Barnes and Noble won't make their own Nook tablets anymore

Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet strategy is taking yet another turn, as the bookseller tries to fight off Amazon in the cheap eBook-themed tablet business. Today the company announced that, in the future, its Nook color tablets will be made by as yet unamed third party manufacturers.

In a press release, Barnes and Noble stated that the inventory of their current Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets, shown above, will still be sold "at amazing prices through the holiday." Currently the Nook HD can be bought for $129 while the Nook HD+ is priced at $149. There's no word on when the new third party Nook tablets will be released. Barnes and Noble will still design and make its Simple Touch and Glowlight eReaders.

The same press release states that the Nook business as a whole brought in $108 million in revenue for the last fiscal quarter and $776 million for the full fiscal year, down a whopping 34 percent for the quarter and 16.8 percent for the year. Microsoft has a $300 million investment in Nook Media, the subsidiary of Barnes and Noble that handles the Nook tablet business. There have been rumors that Microsoft wants to acquire all of Nook Media from the bookseller but so far, those rumors have proven to be unfounded.

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Hello,

The current generation of Nooks are fantastic hardware. I own a HD+ and 'm actually going to go out and pick up a B&N manufactured HD before they are all sold out.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

I'm still quite happy with my 2nd gen Kindle. Keeping the battery charge for a month is a huge advantage, even if it does other stuff clumsily. I do intend to upgrade to a newer tablet, but it isn't a priority and I will probably continue to use my Kindle to read ebooks.

Tablets are becoming so thin & light, there's becoming less and less reason to buy a one-function device like an e-reader.

I agree that Microsoft should try to snatch up their e-publishing business to fill out their app store.

cybersaurusrex said,
Tablets are becoming so thin & light, there's becoming less and less reason to buy a one-function device like an e-reader.

I agree that Microsoft should try to snatch up their e-publishing business to fill out their app store.

The current and previous gen of Nook tablets have been fully functional. More so now with the addition of the play store. And you can always load a custom ROM on there if you don't like stock.

cybersaurusrex said,
Tablets are becoming so thin & light, there's becoming less and less reason to buy a one-function device like an e-reader.

Except new tablets are not e-ink.
Anyone who reads a lot of books is going to pick either real books or an e-ink display. Not only do you get better battery life with e-ink dedciated readers, but you don't have that annoyance of your eye balls being burned away by the light.

cybersaurusrex said,
Tablets are becoming so thin & light, there's becoming less and less reason to buy a one-function device like an e-reader.

Reading on an e-Ink display and reading on an LCD are vastly different experiences.

Edited by Xilo, Jun 25 2013, 5:14pm :

Xilo said,

Reading on an e-Ink display and reading on an LCD are vastly different experiences.

+1
also battery, non-glare

Wish they had a 7-8 inch model with non-touch screen.

If MS wants anything from Nook it's the content licenses for education and other things that they don't offer now. If you look at it MS's own stores sell music, movies, games etc, just not books, mags and stuff for education. It's the one area they're lacking in. Buying up Nook would give them access to that content but honestly they don't need or care about the Nook hardware itself.

May be a good time to pick up a cheap tablet; if they run CM as well as the Kindle Fire's do I'll have to snag one for my daughter.

Max Norris said,
May be a good time to pick up a cheap tablet; if they run CM as well as the Kindle Fire's do I'll have to snag one for my daughter.

I'm posting this from my Nook HD+ running Cm 10.1