B&N file trademark for Nook Community Edition

Mike Cane has found yet another trademark from Barnes & Noble, and this one is a puzzler. B&N used their holding company Fission LLC to file trademark for

Nook Community Edition

It’s the Edition that has me stumped. I can see the need for a trademark to cover Nook Community, but what would B&N want to release to that community as an edition? Here’s the description, not that it helps any:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer software, downloadable computer software, mobile computer applications and portable electronic reader applications for use with editable digital books and electronic publications and for editing, modifying, altering and manipulating electronic publications, text and images in the nature of fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books, magazines, newspapers, journals, periodicals, manuals and guidebooks


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. karen wester newton1 June, 2011

    I am guessing from the name it’s social networking software for Nook ebooks, but the description sounds almost more like a self-publishing platform.

  2. Mike Cane1 June, 2011

    That filing still gives me a headache. It sounds like group collaboration software, which should put it under the PubIt brand. Yet Nook is hardware, so WTF? And what makes my head hurt more: It implies there will be such an app for Nook. But the new Touch? Or is there another Nook coming?!

  3. Chris1 June, 2011

    Is it in relation to all that sharing and recommending and whatnot on the Nook ST? Maybe tying all the various platforms, be they Nooks or tablet apps or PC/Macs, together with that sharing/recommending aspect in one big B&N goodread-y environment?

    1. Mike Cane1 June, 2011

      >>>for use with editable digital books and electronic publications and for editing, modifying, altering and manipulating electronic publications

      So, no.

      1. Chris2 June, 2011

        Gotcha. So, more wikiness… uhm… yay.

  4. Loonesta2 June, 2011

    Maybe B&N is going to issue a regularly-published multimedia broadsheet exclusively for Nook users, similar to the Murdochs’ The Daily on the iPad?


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