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Significant layoffs hit Barnes & Noble's Nook engineering department

By Shawn Knight ยท 7 replies
Feb 10, 2014
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  1. Barnes & Noble has laid off what is believed to be a large portion of its Nook hardware engineering team. The staffers were sent packing last Thursday according to a source as reported by Business Insider and comes just a...

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  2. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 134   +28

    You know, that's great and all, I can understand issues competing with hardware. But how about getting some Nook clients out there? Like for Windows Phaone 7 and 8?
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    It just cant compete with Amazon...
  4. Their nooks can compete. I have one nook hd+ and is impressive than it only cost 149. It is a mix of the ipad 2 and 3 hardware with the resolution of a retina screen, and you can get one new for 149 (I think it has the same hardware as the previous kindle fire hd and cost a lot less)

    Also their nook simple touch and the glowlight has better hardware for the price than the kindle readers. For example the simple touch has touch screen and is cheaper than the cheapest kindle than doesn't have touch screen and has the same screen (And the simple touch was $39 on black friday)
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,489   +3,483

    Having decent specs isn't competing -- you have to run the race (sales), too. By the looks of it, they aren't anywhere close to being competitive.
  6. I know, they have some books more expensive than amazon.
  7. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Love my nook HD.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Kindle Fire maybe, the Nook was never a competitor with an iPad. The Nook was half the size and 1/3 the price of an ipad.

    The problem with the Nook was it didn't come with the Google Play store. You could only get apps from B&N's app store, which charged you for stuff that was free on the Play store (If I remember right they wanted $4 for Netflix). I have a Nook tablet and it's used daily in my house, but I had to root it and load a custom ROM. It was very easy to root, but it's a bit silly to have to completely reload new software to use your tablet the way you want.

    I don't know if the Kindle Fire had proprietary software that kept out a lot of the good things about Android, but the Nook caused a few of their own problems.

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