Barnes & Noble releases two new Nook devices

New Nook tabletsBarnes & Noble, the United States biggest bookstore chain, has released their new line of Nook tablets a few months before the holiday season.

The 7-inch Nook HD tablet and the 9-inch variant will hit the shelves before Apple releases their latest iPad.

The company faces tough competition from other tablet makers, including Amazon and the iPad which have been leading the tablet race for quite some time.

The 7-inch Nook HD boasts of an 8GB memory and will retail at $199, while the 9 inch Nook HD will have a 32GB memory and will be priced at $299.

The new Nook tablets will have a feature that will enable every member of the family access to the device. If you have young children who love to read ebooks, you can prevent them from reading R-rated novels by tweaking the parental controls.

Barnes & Noble first launched their nook device back in 2009 and has since revolutionized the device. The Nook has about 30% of the US ebook market.

Pre-orders for the latest Nook will begin today and shipping will start on October and will hit the shelves of American stores this November.

So what will you choose: the iPad, Nook or Kindle?

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Walmart stops selling Amazon products

Amazon has faced a few setbacks in recent years. But Walmart’s decision to stop selling Amazon products may deal a big blow to the American retail and electronics company.

According to a spokesperson of Walmart, “Recently, Walmart Stores, Inc. made a business decision to not carry current Amazon products beyond our purchase commitments and existing inventory.”

“Our customers trust us to provide a broad assortment of products at everyday low prices, and we approach every merchandising decision through this lens,” he added.

The order to stop selling Amazon products was delivered to store managers last Wednesday. This includes all the Kindle devices.

The reason to pull out Amazon products in their stores is strictly business decision.

The Walmart spokesperson added, “We will continue to offer our customers a broad assortment of tablet, eReaders and accessories at a variety of great price points. This decision is consistent with our overall merchandising strategy.”

Target has also decided to pull the plug on selling the Kindles. This is the second big company to do so.

Walmart still continues to sell Barns & Noble Nook, Apple’s iPad and other tablets.

Do you think this would greatly affect the sales of Amazon products most especially that the Holiday season is just around the corner?


Barnes and Noble partners with skobbler to bring ForeverMap 2 to Nook

Tablet manufacturer Barnes and Noble is going to enter a new frontier, as the company is going to add maps through map service provider skobbler in their Nook tablets.

Barnes and Noble is partnering with the German based map provider to bring skobbler’s ForeverMap 2 app to their Nook app marketplace.

The ForeverMap 2 basic is a free download, while the paid version is available for $4.99 which gives to he user access to offline access for the map app.

Barnes and Noble currently relies on Google Web maps for navigation purposes. Nook tablets, including the Nook Color, don’t have built in GPS capabilities.

The ForeverMap 2 app uses WiFi to access data for the map. That is why you have to pay for the offline use of the app.

Barnes and Noble director of developer relations Claudia Romanini said that their partnership with skobbler “signals a brand new opportunity for nook app developers to create location aware apps, products and services that help our millions of Nook Tablet and Nook Color customers experience and navigate their physical surroundings in unique and innovative ways.”

Barnes and Noble realizes that without built-in GPS capabilities, their Nook tablets have a big drawback in them. Hopefully they’d develop a new Nook in the future with a built-in capability.

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Your Nexus 7 pre-order may soon be at your doorstep

Good news to those who have pre-ordered their Google Nexus 7 tablets from Google Play. It seems like you will be receiving your device soon as an automated phone message on Google’s support line is saying that shipment for those who have pre-ordered the Nexus 7 have already begun.

The message says that pre-orders are scheduled to ship within the next three days. If your Nexus 7 tablet is shipped, you will receive an email confirmation and the tracking number of the package.

The Nexus 7 tablet is priced at $199 and is being pitted against the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and the Nook Tablet of Barnes & Noble.

The Nexus 7 is pre-installed with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and has access to all the apps in Google’s Play Store and from Amazon.

Compared with other tablets in the market, the Nexus 7 packs a higher resolution screen and a faster processor.

But if you check the Google Play page, it says that the Nexus 7 will be shipped weeks from now, specifically 1-2 weeks.

The Nexus 7 tablet was designed to have a better battery life. Google says that owners can enjoy up to 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing experience and 10 hours of e-reading for one single charge.

Let’s see what Google has to offer then!

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Barnes & Noble to release new Nook eBook reader in spring

The New York Times published an article last Sunday regarding Barnes & Nobles taking on Amazon. It stated that they are “putting the final touches on their (Barnes & Noble’s) fifth e-reading device, a product that executives aid would be released sometime this spring”.

Unfortunately, the popular newspaper wasn’t able to get any comment from a representative from the company.

This could possibly be a new tablet. It can also be an affordable e-ink e-reader that can retail to about $50. Or it could even be an e-reader that has a Qualcomm power-efficient Mirasol color display that is now being used by e-readers in Korea and China.

Can this new e-reader be a part of the Nook’s launch outside US? Barnes & Noble is rumored to making this gamble and the Times article said that it is “expected to be a Waterstones bookstores in Britain.” Though they haven’t revealed any date as of yet but at least there is some glimmer of hope that its release could have this new feature.

