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My Little Pony eBooks Exclusively On Nook

Toy maker Hasbro has partnered with Barnes & Noble to release eBook editions of the children’s book collection, My Little Pony. As of today, the Nook Store is selling 11 My Little Pony titles ranging in price from $3.99 to $4.99.

This series includes titles such as My Little Pony: The Cutie Mark Crusaders; My Little Pony: The Magic of Friendship; and My Little Pony: Applebuck Season.

The release comes at a time that the 1980s children’s toy has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity. In the spring, the toys were celebrated in an art exhibit in Los Angeles called My Little Pony Project 2o12, an installation dedicated to the cult toys.

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Barnes & Noble Beats Wall Street Predictions

Barnes & Noble exceeded Wall Street estimates today, reporting that consolidated revenues had risen 2.5 percent to $1.5 billion in the fiscal 2013 first quarter compared to last year (analysts had predicted $1.48 billion in revenues).

As revenues rose, the company reported net loss of $41 million–loss declining 28 percent compared to last year. Barnes & Noble College bookstores recorded $221 million in revenues, a two percent decline from last year.

Here’s more about retail earnings, from the release: “The Retail segment, which consists of the Barnes & Noble bookstores and BN.com businesses, had revenues of $1.1 billion for the quarter, increasing 2% over the prior year … Comparable bookstore sales continued to benefit from the liquidation of Borders’ bookstores in fiscal 2012 and strong sales of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.”

 

Barnes & Noble to Bring Nook to the UK

Barnes & Noble announced today that the Nook will be available in the UK this fall. The book retailer will begin sell its Nook eReaders through the storefront www.nook.co.uk in mid-October.

AppNewser has more: “The store will launch with the Nook E Ink Readers — the Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. The store will also sell eBooks, apps and digital magazines and newspapers with a catalog of more than 2.5 million titles. The company will also sell its devices at leading retailers in the UK.”

While the store opening does put Barnes and Noble in business just in time for the holiday shopping season, the book retailer is late to the game in the UK market as compared to its competition. Amazon, Kobo and Google already sell devices and eBooks in the UK.

Nook Tablet Is Now $179

In a competitive move against Amazon, Barnes & Noble has dropped the price on its Nook Tablet and Nook Color devices.

The bookseller is now selling an 8GB Nook Tablet for $179, $20 less than the device’s previous price of $199. The price drop undercuts Amazon’s Kindle Fire device, which sells for $199 for the 6GB edition. The news also comes as rumors circulate about Apple releasing a smaller cheaper “iPad Mini.”

AppNewser has more: “To help encourage back-to-school sales, Barnes & Noble has also been pushing its Nook Tablet devices by giving away kids eBooks with the purchase of the device as part of the Nook Kids Summer Reading Program. Currently, Barnes & Noble is giving away a collection of Disney eBooks to customers who purchase a Nook Tablet through September 2nd.”

Barnes & Noble Giving Away Disney Books with Nook Purchase

Barnes & Noble is giving away a collection of Disney eBooks to customers who purchase a Nook Tablet today through September 2.

The giveaway is part of the Nook Kids Summer Reading Program. The book retailer has been giving away different eBook collections to Nook Tablet customers throughout the summer. Once a customer buys the tablet, they are given a download code, for free access to these titles during the limited time giveaway.

AppNewser has more: “The series of books is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds. The highlight the various features of Nook’s children’s books including the interactive “Read and Play” feature and the “Read To Me” option. The giveaway includes: Winnie the Pooh: Party in the WoodCars Read-Along StorybookJust Squidding (Phineas and Ferb Series #5)Cinderella Read-Along Storybook, Toy Story 3: So Long, Partner and The Great Tournament (Wizards of Mickey #1).”

 

Barnes & Noble Releases Nook for Web

Barnes & Noble’s digital reading platform Nook is now available on the web. Nook for Web lets Nook readers access their eBook library from an online browser without having to download anything.

AppNewser has more: “To promote the service, Barnes & Noble is giving away six free eBooks throughout July 26th, including: Map of Bones by James RollinsSex and the City by Candace BushnellThe Vow by Kim CarpenterThe Boxcar Children Summer Special by Gertrude Chandler WarnerBrave by Tennant Redbank and Perfect Island Getaways by Patricia Schultz.”

The web app works on Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The display includes a “realistic book-like layout,” with the page numbers and a slider at the bottom of the screen to help readers navigate through the book.

Barnes & Noble Revenues Up 2% for Fiscal Year

Barnes & Noble’s revenues increased 2 percent percent year-over-year to $7.1 billion during its fiscal 2012 year, which ended on April 28.

However, device sales dropped during the fourth quarter. AppNewser has more from the release: “Device sales declined during the fourth quarter due to higher third-party channel partner returns, lower selling volume and lower average selling prices.”

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch explained: “At retail, we had a terrific year growing comparable bookstore sales 4.5% for the quarter and 1.4% for the year, a result of our effective new merchandising efforts and continued industry consolidation.  As we look out to fiscal 2013, we feel the company is strategically well positioned to grow value for shareholders.” Read more

Barnes & Noble Wants You To Read in Bed

Barnes & Noble has launched a new ad campaign to promote the new Nook Simple Touch GlowLight, a feature that lets users read in the dark. We’ve embedded the TV commercial above for your viewing pleasure.

The “Read in Bed” campaign, created by ad agency Mullen, highlights focuses on how the new light lets readers read while their spouse is sleeping without having to turn on the lights. The TV commercial opens with a voice over asking the viewer, “Do you read in bed? Do you need a lamp to see? Don’t you wish there was light that would not keep them up all night?”

Here is more about the video from the release: “The spot, directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay from MJZ, is shot in a cinematic style showcasing the magic readers feel when they immerse themselves in a book at night and beautifully illustrates the benefit that GlowLight brings to people who love to read in bed.”

Nook Is Top Book App in Apple App Store

The Nook app topped iBooks and Kindle in the Apple App Store this week, the free app rising as Barnes & Noble revealed a powerful new partnership.

AppNewser has a list of top eBook apps: “Nook is the bestselling free eBook app for the week, according to research from AppData. Barnes & Noble’s bookstore app includes books for purchase as well as free public domain eBooks.”

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft settled their patent litigation dispute earlier this week, partnering to build a new corner of Barnes & Noble’s business. Microsoft will invest $300 million into a new, unnamed subsidiary that will contain the bookseller’s digital and college businesses.

Stanley Koba Is Barnes & Noble’s Teacher Of The Year

Stanley Koba from Howell High School in Farmingdale, New Jersey, has earned the title of “Teacher of the Year” from Barnes & Noble.

Koba, who was nominated by a student named Abigail Thompson, was chosen from more than 14,000 writing submissions to the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.” To participate in the contest, students had to write an essay, poem or thank you letter to a teacher who has had a positive influence on their life, and then turn it in at a Barnes & Noble store.

Aside from winning a flattering title, Koba also gets a $5,000 award and will be honored at an event at the Barnes & Noble in Farmingdale. Thompson’s winning essay will be published in a hardcover edition through Tikatok.com, and Koba will get five copies of the book, as well as a $250 gift card to the DIY children’s publishing site. In addition, Howell High will also get $5,000 in prize money.

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