Feeds

Here come Samsung's, er, Barnes & Noble's new Galaxy Tab, er, Nook fondleslabs

Bookseller, Korean firm strike deal to deliver co-branded kit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Bookselling giant Barnes & Noble is back in the tablet business – sort of – thanks to a new partnership with Samsung.

The company announced on Thursday that it will soon offer co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook fondleslabs that come preloaded with custom software for reading e-books, magazines, and newspapers provided by Barnes & Noble.

The 7-inch tablets will be displayed and sold in Barnes & Noble retail stores alongside the company's current line of e-ink readers, of which the Nook GlowLight is the most recent.

Previously, the bookseller manufactured its own line of Nook HD tablets, but it jettisoned those efforts last June when it became clear that consumer electronics wasn't really its forte.

Nook tablets captured less than 2 per cent of the market during the 2012 holiday shopping season, and hardware sales had become a drain on Barnes & Noble's Nook division, which otherwise was seeing content sales grow.

For a while, some pundits speculated that Microsoft might take Nook off Barnes & Noble's hands. The software giant bankrolled the e-book biz to the tune of $300m in 2012 in a deal that gave Redmond a 17.5 per cent stake in Nook, and Redmond was once thought to be ready to snap up the whole thing for $1bn.

But the romance seemed to have cooled earlier this year, with Microsoft striking a new deal with Barnes & Noble that allowed the latter to cancel its efforts to develop Nook apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Barnes & Noble never said it was getting out of the fondleslab business, an area in which its archrival Amazon has found some success. Rather, it said it would pursue "a partnership model" future tablets, where another company would take on part of the risks of manufacturing.

Thursday's announcement appears to signal an even further retreat from that idea, with Barnes & Noble opting to now merely provide software for another vendor's existing kit.

The first Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 fondleslabs are expected to arrive in Barnes & Noble bookstores in early August. ®

Bootnote

In related news, Barnes & Noble also said on Thursday that its Nook division will vacate its current 208,000-square-foot headquarters in Palo Alto, California and move into new, 88,000-square-foot "state-of-the-art" facilities in nearby Santa Clara. Employees of the company's Barnes & Noble College digital education division, which shared the Palo Alto space, will move to a different location in Mountain View. In all, the moves are expected to reduce Barnes & Noble's annual occupancy expenses by $10m and reduce its future lease commitments by $102m.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.