In an earlier post, I wrote:
It’s US$99 again. (And yes, Barnes & Noble would be stupid enough to raise the price again on Christmas Week, so don’t count on this price past the 19th.)
Photo taken Christmas Eve at a Barnes & Noble store:
I bugged the President of Kobo, Michael Tamblyn, on Twitter:
And, believe it not, he replied. Because he’s a great guy.
At Mobileread forums, TheDudeJoe:
Got another update.
Software Version 18.104.22.168
Platform Version 45.1.8_user
now under Settings > Account & Profile there is a “Adobe DRM Settings option.
There I added my Adobe ID, but still can’t get the NOOK to show up in ADE
Nook Glowlight Plus: Updated For Adobe Digital Editions?
And. at about 8:08, it demonstrates the backdoor to the unofficial sorta web browser.
Over the the Good e-Reader site is this interesting comment:
Barnes and Noble has released an update. The reader is now compatible with ADE and libraries.
Software Update 45.1.4. They are rolling it out gradually.
I’m unable to confirm this at post time because, as usual, B&N’s Internet skills are a stinking pile of incompetent shit:
I’ll update this post if I can confirm this rumor.
Anyone who wants to get a better idea of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 by being able to actually hold it should stop in a Barnes & Noble. Their tablets aren’t clamped down as they are at Best Buy.
But be prepared for a frustrating run-in with the same damned Samsung Retail apps that clog up the tablet and end test sessions as at Best Buy. I was doing this post there, had it in progress, when the Retail app killed my session and I lost the entire post. I was never even able to successfully re-connect with WordPress!
Now the screens…
This is the first word, behind a paywall.
More to follow and I will update this post.
Same-day update: The trouble with paywalls is the inability to get the whole story. And the whole story is that the Nook is not dead. Ownership was transferred from one corporate entity — Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. — to another corporate entity, Barnes & Noble, Inc.. Mere paperwork. The Nook business is not dead. Yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes away in 2016, after it’s been milked dry for the 2015 holiday sales.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets
The companies are expected to introduce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores across the U.S. and online at bn.com, one of the leading e-commerce sites.
Kobo objects to potentially “devastating” Competition Bureau agreement on agency pricing
By analogy, in the US, when Agency Lite was brought into existence, Kobo saw its net revenues steadily decline. Kobo has since stopped investing in marketing in the US, closed its office in Chicago and is focusing on other markets. Its market share and revenues are now negligible there.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Well, there it is. What I’ve thought was the case for at least the past year.
B&N’s Nook division goes into a death-spiral of losses.
Sony pulls out and sends it eBook customers to Kobo.
Now Kobo is saying it has basically written off the American market.
That leaves Amazon as undisputed winner.
Tell me again how ePub 3 is going to save everyone from Amazon…