Google Books vs Nook
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Latest news about Google Books and Nook:
04.04.17. Nook for Android gets Search by Voice. Barnes and Noble updated their Nook for Android e-reading and added a host of new features. The new version brings a number of notable enhancements such as search by voice, which searches your e-reader and the store for e-books. Just tap the microphone in the search bar, and tell NOOK what you’re looking to read. Besides, now you can create custom Quote Cards from your favorite highlights, choose a background and share via social media, email, or text message.
20.09.16. Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next. Google Books aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. The new feature called “Discover” is a new section in the Google Books application that will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as other recommendations based on what’s currently popular with the wider community. It will offer up new stories based on what you read on Google Books. However, it will also automatically suggest books that are mentioned in an article or mentioned in a video you watch, elsewhere in the app – like in the new “Weekly Highlights” section.
23.03.16. Barnes and Noble launched a new website. Barnes and Noble totally revised their online website and it looks great. The new site puts reading first, instead of pillows, scented candles and toys. The entire main page is full of great books, whether its the B&N Top 100 Books or book reviews done on their blog. There is also a bunch of image carousels that showcase new and notable Nook books and also books that are recommended to you based on past purchases. During a recent shareholders conference the new Barnes and Noble CEO Ron Boire said that his company is going to heavily focus on the modern web and make their website responsive on mobile phones and tablets.
04.03.16. Barnes and Noble is closing the Nook App and Video Store. Barnes and Noble is trying to stem the bleeding of the ailing Nook division by implementing cost cutting measures. This March they intend on closing the Nook App Store, Nook Video Store and the UK Nook e-book store. The closure of the app and video store will effect every single tablet Barnes and Noble has ever made. This includes the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, Nook HD+ and all of the Samsung for Nook branded devices. Barnes and Noble is encouraging everyone to gravitate to Google Play or a 3rd party app store. Barnes and Noble says that the closure of the app store is going to allow them to to concentrate their focus and efforts on their core digital content business, which are Books and Newsstand.
12.11.15. Barnes & Noble released Nook Audiobooks app. Barnes and Noble is getting serious about audiobooks. The company announced the release of the Nook Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad, as well as a new website, NOOKAudiobooks.com. The website has been designed to complement the apps, allowing customers access to a selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online with the ability to listen anywhere.The app allows customers to purchase the audiobook through the app without a subscription. The app also allows for free samples of any audiobook.
20.10.15. Google Books project ruled legal by U.S. appeals court. A decade-long legal battle looks to be finally coming to an end. A U.S. appeals court said that Google's book scanning project, Google Books, doesn't violate copyright law, Reuters reports. The decision comes after the Authors Guild, along with some non-guild-affiliated writers sued Google in 2005, claiming the company's project would negatively impact their revenue. The Authors Guild sued Google in 2005 claiming lost revenue, with a lower court in New York ruling in favor of Google in 2013. Google, for its part said its work would help increase author revenue by exposing potential customers to works they might not have been familiar with. The 2013 decision was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday, finding that Google's publishing of excerpts qualified as Fair Use and were in the public interest.
05.09.15. Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled new tablet Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK is a new 8-inch tablet blending Samsung’s elegant design and multi-tasking power with NOOK’s unparalleled reading and entertainment experience. It's the thinnest, lightest, ultra-fast device from the two companies and costs $399.99. An ultra-fast octa-core processor enables consumers to quickly jump between books, movies, apps and the web without lag. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK offers customers an impressive collection of digital content to explore from Barnes & Noble. The expansive NOOK Store’s reading and entertainment content offering includes over 4 million books including bestsellers, new releases, classics and enhanced titles with special content.
13.07.15. Barnes & Noble closes international Nook Store. The Digital Reader found an interesting email sent to international Nook users about the Nook app for Windows. International Nook users outside the US or the UK that their content will be removed from Windows machines and their money refunded. They will also no longer be able to open Nook books on their Windows devices. This is directly related to B&N’s buyout of Microsoft’s investment in the Nook store last December. It is unclear where the Nook is headed but it’s clear that it is currently rolling back partnerships in order to streamline what is now a shrinking business.
05.12.14. Barnes & Noble and Microsoft end their Nook partnership. Barnes & Noble today announced the termination of its agreement with Microsoft surrounding the Nook business. This comes alongside word that Nook device sales felt down 60% this year. The two companies entered into the partnership two years ago with Microsoft initially investing at least $300 million to create Nook Media. This partnership was created after B&N refused to pay Microsoft patent royalties for its Android-based readers. But nothing substantial ever materialized from the deal. Over the summer B&N teamed up with Samsung to produce a Nook-branded tablet. But apparently even Samsung couldn’t help the dying e-reader pioneer.
20.11.14. Nook launches Audiobook app for Android. Nook launches an audiobook app for Android users, sweetening the deal by bundling two free audiobook titles with first-time downloads of the new app for a limited time. Through an easy-to-use, simple shopping experience and high-quality listening experience, the new NOOK Audiobooks App offers the best audiobooks for adults and kids at great low prices, with free samples available on a wide selection of titles. Recall, earlier this month, Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription ebook platform in a move meant to give Amazon’s Audible a run for its money. Scribd also said it’s hoping to entice ebook readers to listen to more audiobooks, seeing the two markets as potentially complementary.
