Readers can now browse Pinterest as well as books using the new Pinterest app for NOOK eReaders that was released today on the Barnes & Noble app store.
Pinterest is now available in Barnes & Noble’s Nook app store. The app will come preloaded on Nook devices along with Twitter and Facebook apps. Existing owners can download the Pinterest app for free from the Nook Store.
“Pinterest has long been one of our most requested apps and we are thrilled to bring it to NOOK, along with the Twitter and Facebook for NOOK apps,” said Claudia Romanini, VP of Nook Apps at Nook Media, in a statement. “Our goal is to bring NOOK users the very best in social media and these apps will bring to life the rich sharing experiences that Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter offer.”
Nook has been expanding its app offerings over the past month. Last month, Barnes & Noble announced that developers will be able to add in-app purchase features to apps sold in the Nook app store beginning this month.
Nook Media, Barnes & Noble’s digital arm, is running a promotion on its Nook HD+, the company’s 9-inch high-def tablet. Today through Monday, March 11, customers who purchase a Nook HD+ will get a $50 credit in their Nook account to purchase digital content. The promotion is good for sales online and in stores.
Here is more from the press release: “The $50 credit will load to a customer’s NOOK account within 3-10 days of registering that account to the new NOOK HD+. The free $50 credit must be used within 30 days of posting to a customer’s NOOK account.” The Nook HD+ costs $269 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version.
Yesterday, Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio revealed that he would like to buy Barnes & Noble’s retail business. This would not include Nook Media, which the company established as its own entity back in October.
Publishing company Pearson has agreed to invest $89.5 million in cash in Barnes & Noble’s digital content company Nook Media. Nook Media is currently valued at about $1.789 billion, which gives Pearson a 5 percent equity stake in the business. Pearson brings expertise in online learning and digital content to the table.
Here is more from a Barnes & Noble press release: “Following the closing of the transaction, Barnes & Noble will now own approximately 78.2% of the Nook Media subsidiary and Microsoft, which also holds preferred membership interests, will own approximately 16.8%. Subject to certain conditions, Pearson will earn the option to purchase up to an additional five percent ownership in Nook Media.”
“We formed Nook Media to be a leader in the exploding market for digital content,” explained William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, in a statement. ”Pearson is a forward thinking company similarly focused on reading and learning, with powerful assets and a terrific management team. We welcome their partnership in Nook Media, and look forward to working with them and Microsoft to deliver great digital experiences for our shared customers.”
Barnes & Noble wants you to buy eBooks this year, so much so that the retailer is offering a pretty sweet deal on select eBooks this weekend.
If you buy an eBook for yourself, you’ll get a free digital copy of the title to gift to your friend. The deal is in-store only.
Check it out: “Customers can purchase one qualifying NOOK Book from a list of 20 bestselling titles – ranging from The Hobbit toThe Life of Pi – and then select a title from that list to instantly gift to a recipient of their choice at no cost.” The deal is good through December 24th.
Cyber Monday Deals: How to Find the Best Online Sales and Save Some Major Green (The Huffington Post/Reuters)
In a one-day blitz of shopping, consumers are expected to empty their wallets of more than $1 billion on Cyber Monday, the online shopping spree on Nov. 26, according to spending projections from research firm comScore. Cyber Monday 2012 may offer the best deals on technology products this year, said Brian Hoyt, senior writer for RetailMeNot.com, a coupon code site.
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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 has dropped the price on its Nook Tablet and Nook Color devices. An 8GB Nook Tablet is now $179, $20 cheaper than the device’s previous price of $199. The price drop undercuts Amazon, a 6GB Kindle Fire tablet is $199. In addition, the 16GGB version of the Nook Tablet is now $199.
The Nook Color has also gotten a price drop to $149.
To help encourage back-to-school sales, Barnes & Noble has also been pushing its Nook Tablet devices by giving away kids eBooks with the purchase of the device as part of the Nook Kids Summer Reading Program. Currently, Barnes & Noble is giving away a collection of Disney eBooks to customers who purchase a Nook Tablet through September 2nd.
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.
Barnes and Noble’s $139 e-ink touch screen Nook ereader is not a full Android tablet like the Nook Color. It does, however, have a partially functional web browser that is hidden through obscurity according to The-eBook-Reader.com.