Monday Links & Deals: BN Subsidizes Nook; OLPC Tablet Coming to Market
BN and People are offering a subsidized Nook in exchange for a subscription to People magazine.
The Nook edition of People is $9.99 a month; with a one-year subscription, customers will receive a Nook Tablet, a color device with a 7-inch display, for $199, a discount from its regular price of $249. Customers who buy a one-year subscription for the Nook edition of The New York Times for $19.99 a month, which includes access to NYTimes.com, will receive a black-and-white Nook Simple Touch free or a Nook Color for $99.
BN announced last week that they had over promised on the Nook Simple Touch expectations.
USA Today noted that there is a big change in reading habits as reflected by their bestseller list:
The latest [USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books] list, based on sales data from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, shows a remarkable burst of digital book sales after e-readers were unwrapped as gifts — for 42 of the top 50 titles, the e-book editions were the most popular format. The previous high, in July, was 25 of the top 50.
It will be interesting to see whether that is a temporary blip or one that continues to be maintained throughout the year.
Solar Focus is bringing a solar powered case to the Kindle making the Kindle the camper’s choice.
Solarfocus says the SolarKindle can provide as much as three days of reading time after just one hour of solar charge. The peripheral only works for the low-end, non-touch Kindle models and also is not compatible with the Kindle Fire.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program has been about developing a very low cost computer to help bridge the digital divide. With its new tablet that runs on minimal power (and comes with a hand crank! and option solar panel), OLPC might be ready to deliver on its promise. I really want one of these. In previous incarnations, if you bought one, you could gift one to a child in need. This might be a new favorite charity for my family and I.
The great thing about the OLPC laptop? It looks like a high end device.
Nintendo is getting into the book market. Actually, I can totally see a cross over between some magazines and comics and video gaming console owners:
It was hearing that Nintendo is planning to launch a digital e-reader type service where you can download books, magazines, newspapers, comics, and other publications to your Wii U console. These publications would stream to your Wii U controller’s touchscreen, and you could go lay in your bed or couch and read them. The touch screen would be used to flip through pages of an e-book or magazine, and there would even be a searchable index.
Jack McKeown says that there is an increasing resistance to digital reading:
As McKeown observes, “While e-reader ownership rates have increased in a dramatic fashion since our first survey in December, 2009, so too has the level of resistance. The dynamic movement highlighted in this data suggests that over time, consumers have moved out of the ‘not sure’ category in one of two directions: a.) toward actual ownership, or a high probability of near-term ownership of a dedicated e-reader; or b.) into the ranks of resistors for whom the devices do not yet offer a compelling ‘relative advantage’ to overcome their conservatism re: printed books.”
This resistance must be on what executives like Hachette executive, Maja Thomas, pins their 50% market limit for ebooks.
Cuddlebuggery recounts the first five days of 2012 on Goodreads. She forgets the total flame out of Julie Halpern here and here. (Halpern’s flame out begins with these immortal words “I awoke this morning with my usual google search of myself”) These author contretemps are primarily YA and self published authors. I’m going to write a bit more on this tomorrow.
I’m throwing some of these coupons out here because I put a few up last week and it appears that people are using them. If you don’t like seeing them, let me know and I won’t include them. I’m only providing links to the ones with coupon codes. I could also put the coupon codes in the sidebar instead on in a post?
- Get 10% OFF Your Entire eBook Order @ Carina Press with coupon code CARINAEXTRATEN. Expires 03/31/2012.
- 10% off Harlequin print books with SAVE10AFFO. Expires 3/31/2012.
- Spend $30 and get $10 off print book order at Harlequin: SAVE10DOLLARS . Expires 03/31/12.
- Extra 10% off all Harlequin eBooks SAVE10AFFO. Expires 3/31/2012.
- Buy 2 PRINT books from Harlequin and get a 3rd book FREE BUY2AFFO.
- 50% off Teen books at BN: Use F3Y9V4J.
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