Barnes & Noble Continues Android Tablet Fire Sale

Nook SaleAfter 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.

Read more about it at goodereader.com.

Copy and Paste Issue ‘Nook-ifies’ War and Peace eBook

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!

Read more at pcmag.com.

 

Microsoft Partners with B&N’s Nook in eBook Business

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.

Read more at seattletimes.com.

Microsoft Narrows its Barnes & Noble Lawsuit

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.

Read more at redmondmag.com.

Kids On Kindle: Amazon Starts Publishing Children’s Books

Amazon has acquired Marshall Cavendish’s 450 children’s book titles to compete with Barnes & Noble’s Nook Kids collection. The introduction of the Kindle Fire allows Amazon to compete effectively in this market, where they were unable to do so with the older black-and-white Kindles with limited graphics capability.

Read more at paidcontent.org.

Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble, Targets Android Use

Microsoft has filed suit against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn International Holdings, and Inventec Corp., claiming infringement of the following:

  • The use of tabs for navigation in a control window
  • Showing download status superimposed on a page
  • The ability to select text
  • The ability to annotate text text without changing the underlying document.
  • The display of page content before the background is displayed

Where does the patent office find the people who approve patents for these things? This is utterly ridiculous! Not only should Microsoft be ashamed of themselves for patenting things like this, U.S. citizens as a whole should be appalled that we’ve allowed things to reach this preposterous level.

Read more at redmondmag.com.