Getting NOOKy: B&N Encourages Students to Study with E-textbooks

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Just in time for back-to-college, Barnes & Noble announced today the August 2010 release of NOOKstudy, a free software application designed to help students use and manage all of their electronic resources and study aids. Despite the name, the application is for computers -– no Nook required. The new NOOKstudy will allow students to organize their class …

E-Readers Versus the World

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg To those looking for an e-reader –- you may already have one. E-reader software has allowed electronic books to be read on mobile phones for some time. Now, Chronicle Books, together with Mobifusion, have partnered to provide Chronicle content exclusively to mobile phones. Seven of the publisher’s titles on health and sexuality that were originally printed as …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers Part II: Amazon Strikes Back

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg It’s on. In response to Barnes and Noble’s price reduction on its Nook e-reader, Amazon.com Inc. quickly slashed the price on its Kindle, reported the Wall Street Journal. Barnes and Noble announced this morning that the Nook with 3G connectivity will now retail for $199, down from $259. Hours later, Amazon knocked its previously-$259 basic Kindle to …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers: Nook Wi-Fi Priced at $149

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Barnes & Noble has a new Nook e-reader, the Nook Wi-Fi. Priced competitively at $149, the Nook Wi-Fi does not have 3G access, but still includes the eInk screen and color touch screen for navigation. B&N also announced that it will lower the price of the 3G Nook to $199. The Kobo eReader recently became available on …

Inside the Nook

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The new Barnes & Noble Nook device has been dissectedby some industrious hackers. What they found is that the entire system software—a variation of Android 1.5—was installed on a microSD card. What this means is that another industrious hacker is likely to be able to “jailbreak” the Nook, opening it up to all kinds of customizations, such …

Global Trade Talk: Digital Mag Newsstand to Launch Next Week; Nook Gets Mixed Reviews; B&T and Blackwell Swap Companies

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Magazine publishers News Corp., Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst and Meredith, are forming a consortium and funding a project to create “a reading application, a ‘robust’ publishing platform, a digital storefront for consumers and a new line-up of ‘immersive advertising opportunities,’” says the Financial Times. The project will launch next week, says The Guardian. Though products, such …