B&N’s Digital Textbook Platform Yuzu Continues to Frustrate Students

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This being January, a new semester is starting at many colleges across the US, and that means that many students are encountering B&N's textbook platform for the first time. Barnes & Noble hasn't officially launched Yuzu in the 9 months since they turned the platform on, but that doesn't mean they're not inflicting it upon college ...

Declining Nook Revenues Could Impair B&N’s Split Up Plans

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When I reported on Barnes & Noble's latest revenue report yesterday I noted that the drastic decline in digital revenues could impair B&N's plans to spin off Nook Media, and apparently I'm not the only one to think that way. The WSJ reported that several analysts are expressing doubts: The decline in digital content sales suggested Nook owners ...

B&N Buys Out Pearson Stake in Nook Media for $28 Million

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Barnes & Noble has reached an agreement to buy out textbook publisher Pearson's stake in Nook Media for around $28 million dollars in cash and B&N stock. Pearson paid $89.5 million for their 5% stake in December 2012. Today's deal follows only a couple weeks after B&N announced a similar deal to buy out Microsoft's stake ...

B&N Expects Brick & Mortar Bookselling to Wither Over the Next Decade

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When B&N announced in January 2013 that they expected to shrink for the next decade, many pundits including this blogger started singing dirges for B&N's imminent demise (my mp3 player is on a loop). But it now looks like B&N's plans aren't as simple as shuttering hundreds of stores. Instead, a recent news article suggests that while ...

B&N to buy out Microsoft’s interest in Nook Media for $120 million

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Barnes & Noble released their quarterly statement today. Mixed in with the usual dry statistics was a bombshell: B&N is buying out Microsoft's share of Nook Media. After almost two years of co-owning a moneypit, MS is selling off their interest and walking away. In financial news, B&N reported that total revenues dropped 2.7%, to $1.7 billion, as compared ...

B&N (Officially) Launches Nook Audiobook App for Android

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Barnes & Noble's two-week-old audiobook app got its official launch today, but it's still only available for Android. The new Nook Audiobook App offers access to a catalog of 50,000 titles, including Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Heist (Fox and O'Hare Series #1) by Janet Evanovich, and Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand, and you can find the app in ...