The bad news just keeps piling up for that venerable, big-box purveyor of print – Barnes & Noble. We have been hearing for quite some time about the chain’s falling sales and revenue figures. Now, the news is reporting on layoffs and funding cuts to its Nook eReader division. Et tu, dear Nook?
Google today opened the latest chapter in the great story on the battle of the eBook stores. Established eBook retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are taking note, as Google’s salvo is no small warning shot. With a massive library, multi-device support, and a series of interesting partnerships, the search giant has launched a full assault on the market. The new Google eBookstore offers some hot new features, but also has some interesting drawbacks. First, the game changers . . . The new Google eBookstore has launched with an impressive catalog of over 3 million titles available for download. Everyting from classics to modern best-sellers is housed in an easy to search and navigate site. The interface is sleek and pleasing to the eye! Purchases are stored on shareable “shelves” in Google’s cloud and are tied to your Google ID. If you use the Google Web Reader from a PC, netbook, laptop or tablet to access your books, you
CNN Money today ranked the Nook from Barnes & Noble tops in a match up against Amazon's Kindle and Sony's eReader. Having tested a few of these ourselves, the iBraryGuy team chose the Nook for home use. After a month and a half of use, we are ready to report on our own experiences with B&N's flagship eReader. We agree with CNN, for the money, the Nook is hard to beat! Usability: Because the Nook is essentially "all screen", it may be a little intimidating at first . . . albeit, very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. However, learning to use it takes little time. There is something to be said for the sleek interface that is devoid of excess plastic and awkward buttons. The touch pad is easy to use, is fairly responsive to even a light touch, and adds a nice splash of color to the otherwise monochrome e-ink screen. The unit itself is light to carry