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William Lynch, Former Barnes & Noble CEO, Lands New Technology Job

lynchWilliam J. Lynch, the former CEO of Barnes & Noble has been appointed CEO of Savant Systems, a company involved in Internet-enabled appliances for the home.

Lynch resigned from the book retailer in July after numerous quarters of shrinking revenues. Lynch had spearheaded Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which faced stiff competition from Amazon.

Lynch will continue to be involved in technology in his new role at Savant Systems. The company focuses on “the Internet of things,” or using technology to remotely manage appliances, home theater, music, security, thermostat, lights, energy management, and automated shades. Lynch replaced Robert Madonna, the company’s founder and CEO since 2005. Madonna will now serve as Chairman of the Board.

 

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Barnes & Noble Adds Nook Boutiques

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Today Barnes & Noble announced they will install 1,000 square-foot boutique areas in stores to show off the Nook eReader. The “full-service” boutiques will contain trial devices, a video screen playing demos, and a staff member dedicated to device support.

Just in time for the announcement, cartoonist Jeff Koterba drew a bleak cartoon about the bookshelf of the future. We hope the Barnes & Noble of the future has a few more books than those cartoon shelves. Follow this link to see more of Koterba’s work.

Nevertheless, electronic services are becoming more a part of the brick and mortor store plan. The bookseller estimated that it “averages more than 2 million free Wi-Fi connections per month in its stores.”
Read more at eBooknewser.
(Via Mike Cane)