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Comic Remembers Good Old Fashioned eReaders

Someday will we be nostalgic about our good old-fashioned Kindle or Nook?

In his “For Lack of a Better Comic” strip, artist Jacob Andrews imagined how we will talk about eReaders and digital books in the future.

If you liked the comic, check out the complete “For Lack of a Better Comic” archive at this link.

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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.”

Why Did Liberty Media Bid for Barnes & Noble?

As we previously noted, Liberty Media Corporation, a company chaired by entrepreneur John C. Malone, has submitted a proposal to bid for Barnes & Noble. The offer of $17 per share appraises the company valuation at $1.02 billion. Last week a New York Times article speculated on why Liberty bid for Barnes & Noble.

Here’s more from the article: “So far, most of the reasons given for the interest in Barnes & Noble center on its e-reader, the Nook. Mr. Malone implied that the Nook was a primary reason for Liberty Media’s bid at the company’s shareholder meeting on Monday. Though exact figures are unavailable, Barnes & Noble captured as much as 27 percent of the e-book market with its Nook, according to a Goldman Sachs report.”

The article also offered the theory that Borders’ bankruptcy has also influenced Malone’s offer. Borders’ struggles helped eliminate competition on the brick and mortar side of the business. What do you foresee for the bookseller’s future? (via Publishers Weekly)

Barnes & Noble Still Seeking Buyer As Stock Dips

Barnes & Noble began seeking buyers in August, but has yet to seal the deal. According to Reuters, the company stock price hit a two-and-a-half year low at the beginning of this week.

Chairman Leonard Riggio has said in the past that he would consider assembling an investment team to buy the company. In the article, retail analyst Mike Souers speculated that this kind of private takeover might be the only buying option.

Earlier this year, the bookseller suspended its quarterly dividend payments and made  staff lay-offs. Last September, the company survived a courtroom board battle.

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New York Times Publishes WikiLeaks eBook

The New York Times has released an eBook covering the WikiLeaks scandal entitled Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy. The newspaper cut an exclusive deal with Barnes & Noble, and the title will only be available on the Nook.

eBookNewser reports: “The book chronicles important documents from WikiLeaks story and the controversy that came about as the stories were leaked to the press. The eBook comes out later this week for $5.99.”

Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich will both have opinion pieces included in the book. Senior editor Alexander Star edited the book.

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BookSwim Launches eBookFling

BookSwim has launched eBookFling.com. The new site allows users to swap digital titles, capitalizing on the eBook lending feature available on Kindles and Nooks.

Those without the Kindle or Nook devices can still utilize this service by downloading the app versions of these eReaders on their smartphones, computers, or iPads. A complete list of the rules can be found here.

While there are no membership fees, the site functions on a credit-based system. Here’s more from the release: “Lenders earn 1 credit for every 5 books they list as available for lend and 1 credit earned for each successfully lent book.” Users can also purchase credits for $1.99 each.