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Barnes & Noble’s Retail Business Might Be Worth ‘Virtually Nothing’ (BKS)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/barnes-and-nobles-retail-worth-2013-2

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Leonard Riggio, the founder of Barnes & Noble, wants to buy back a slice of the bookseller he founded more than 40 years ago.

But he doesn’t want anything to do with the Nook — just the stores and website.

So, what’s the Barnes & Noble retail arm actually worth?

By some measures, Barnes & Noble’s retail business may be worth “virtually nothing,”

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Monday, February 25th, 2013 news No Comments

Who’s Winning The Android Tablet Race?

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/whos-leading-the-android-tablet-race-22013-1

Kindle Leads Android Tablet Market Share (Localytics via Digital Trends)

Localytics, a mobile analytics firm, has released a report on the current global market share of Android tablet, and it spells good news for Amazon. According to the report, Amazon’s Kindle brand holds an impressive 33 percent of the U.S. Android tablet market, followed far behind by the Barnes & Noble Nook, Samsung’s Galaxy series, Google’s Nexus 7 and other devices.

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Distantly behind Amazon is the Nook with 10 percent, the Samsung Galaxy series with 9 percent and Google’s Nexus 7 with 8 percent. In contrast to the others, Google’s Nexus 7 is just one device that has been around a mere six months. If this kind of growth continues for Google, it will challenge Amazon in the near future. Note: These numbers do not include other, non-Android tablet devices like the iPad, Surface or Playbook. Read >>

Global Smartphone OS Market Run By Two Companies (Strategy Analytics)
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android combined to take over 92 percent of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a report from Strategy Analytics.

global smartphone os market share

Android secured 70.1 percent of the fourth quarter 2012 global smartphone market, while Apple’s iPhones accounted for 22 percent, leaving a mere 7.9 percent to competing platforms (poor Microsoft). In terms of overall shipments, global smartphones grew 38 percent annually from 157.0 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 217.0 million in the fourth quarter last year. The full report can be found here. Read >>

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for digital education

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/28/pearson-buys-a-small-stake-in-nook-media/

Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for educational ebooks

Publishers often want to work closely with e-book outlets — possibly a little too closely — but it’s rare that they involve themselves directly. Pearson is taking that uncommon step by making a 5 percent, $89.5 million investment in Nook Media, the joint venture between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. Some of the reasoning won’t be made public until Barnes & Noble provides holiday sales results on January 3rd, but Pearson is clear that it’s furthering its online education plans: it wants Nook Media’s distribution skills to make a “seamless and effective experience for students.” Just when we’ll see this harmony is still up in the air, though. Nook Media has yet to outline what Microsoft’s partnership means for e-books and e-readers, let alone how Pearson factors in. We’re not expecting a sea change until companies start speaking up.

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