook Color went on sale, root access was gained and it wasn’t too much later that Froyo builds for the Nook Color were available. Now those with root access and Froyo running on the Nook Color have access to almost a full Android experience and can read whatever they want on it including books purchased from competitors like Kobo, Borders and Amazon.
Source: Good E-Reader
Insert Standard Honeycombness: Android 3.0, Honeycomb, is the next generation of Android. Andy Rubin has clearly stated it’s for tablets while Eric Schmidt has said it’s for phones as well. We expect to hear exactly what the plan is Wednesday when they officially release it to the media and the world with a little show and tell breakfast in Mountain View.
So you want the honeycomb goodness for almost half the price? Then get yourself a Nook Color from Barnes and Noble and wait just a little bit. It seems from following the threads that d_blue has ported an early version of Honeyomb to his nook color. He’s reported that it’s slow and he just got the touchscreen working but as everyone on XDA said it’s a great start.
For more follow the thread here and don’t ask when it will be ready.
If you have a Nook Color you probably purchased it because for $249 and a little rooting and flashing you have a GREAT Android tablet. The developers at XDA and other sites across the net have been working tirelessly on new Roms to flash onto the Nook Color. Today it was revealed via XDA that another great Froyo Rom is in development and a development build is ready, complete with instructions.
Cicada over at XDA writes “Nookie 0.5.9 is a development build for Froyo 2.2.1 for the Nook Color. This build is near-AOSP and contains almost no extra software not deemed required for the device to function normally. It is prerooted with SuperUser, busybox, and Softkeys v3.0.0 however, the eventual intention will be a build that other devs and users can easily fork and create their own custom builds, themes, roms, etc.:
Of course the build comes with the standard disclaimers and complete with instructions. Follow the link to more on Nookie here
and the instructions here
XDA members want to make sure credit is given to the right people also here are some additional links for ya
original steps from samuelhalff https://forum.xda-developers.com/show…94&postcount=2
nookdevs steps for creating nookie froyo sdcard:
nookie froyo thread:
nookdevs nookie froyo tips:
wipe nc to stock: (download the images and run the commands from an adb shell.)
Source: Android Community
The Barnes and Noble Nook Color won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday.
The Nook color won by a “landslide” out of the 200 hot new gadgets nominated in this yers “Last Gadget Standing” competition. Renowned technology expert Robin Raskin and the Technologizer’s Harry McCracken hosted the awards show on Saturday at CES.
The Nook Color is the second generation Nook e-reader device exclusively by Barnes and Noble and built on the Android operating system. The Android hack and modder community has embraced the Nook Color and of course rooted the device. Once rooted and modded the Barnes and Noble Nook Color becomes one of the best full color Android tablet.
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