It’s good to note that Barnes & Noble will continue to redesign their stores. This according to CEO William Lynch. They will investing in smaller stores and eliminate DVD and music sections while not completely removing them from their line-up as they will only move it to other stores.

Apple to release two bigger iPads?

As long as the Cupertino-based company isn’t releasing an official statement as to what they will be coming up next, the rumor mill won’t stop churning. This time however, its spawning twins.

Yes, you read that right. Speculations now center on Apple releasing two versions of  next-generation iPads next year as reported by DigiTimes.  These will reportedly target the mid- and high-end markets while the existing IPad 2 will be positioned to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Nook.

Apparently, Apple wont be settling for smaller versions of iPad. DigiTimes also reports that the new models will be sporting 9.7-inch screens instead of the 7.85-screen that they already have. These screens will feature QXGA resolution as well as two light bars to increase brightness.

Richard Shim, a DisplaySearch analyst, has already reported last month that Apple is going to this QXGA direction. “It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There’s three suppliers.”

As always, we really can’t say for any certainty what these guys will be coming up. We’ll have to wait for when these devices will be supposedly unveiled on January at the iWorld conference.

Seven-inch tablet LCDs outsell 9.7-inch panels

A report from Taiwan’s DigiTimes claims that purchases from 7-inch panels has surpassed orders for 9.7-inch LCD panels. This indicates that smaller tablets like the Kindle Fire and the Nook tablet has increased their production.

Shipments for the smaller LCD panels reportedly grew by 17 percent in November. So does this mean that Apple is losing their thrown to its smaller competitors?

Maybe not.

The report also explains that the purchases for 9.7-inch panels have decreased as Apple is readying to migrate to their next generation iPad (iPad 3 maybe?) which are supposedly slated for release early next year. 

“As for 9.7-inch panel, due to Apple reportedly being ready to launch the next-generation iPad in the first half of 2012, the company’s purchasing of the panel for the existing model dropped in November, but may start pick up again as the company will need to prepare panels for the new models,” the report read.

But although this might be true, Apple would not be relaxing their reins still as Amazon’s tablet has definitely carved their share of users and already surpassing the millionth mark in sales.

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iPad 3 to be launched in February 2012

Well, at least that’s what one analyst says.

Richard Gardner, a Citi analyst, sent a research note stating that “several sources” indicates that Apple will be launching iPad 3 as much as a month earlier than the release of iPad 2 last year.

“[T]here do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining,” Gardner wrote in the note first found by the Business Insider.

According to Gardner, the iPad 3 will have twice the resolution of the iPad 2. Now considering the already-very-brilliant display of the latter, that is indeed something to look forward to.

Apple is still on the top spot when we talk of tablets, but it cannot also be denied that more affordable tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are slowly gaining popularity. If Apple will indeed be releasing their most innovative tablet technology, then the company will probably gain back whatever market share they have lost to other tablets. Of course, older versions of the iPad will have their price reduced, so more consumers can afford it.

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Tablets make shopping easier

What’s good about technology these days is that it makes life easier for us. Instead of long ques and other difficulties that we normally experience while shopping, technology now enables us to do things while we sit in the confines of our wonderful abode. We need not pay more for toll and parking fees and other unnecessary expenses added.

Tablets like Kindle Fire, the Nook and the iPad gives us the ability to browse through selections of books, music and even video and the best part is it can be delivered right in your door step.

Developers of these tablets have added the capability to send gifts to their software. Though different brands have different systems, once thing is for sure. It can be done.

Here’s a look on how some devices can help ease your shopping experience

 Barnes & Noble

  • Has the Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color and the latest Nook Tablet in their line-up.
  • Has Instant Gifting feature on its website that enables users to send apps or Ebooks through e-mail.


  • Since its inception in 2010, the iPad has gotten majority of the tablet users on their side.
  • Downloading iTunes enables users to send audio books, apps, music and videos as gifts.


  • Has devices such as such as Kobo Touch, Kobo Wi-Fi and Kobo Vox that enables users to have access to the Web, e-mail, music, video and a ton of Android apps.
  • Ebooks can be purchased to send as gifts which can come with a personalized Kobo holiday e-mail that can be delivered on a specific date.
  • Has eGift Cards and recipients of gifts can view their eBooks through their Apple gadgets, Blackberry, Androids and other compatible devices.

Kindle: Most gifted item in Amazon


Before, a lot of people thought ebooks will never really be a hit and ebook readers aren’t a necessity. All of that changed with the introduction of Amazon’s Kindle.

For the first time ever, Amazon shoppers on Christmas day bought more books for their Kindles then they did the traditional paperbacks and hard-bounds.

Usually, on Christmas day, people are out there opening their received presents, not buying stuff. This time however, people who received the Kindle – and that’s a lot – immediately went to Amazon’s online store to purchase at least one ebook to try out their new gadget.

And just to show how much the Kindle has become a main-stream product, Amazon says the ebook reader is the “the most gifted item in Amazon’s history”.

Hmmn, I wonder how did its main competition – Barnes & Noble’s Nook – do during the holidays?