Barnes & Nobles has built a successful digital business with Nook, but its success has been predicated on the key assets it may lose in its potential spin-off. Besides its stores, the company has a strong channel relationship with publishers that wouldn't necessarily carry over if nook became a standalone business.
Does the company as its considering a spin-off, has the resources necessary to undertake international expansion, an investment that will become imperative as its competitors such as Amazon?
why buy an e-reader, when a more fully functional tablet can serve that purpose, and much more?
@Eldredge, there are lot of advantages of an e-reader over tablet. e-readers are intended to make avid book readers feel as if they are reading a printed paper page. And since there is no backlight required in the eReader,they dont cause eye-strain.
t.alex: I know that e-books can be accessed from a number of sites/providers, including B&N and Amazon. What I am not sure of, and will investiagte, is how the licensing and digital rights are handled. Or possibly readers can help? In other words, does an e-book provider/device maker have to license Steven King's books, or does the publisher handle this? I'm sure it's easy to find out, I just haven't looked into it. To your earlier point, I'm still a fan of print, particulalrly when traveling. There is a "read it and trade it in" system in airport bookstores that I like--and since I am a fast reader, I can read something from point A and trade in in at point B. I know e-readers offer the same and possibly better service, but since I am already lugging my laptop and cellphone, right now an e-reader/tablet is something else I need to worry about charging...
I suspect Barnes & Noble is in a market that's declining faster than the company can shore up the defenses. I don't really need a Nook or even a Kindle Fire to read ebooks or surf the web. You'll be amazed at the effectiveness of some of today's smartphones. I am gradually getting used to the small screens of these products, a defect (if it is) that is quite easily redeemed by the clarity. Without its enormous e-market products, Amazon couldn't have made a dent in the tablet PC market and if all Barnes & Noble has to offer is access to a few publications or its website, the company is headed downhill.
B&N is now heavily discounting the Nook tablet for people that subscribe to select publications. Clearly, it is trying to get its foot in the door in the hope of building more content sales. Sounds familiar--Amazon is taking a loss on the Kindle Fire to make headway in the retail business. Stay tuned...
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