Nook Press self-publishing tool expands to global markets

Barnes & Noble's Nook Press, a self-publishing tool for aspiring authors, has expanded its footprint in international markets.

Nook Press is now available in authors and publishers in the UK, France, and Germany, among other European countries, Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday. Nook authors can upload their titles for sale on Nook devices and through Barnes & Noble's e-reader apps. Authors share the revenue with Barnes & Noble, with royalty rates based on list price. All authors are paid in their local currency.

Barnes & Noble launched its self-publishing tool last year to compete with Amazon and … Read more

Nook sales plummet 50%, but loss narrows

Barnes & Noble's Nook business seems to be on life support.

The company reported on Wednesday that the Nook division saw sales drop 50.4 percent in the fiscal third quarter ended January 25, from $316 million last year to $156.9 million this time around. Despite the revenue drop, the Nook business saw an improvement in its earnings, jumping 67.5 percent from a loss of $190.4 million in last year's third fiscal quarter to a loss of $61.8 million during its most recent period.

The chief culprit in the Nook decline was hardware itself. … Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat now available for Nook owners

Is your Nook tablet feeling a little long in the tooth? Before you ditch it in favor of something newer, consider your upgrade options.

Specifically, your OS upgrade options. It may surprise you to learn that almost any Barnes & Noble Nook tablet can run the latest version of the Android operating system, 4.4 KitKat.

That's thanks to N2A Cards, which offers both downloadable and MicroSD versions of its plug-and-play Android deployment for Nook tablets. The company just announced the availability of KitKat for the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, and Nook HD+. (For the moment, competitors … Read more

Barnes & Noble announces abysmal holiday Nook sales

Barnes & Noble's Nook business had a rough holiday season.

Total Nook revenue, which includes digital content, device, and accessories sales, reached $125 million for the nine-week holiday season that ended December 28, the bookseller announced on Thursday. That's down 60.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Barnes & Noble was especially hurt by Nook device and accessories sales, which fell 66.7 percent year over year. The company blamed the decline on fewer sales and lower average selling prices. Digital content sales were $36.5 million for the holiday period, a 27.3 percent … Read more

How to give an e-book as a gift

There's something wonderful about gifting someone with a book you read and loved, knowing they'll dive in to the same world you explored through text on a page.

These days, you're likely to find that friends are instead reading their books on an e-reader like the Nook, Kindle, or iPad, a transition that seemingly makes book-gifting a challenge. After all, you can't put a bow on an intangible file.

Gifting someone with an e-book is a lot easier than it seems, but will vary depending on which e-reading device he or she owns. Once you find … Read more

Barnes & Noble's Nook limps into holidays with weak earnings

Barnes & Noble's Nook operation continues its steep decline.

The Nook business, which includes Barnes & Noble's devices, e-books, and accessories, lost $45.2 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) during the company's second fiscal quarter ended October 26, according to an earnings release from the bookseller on Tuesday. That's slightly better than the $51.4 million Nook lost last year.

The Nook operation generated $108.7 million in second-quarter revenue, a 32.2 percent decrease compared to the $160.3 million in revenue the Nook business generated in the same period … Read more

Nook app for Windows 8.1 travels around the world

Barnes & Noble has expanded its Nook app to 32 countries and 21 different languages.

Previously only available to Windows 8.1 users in the US, the app on Monday found new homes in Australia, Canada, and an array of European countries. Customized storefronts with local books, magazines, and other content are available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.

Users can sign into the app with a B&N Nook account or a Microsoft account. The app itself takes advantage of Windows 8.1 with a screen that displays your … Read more

Black Friday deal week: Manic Monday

This is going to be a crazy week. Already over the weekend I've seen a Dell laser printer with Wi-Fi for $29.99 (already sold out), a 16GB iPad Air for $449 (also sold out), and so on. Stores are really taking this "early Black Friday" thing to heart, so the deals are coming fast and furious -- and, unsurprisingly, selling out quickly.

That's why I'm going to devote this week to as many sweet deals as I can find, starting with this one:

Cheap e-reader

I first spotted this yesterday, so I don't … Read more

Build your own phone with Project Ara

CNET Update takes a modular approach:

In this episode of Update:

- Take an early look at the customizable phones Motorola is working on with Project Ara.

- Hear why an optional earbud will be an improvement to Google Glass.

- Find out how Facebook may be tracking your cursor on the network.

- Get a free Samsung tablet with a Samsung phone at AT&T.

- Check out the new Nook GlowLight e-reader by Barnes & Noble.


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Freebie Tuesday: 50 photo prints, Mad Magazine, a DVD ripper, and more!

Yesterday's flash-drive giveaway met with some skepticism, and in hindsight I agree it was a little too much hoop-jumping for too little reward. That said, I still think cashback services are the bomb, and I hope you're able to put TopCashback or an equivalent to good use.

Today, I've rounded up some freebies that don't involve driving anywhere* or waiting on rebates. So keep that credit card in your wallet and read on!

*OK, one of the freebies does involve a trip to your local Target. But you were headed there anyway, right?

1. Mad Magazine … Read more