Barnes & – Noble Weighs Its Nook Losses So right after I scheduled the Monday news, a couple of articles were released that tell a story of Barnes & Noble’s attempt to survive. The Wall Street Journal reports that B&N s likely to cease production of the Nook and instead work to license B&N’s brand name onto existing products through partnerships with Microsoft and Samsung. Weirdly, B&N said that they were going to concentrate more on content. B&N puts out very little content of its own; instead is merely a middleman to traffic the content produced by others to consumers. It may mean that B&N will try to acquire and publish fiction and non fiction much like Amazon’s publishing arms or it may mean that B&N will try to sell white label content suited to its customer base. B&N towels anyone? NYTimes
Barnes Chairman Mulls Bookstore Buyout – Len Riggio owns 30% of the B&N stock and is said to be interested in buying back the retail portion of the business and taking it private. B&N says that less than 20 of the 689 retail stores are currently unprofitable. B&N initially said that it has plans to close 1/3 of its retail locations over the next ten years, presumably by not renewing lapsing leases. The separation of the nook division which was supposed to save B&N from the retail division seems inevitable. WSJ.com
Nokia 105 and 301 candybar phones announced at MWC, offer simplicity on the cheap – Apple is losing ground in the high end market to Samsung and other manufacturers and it isn’t even trying to compete against cellphone manufacturer Nokia who has introduced the Nokia 105 for $20 or up to $85. The phone has a month long battery life, FM radio and a flashlight. The keyboard screen is splashproof and there is a 3.2 megapixel camera. Engadget
Spiderman’s Silk Really Could Stop a Train – Three physics students in the UK calculate that an orb weaver’s web, which is 10 times stronger than Kevlar, could stop a four car subway train if anchored appropriately. I view this as just another reason to be terrified of spiders. Long live arachnophobia. LiveScience
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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