Barnes & Noble’s hardware section is going to be a little smaller when its stores reopen to the public. Someone on MobileRead noticed, and I can confirm, that B&N has removed its 7″ Nook-branded budget tablet from its site.
It’s not just gone from the menus; I chckded, and even the product page is gone. This is an ex-tablet.
B&N launched this particular tablet in December 2018, so it was getting a little long in the tooth, but that segment of the market hadn’t changed much in the past several years. There was little reason to replace the tablet, and B&N could have kept it another couple years.
The tablet had been developed by a Chinese company before being licensed to B&N, and I had expected that if it were retired B&N would license another tablet to replace it.
But they have not. Instead B&N chucked the tablet out the window.
YOur guess is as good as mine what it means for B&N;s hardware plans.