There's an old quip about asking the last person to leave a place to please shut off the lights, but apparently Barnes & Noble isn't going to wait.
They have posted a notice on the front page of the Nook support forums with the news that the forums will be shutting down next Thursday.
If you can't see the above image, it says:
The Nook support forums have been defunct for quite some time now, so this shutdown was to be expected.
The five forums averaged about a half-dozen new topics each month (combined). For a company that used to be a major player in ebooks, that is the next best thing to dead, and it makes a lot of sense for B&N to cut its cost by shuttering a venue that simply isn't being used any more.
That's the same reasoning B&N has used to justify outsourcing or shutting down most nook operations, in fact. The Nook ereader hardware was outsourced to Netronix, the Android tablet is now the purview of a Chinese OEM, the international Nook stores have been closed, and core Nook functions have been outsourced to an Indian tech firm.
Do you suppose that B&N ever gets tired of shouting "Retreat!"?
image by karen horton