22.08.14. The new Nook is almost all Samsung Galaxy Tab. Barnes & Noble has announced the "the first ever full-featured Android tablet designed for reading" - Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support. To be clear, this is a Samsung device being sold in B&N stores with a bit of branding. In terms of partnerships it’s not a bad idea but it does suggest that dedicated Nook hardware is no longer a priority. Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is on sale today in stores and online for $179 after $20 rebate. This is the same price available online at Amazon and other retailers.
26.06.14. Barnes & Noble will dump its Nook business. Barnes & Noble has announced that it will separate its retail and NOOK businesses into two separate public companies. This separation is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the next calendar year. This news comes alongside B&N fourth quarter 2014 financial results where the Nook side of the company continued to drag down the rest of the company. After the split, the Nook business will no longer have the comfy life raft of Barnes & Noble. It will be sink or swim, and if the brand’s history is any indication, the Nook will not be treading water for very long. So, who knows, maybe Microsoft will acquire it quickly.
06.06.14. Samsung to make next Nook Tablet based on Galaxy Tab. As Barnes & Noble struggles to remain relevant in the ebook market, it’s turning to Samsung in hopes of boosting digital content sales. The company announced a partnership with Samsung that will bring co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets by early August. The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized NOOK software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.
2013. Barnes & Noble slashes Nook and book prices for Black Friday. Barnes & Noble is slashing the price of several Nook devices for Black Friday weekend. It's offering Nook Simple Touch at its lowest price ever of just $39 (down from $79). Barnes & Noble is also offering at least 50 percent off hundreds of best-selling Nook books. Also on Black Friday, Barnes & Noble will discount a number of "hot" Nook books to $2.99, including Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich, The Cider House Rules by John Irving, and Crewel by Gennifer Albin. If you're in need of accessories for your Nook, Barnes & Noble also has you covered. The company offers a $10 Industriell cover for Simple Touch and Simple Touch GlowLight devices, and 25 percent off other Nook HD accessories through Dec. 1.
2013. Google Books survives the copyright fight. The eight-year-long legal battle between Authors Guild and Google Books has finally come to the end. New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work. “Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay. Chin also rejected the theory that Google's online book database was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” The Authors Guild has now the option of appealing the ruling.
2013. Nook released new reading app for Windows 8. Barnes & Noble updated its NOOK App for Windows 8 that is now fully optimized to integrate the new features of the latest version Windows 8.1. The updated app includes a streamlined user interface, faster performance and some new features, including enhanced support for snap view and portrait ereader orientation, the ability to import files from SkyDrive, enhanced search, improved library organization and even better in-app support for customers. Now you can import ePub and PDF files from “My PC” & SkyDrive, with imported files appearing in the NOOK library and current reading page saved for imported items. Improved library organization featurs grouping by content type and integrated library search access.
2013. Barnes & Noble drops Nook tablets buy keeps manufacturing e-ink readers. Barnes & Noble said in its earnings report Tuesday that it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets in-house. It will create “a partnership model for manufacturing” those tablets, while continuing to develop e-ink readers in-house. “We plan to continue to innovate in the single purpose black-and-white e-reader category,” CEO William Lynch said in a statement. He also said that “the majority of the content sales come from non-tablets” and that e-readers have “been our primary customer acquisition vehicle for content.”
2013. Barnes & Noble kills Nook desktop apps. Today Apple has launched iBooks for Mac. And today Barnes & Noble has dropped support for the Mac and PC (pre Windows 8) versions of the Nook standalone reader software, and now directs users to the web-based version instead. It’s not a perfect replacement, because a huge percentage of Nook e-books unsupported as not all titles in the store support the web-based version of the application. This means that Barnes & Noble’s efforts around e-books officially now trail Amazon’s in terms of cross-platform access, but it’s likely B&N is setting its sights on another goal - of becoming a player in the low-cost tablet space with Nook hardware, as it has recently introduced features that both add Play store functionality to the Nook HD line, and unlock key missing features like a browser for the Simple Touch, making them more than just e-readers.
2013. Barnes & Noble integrates Google Play into Nook tablets. Barnes & Noble is adding Google Play marketplace (including apps, music, videos and ebooks) and Google services (Google+, GMail, Youtube, Maps) to its Nook HD and HD+ tablets. As you know, Nook-tablets are Android-based, but this move seems a bit odd for a company that has a strategic partnership with Microsoft. However, Jim Hilt, Barnes & Noble’s VP of ebooks, said that the aim is to provide broader media ecosystem to Nook tablet users and B&N isn’t worried about Google books: “We’re incredibly confident that when people pick up a Nook device, they’re going to use the Nook shopping experience” he said.
2012. Nook for Windows 8 is here. But it's dissapointing. Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have finally released the much awaited Nook e-reader app for Windows 8 (Metro) and it's already available in the Windows Store here. Interestingly, this app (that could be pre-installed in Windows 8) is neither shown on the Windows Store front page, neither on the eBooks section frontpage, neither in the list of recommended apps. It only takes (at that moment) the #4 position in the New Releases section. Meanwhile the main competitor - Kindle is the second recommended app in the eBooks section. According to the first reviews (that basically come from existing Nook users), the app is quite buggy and lacks some useful functions, available in Nook tablets and other Nook apps. But it's just the first release, so we should be patient.