Over the weekend, the Kindle, Nook and Google Books apps got crippled. Thanks, Steve.
"The fact is," Steve Jobs famously told the New York Times in 2008, trying to convince them that Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle was a nonstarter, "that people don't read books anymore."
What Jobs really meant, we discover three years later, is that people don't get to read books on his iPads or iPhones unless they buy them from his MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 27, 2011 7:20 AM ET
It's not an iPad, or even a Nook Color. But that's the whole point of Barnes & Noble's newest e-reader: it's not supposed to be.
FORTUNE -- Just six months after launching its well-received Android-based Nook Color tablet, Barnes and Noble (BKS) unveiled a major hardware update to the original e-ink-based Nook e-reader that cuts down on bulk, weight, and physical buttons.
Here's the important thing to note right off the bat MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 15, 2011 10:31 AM ET
Rovio has a blockbuster franchise just as notable for its flock of revenue streams as its wildly addictive game play.
FORTUNE -- You don't have to try very hard to spot Angry Birds in their natural habitat -- online -- because they are as ubiquitous as a Manhattan pigeon.
Since launching as an iPhone app in December 2009, the franchise has been downloaded 200 million times -- double the number reported just MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 3, 2011 12:33 PM ET
Barnes & Noble's update to the original Nook e-reader marries touchscreen features with the latest e-ink technology.
FORTUNE -- Just seven months after it announced its Android-based Nook Color tablet, Barnes and Noble (BKS) unveiled a major hardware update to the original e-ink-based Nook e-reader that cuts down on bulk, weight, and physical buttons.
Available for pre-order immediately and shipping on or around June 10 for $139, the new WiFi-only Nook measures MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 24, 2011 2:18 PM ET
With 2013 looming as a tipping point for ebooks, the struggling giant should regroup behind its Nook ebook business, fast.
In the late 1990s, the book industry was upended by the rise of the superstore. With big footprints in exurban shopping centers, Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Borders (BGP) superstores offered what many shopping-mall-sized and downtown mom and pop stores couldn't: aisles upon aisles of hardbacks, paperbacks and magazines, and cushy MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 13, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The book industry thinks its digital transformation is happening even faster than it did with music and movies.
At the GigaOm Big Data conference in New York City this week, Barnes & Noble (BKS) executive Marc Parrish took the stage to discuss rapid changes in the book publishing industry.
"The book business is changing more radically now, and quicker, than movies or music or newspapers have, because we're doing it in a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 25, 2011 1:31 PM ET
The struggling bookseller now has to fend off a lawsuit from Microsoft over the Android OS in its Nook eBook Reader.
Microsoft (MSFT) today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc.(BKS), Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington over patents related to the Android operating systems on which its Nook eBook readers are MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 21, 2011 5:53 PM ET
For the WSJ's Brett Arends, the Android-powered Nook Color with its sub-$200 price tag is the perfect tablet.
Who says you can't get a quality tablet for under $500?
It is certainly no iPad 2 or XOOM, but for a certain segment of the population, the Nook Color might be all the tablet they need. Apple's (AAPL) iPad clocks in at $499 (old models can be had for $100 less) and the MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 9, 2011 11:30 AM ET
That means Angry Birds...
Developers at the XDA Forums have broken into Barnes and Noble's Nook Color, meaning that a high-quality name brand 7-inch color Android tablet that runs most Android apps is now at $250.
While the rooting is a significant event, it won't mean much to the average consumer who doesn't want to have to hack into his tablet to get it to run basic apps.
However, it does mean that MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 30, 2010 12:25 AM ET
Barnes & Noble decided it had to be first to market with a color e-reader, even if that meant not putting out a perfectly polished device. But in an iPad world, the dedicated e-reader race might not even matter.
When news leaked of the Nook Color, the new e-reader with a color screen from Barnes & Noble (BKS), the hype machine went into overdrive. Pundits frothed at that idea that this could MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 29, 2010 12:43 PM ET
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