Barnes & Noble gives up the ghost, will no longer manufacture Nook tablets

By Shawn Knight
Jun 25, 2013
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  1. Barnes & Noble on Tuesday announced they will no longer produce Nook tablets, shoring up recent rumors that such a move was imminent. The company made the decision in an effort to reduce losses in the Nook segment by limiting...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,835   +886

    Didnt MS invest a lot into Nook? I think they will be the one to help out.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,050   +699

    As an owner of a Nook Tablet, I completely understand why people haven't bought them. They had a nice little niche there going head to head with the Kindle Fire until the Nexus 7 came out. The Nook tablet didn't even ship with the Google Play store, and you couldn't even put it on there. You had to pay a couple bucks for apps that were normally free and the selection was very limited.

    Barnes and Noble tried to lock down the use of the tablet to make it a glorified eReader with a few tablet-like tricks instead of a normal tablet with a good eReader App. Luckily the advanced user could easily root the thing and then put the Play store on there which then allowed all normal Android Apps.

    It's a good lesson is why you shouldn't lock down your product to force people into using it the way the company wants. Just cause it works for Apple doesn't mean it's a good idea.
  4. Within the last coupe of months they changed the Nook so it does have Google Play and runs Android 4.0 with there UI on top of it. Google, Google Voice, and Google+ are there too.
  5. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 215   +46

    The whole tablet phenomenon is an irony and a proof that the market does not know best. Less than two years ago, Borders went out of business; analysts and stockholders fled because they had failed to "seize" the opportunity to create their own e-Reader like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    Damned if you do; damned if you don't. Borders' then-CEO is probably feeling just a ted better now, just a ted.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,580   +863

    So, "No-Nook of the North", ay?

    (And there you have it kids, a pun so bad, it should have been a crime. Perhaps even a felony).
    Vrmithrax likes this.
  7. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 887   +88

    you're like mind cancer, you're hurting my ideas.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,580   +863

    You're Welcome..!:)
  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,050   +699


    yeah, but a few years ago we also the stock market lose half it's value, and a few redundant big box sellers went out of business. Circuit City lost out to Best Buy, Linens and Things was lost to Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Borders lost to B&N. Yeah, the Borders CEO probably feels better, but I don't think a tablet could have saved them. People were spending far less money in 2008 and 2009 than they were in 2005 and 2006.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,580   +863

    But then too, I'm sure his "golden parachute" afforded him a softer landing than you or I would experience, even in the best of times.


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