B&N Surrenders in Tablet Wars: RIP Nook HD

shutterstock_118274554After a series of disastrous quarters trying to sell its Nook HD tablets, Barnes & Noble has decided to call it quits when it comes to selling the devices. The company will sell off its remaining inventory of Nook HD and HD+ tablets through the holidays and will not another generation of tablets.
Barnes & Noble will, however, come out with a new set of dedicated e-reading devices. Like, Kobo, which invested heavily in e-readers when the rest of the industry was going tablet-crazy, B&N is planning to zig while everyone else zags – everyone but Kobo, that is.
But before we look to the future, questions about the past have yet to be answered. How did this happen? What could Barnes & Noble have done differently?
At an extremely high risk of editorializing, this is perhaps what B&N should have done: Copy Amazon’s world class user and customer experiences. Supporting EPUB3, adding apps dedicated to kids and other niches – all a waste of time if the core experience is woefully inferior to the competition’s.
And what should the ailing bookseller do now? This.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Barnes & Noble: Sell Nook, Go Private (DBW)
From an investor’s perspective, it’s the only way for the company not to tank.
Nook Weighing B&N Down (Forbes)
When you look at the numbers, it’s clear that Nook is just killing B&N profits. The company doesn’t look half bad without Nook.
Bigger Trouble Brewing for B&N? (Publerati Blog)
At least one commentator thinks things will only get worse for B&N, saying that projections of bricks-and-mortar sales declines are too rosy.
BKS (Marketwatch)
B&N shares (BKS on the New York Stock Exchange) were down 17% at close yesterday. Follow along here!
When History Repeats Itself (DBW)
Some 200 years ago a 600 year tradition ended in the way people read books. Well, in the digital age it’s making a big comeback. Related: Resurrecting the Multitext.
Pew: ‘Digital Natives’ Love Print and Libraries (DBW)
Know how the kids are supposed to be 100% digital, fully hooked in and a glimpse into the exciting (or scary, depending on where you’re sitting) future? Well, the kids like print and they like libraries even more than the rest of us, new data from Pew show.
Next Gen Library Platform (DBW)
Just in time for the big American Library Association conference in Chicago, 3M has released the next generation of its library platform. Expect many library-technology related announcements in the coming days.
Creating Great Digital Books (DBW)
Digital publishing continues to evolve. After several cycles of development and innovation, we’ve learned a lot. Now it’s time to start making fantastic digital book experiences. Register for a free DBW webcast on the topic today.
HarperCollins Moves Operations Jobs to New Jersey (Pub Lunch)
A money-saving move that takes advantage of the new News Corp corporate structure.
Borders: Still in the News (AnnArbor.com)
You probably didn’t see this already even though it was out Monday (apologies for not keeping it exclusively fresh here at the DBW Daily; we think it’s worth it in this case). But a small milestone has been reached in the Borders saga: The final space in the former Borders flagship store has been leased. The University of Michigan School of Information will move 12 to 15 staffers in there in the fall. The school’s motto? “Connecting people, information, and technology in more valuable ways.” Irony!

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