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Wednesday News: Kobo introduces new slate of ereaders; B&N retail chief sells shares; A selection of YA covers

Wednesday News: Kobo introduces new slate of ereaders; B&N retail chief...

Before Miley, the internet was bemoaning Ben Affleck being chosen as the actor to play Batman in the next Superman movie.  Someone even mocked up this picture:

Batman Robin


But, then, some talented person on the internet made this fake trailer to show how Ben Affleck could be Batman.  I think Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor is inspired.  I hope it’s not too dark for me to take the tot to.

The relaunched Kobo HD is thinner, lighter and has a smaller bezel but a higher price tag.  For the front lit beauty, you’ll pay $150, a $50 premium over Nook Glo and Kindle Paperwhite.  The Kobo HD devices run $400 for the larger 10″ tablet and the 7″ for $150 and up. I’m not sure why they are pricing the Kobo 7″ tablet at the same price as the Kobo eInk (called Aura) and maybe the prices will be updated today.

The Kobo ARC 10HD has a micro HDMI port and Miracast support for streaming content to the TV.  The screen is 2560 x 1600 pixels. The current Kindle Fire has 1920 x 1200 pixels at $299.

BN stumbles, reverses course; Nook Press not releasing some self published titles; Noble Romance closing its doors

BN stumbles, reverses course; Nook Press not releasing some self published...

What we know today is that revenue fell 10 percent at the retail stores and nook revenue fell 29 percent.  BN says to expece revenue in stores open at least one year to fall “fall in the high single digit percentage range at retail stores and the low single digits at college stores. Michael Huseby, president of Barnes & Noble and CEO of Nook Media, said the company plans to release at least one new Nook device during the upcoming holiday season.” The Washington Post will be relaunched next year and BN is currently saying that they are back in the tablet business “If we want to be in the content business we need to be in the device business, no matter how they’re produced. We think we produce better devices than anybody else.”

So no spin off of Nook Media. No cessation of tablet devices. A ramp up of new media contracts.  Who knows, right?

Speaking of BN, some self published authors have reported issues with Nook Press.  It would be one thing if these were unknowns but one of the authors having issues is Tammara Webber who’s book “Here Without You” had an official release date of August 6.  It went live everywhere but BN and despite multiple emails and requests for assistance, the book did not go live until yesterday evening after Webber finally went public with her frustration.  This is also true for other authors.

One author who has self published a successful novel reported that she contacted Nook Press 4 times since she pressed the publish button and received nothing but assurances that the issue would be looked into. That was a week ago.  There is no phone number and no email address for assistance. Nook Press requires authors to use an online chat feature for help but there is almost no help forthcoming.

Delaying sales on the Nook Press platform only provides incentive for authors to go Amazon exclusive and given the popularity of self published books with digital readers, the failure to promptly publish these books will reduce the viability of the Nook as a digital publishing platform.

Over the next 30 days, we will remove all books for sale through all sales channels.

We will continue to send monthly royalty statements out and pay all royalties owed until all payments have been collected. We anticipate that this could be as soon as October, but we do not completely control third party sales.

Once this process is complete, this means that your rights will automatically revert to you per our agreement and if you need a letter confirming this, please email us and we will be happy to provide you one.”

That’s pretty good news for the Noble Romance authors.

I thought the DA readership would enjoy the quirkiness of it.