Skip to comments.Barnes & Noble may split off Nook business (Liberal bookseller preparing for Chapter 11?)
Posted on 01/05/2012 6:14:02 AM PST by jimbo123
Bookstore owner Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) on Thursday said it is considering splitting off its Nook electronic reader business, which has been the main growth engine for the company.
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yes most likely...of course maybe the Nook is part of the problem? BN is also suffering with those prime lease locations...I bet their landlords are taking a beating right now, as well.....
Call me old fashioned. I like books without batteries.
The ebook business, last I knew, had lousy margins for etailers. The publishers are the folks making money there. And the superstore model for bookstores is nuts.
Have no sympathy for the lefty groups / outfits that want to shove socialism in our faces. Notice every time you go into those BN stores - the lefty authors are all in prominent places? That’s why I stopped going there. I will NOT promote or support left leaning in your face stores.
It’s kind of like the lefty newspapers all going down hill or look at the success of the liberal talk show hosts. All I can say is HA HA. you reap what you sow. How foolish for these folks to think conservatives will continue to support such dribble.
Barnes and Noble is the Best Buy of bookstores. I won’t shed a tear if they get what’s coming to them.
I used to get great deals at Borders with the coupons they always gave out. I still miss them.
Those great deals were one of the reasons Borders went belly up.
They cant beat the library price!
I like our local Barnes and Nobel, and would hate to see it go.
Oh, I know, but still...being able to walk into the store and use a coupon to buy a CD for about the same price as Amazon was really nice.
I hope this last brick and mortar makes it. Why would they have such a hard time? The stores are always bustling, and seem to do more business than the other big stores next to them (PetSmart, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods)?
Thank you and you’re welcome! If you pay taxes, you pay the library price!
Don't get me started on public libraries. I once asked for budget info from ours and was told taxpayers are NOT entitled to that info. I had to threaten to get a lawyer.
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to sound snarky :-)
I do too and resisted the allure of the e-book for a long time, but I just received a Kindle Touch from my husband for Christmas, and it’s wonderful. I have downloaded dozens of books for free or a dollar or two (I received $30 in a gift certificate from Amazon from the in-laws and have only spent $5 so far, LOL). I downloaded all of Shakespeare’s works for $2, Jane Austen’s entire works for 99 cents. I have a great Catholic Bible at my fingertips.
For my mother-in-law, who has had two spinal surgeries and can’t lift anything very heavy, her Kindle is a godsend, epecially since she is an avid reader. My mom likes hers since she loves long novels and doesn’t have to tote around a book everywhere she goes. We visit family a lot (4-6 hour drives depending on who we go stay with), and now I don’t have to drag a big old bookbag when we get in the car.
It has its drawbacks, to be sure. Since it’s still a relatively new thing, the number of copies of an e-book a library has is limited, and waiting lists can be long—but you don’t have to go pick it up when it’s ready. It has to be charged from time to time. However, the cost has come way down on Kindles and you can pick up something that holds 3500 books for around $100. I could have magazines and newspapers delivered on it if I choose.
So while I still love my massive bookshelves in the sitting room filled with who knows how many volumes of everything from history to religion to kids’ stories, I am already seeing the advantages to my Kindle.
I like Barnes & Nobles, too. I was sorry to see Borders go. I’v thought about getting a Nook or a Kindle, but don’t want another gadget that’ll one day be obsolete and can’t be used.
Locally, both Borders and ‘books-a-million’ have closed shop. Now I have to drive 15 minutes to get to a B&N. I would have no place to go to purchase books in person within a reasonable distance(driving in traffic) - And I’m only life 15 west of DC.
I purchased a Nook Color in early 2011, when it was on sale on B&N ebay site, for $200. I then “rooted” it, meaning I enabled all the functionality of a android tablet, instead of the locked down state it comes from B&N. It’s been a fantastic purchase, and I don’t see it being obsolete anytime soon, because of this.
OK Mr Rooter Name me five features you “unlocked” that you use regularly.
Generally on my Nook I've gotten free or very low priced classics (like $1 or $2 for 25 books) or books on sale I wouldn't have bought otherwise. Also I download anything available on B&N's free Friday. If I'm going to spend $5 or more on a book, I want something that I can either sell, give away or keep forever. Nook and Kindle books don't meet the first two and are questionable on the last. Also my first generation nook isn't quite as readable as a book. I don't know if it my eyes or just the screen not being as high resolution as paper, but I find I can read paper a lot faster than a screen.
And for those who like stuff free, http://hunt4freebies.com/20-free-nook-books/ lists 20 of B&N's Classics series for free. Ten are free now anyway, but ten are special "kickstart" editions which look the same as the normal version, but have a different UPC and don't show up in B&N searches.
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