Barnes & Noble reported a loss of $39.2 million in the third quarter this year, as it continues its struggle to stay in the book business, rather than the toys and art supply business… or perhaps they really do want to just become a game store. What does this mean for authors? Focus on those Kindle sales!
Barnes & Noble, according to an article by goodereader.com, appears to be discouraging their Read-in-Store program, which allowed Nook owners to settle in for an hour and read a book for free inside the store. Is this another sign that they’ll be getting rid of the Nook altogether?
Nook sales are down again as Barnes & Noble continues its struggle to succeed in the eBook market. Read more about it at ndtv.com.
The below-linked article summarizes the report Consumer Attitudes Towards Ebook Reading and presents slightly different data than my clients have anecdotally reported for their sales (most say that their sales come almost exclusively from Amazon, with virtually (or literally!) no sales elsewhere). It gives Amazon (including both the website and the app) as the clear leader with 67% of the market share, followed by “all other sources” at 12.8%, Barnes & Noble at 11.8, and Apple (the iTunes bookstore) at 8.2%.
After offering amazing prices for the week before Father’s Day, Barnes & Noble has continued their sale, offering their eReaders and tablets at astoundingly low prices—it seems they must be taking a loss on them. Michael Kozlowski of goodereader.com suggests that perhaps they are trying to get out of the tablet market entirely.
An interesting story about how mindless, automated eBook conversion can seriously screw up a book. In this case, every time the word ‘kindle’ appeared in the book, it was replaced, in the Barnes & Noble version, with the word ‘nook.’ So rather than being kindled, lights were ‘nooked.’ Make sure you proofread your books—every single word—before publishing!
The US Government Printing Office has made an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell approximately 30 federal eBooks on the bn.com site. The US GPO has over 200 eBooks available through other venues.
After (or as a part of) settling their lawsuit against Barnes & Noble, Microsoft will be investing $300 million (plus another $305 million in future investments) in a new subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, giving them a 17.6% equity stake in the company.
It makes me wonder if perhaps Microsoft decided that their patent-infringement claims weren’t so solid, after all. In any case, I’m hard-pressed to believe that anything good will come out of this for the consumer.
Amazon has taken down the Kindle editions of all Independent Publishers Group titles after the two companies failed to come to an agreement regarding terms for sale of digital products. IPG indicated that Amazon wished to change the terms to substantially change the revenue that authors would see. IPG titles continue to be sold through Barnes & Noble.
Microsoft has dropped one of the five claims it made against Barnes & Noble in its patent-infringement lawsuit.
In March of last year, Microsoft filed suit, alleging various infringements. The one just dropped dealt with the use of tab controls. Microsoft asserts that the claim was dropped to “streamline” the issues, and that it was not a concession on its part. Barnes & Noble, on the other hand, argued that tab controls simply were not patentable to begin with.
While I am not an attorney of any sort, much less a patent attorney, it seems to me that by dropping this issue, Microsoft has neatly avoided a ruling that Barnes & Noble’s declaration was, in fact, correct, thereby saving themselves the patent.
There are now only three claimed infringements remaining.