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Nook Goes HD to Face Off With Kindle (CNET)
Barnes & Noble added two Nooks to the tablet family that have better screens and faster processors. There’s the 7-inch Nook HD (starting at $200 with 8 GB) and 9-inch Nook HD+ (starting at $270 with 16 GB). San Francisco Chronicle The largest U.S. bookstore chain’s new devices will take on Amazon.com’s updated Kindle Fire announced Sept. 6. The online retailer, which also pitched its new devices as a cheaper competitor to the iPad, starts its 7-inch tablet at $199 and an 8.9-inch at $299. Bloomberg Businessweek In the United States, the tablets can be pre-ordered, starting Wednesday, and will ship in late October. They will become available in the United Kingdom in late November. Boston Herald Consumers will soon have another mobile video streaming service to consider, with Barnes & Noble announcing a new product that analysts say could create problems for Netflix. Though the company declined to offer pricing details for Nook Video, which won’t be a subscription service like Netflix, Barnes & Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating indicated they will rival other offerings. Reuters In many ways, Barnes & Noble, which operates nearly 700 stores, has defied expectations. It beat Amazon to the marketplace with touchscreen devices and a color reader in recent years, and won plaudits from reviewers this year for its glow-in-the-dark Nook that allows someone to read with the lights off so as not to disturb others. Read more

Barnes & Noble Is Giving Teen eBooks With Nook Tablet Purchase

Just as Google is shipping its Nexus 7, Barnes & Noble is upping its game and giving a bonus to customers who purchase a Nook Tablet — the book retailer’s competing tablet.

Those consumers who buy the company’s tablet eReader will receive a free collection of eBooks for kids.

The promo is a part of the book retailer’s “Nook Kids Summer Reading Program,” which is designed to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Today through August 5 is for readers aged 12 and up and includes the books: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la CruzAngel Burn by L. A. WeatherlyThe Enemy by Charlie Higson; and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

The promotion, which is only good for purchases in physical stores, is part of a series that targets different age groups. Beginning August 6 through September 2, Barnes & Noble will give away a selection of Disney picture books aimed at younger readers.

Barnes & Noble’s New Nook Color Tablet To Come With Netflix Installed

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Barnes & Noble introduced their new Nook Tablet yesterday, announcing that it not only features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage with the option to add 32GB of extra storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, but will also come with Netflix pre-installed, along with other media apps including Hulu, Pandora, MOG and Rhapsody.

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Apple Has Not Taken Over E-Books

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When Apple first announced the iPad, there were some people who stated that the iPad spelled the death of the Amazon Kindle and other dedicated eBook devices. It is more than a year later and Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo are still selling dedicated eBook devices. Amazon is selling a ton of Kindles, and Barnes and Noble has been the surprise, gaining recognition for selling sophisticated devices at reasonable prices.
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