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Re: B&N for sale: What does this mean for the nook?

 


Undel wrote:

As others have said ahead of me, even if B&N goes under, you can purchase ebooks elsewhere. Even Amazon's non-compatible .lit books. :-) Simply use an ebook management program like Calibre to convert them and upload to your Nook.

 

If they do go under, I'll be a bit disappointed, as tech support is a good thing to have, and I do like the convenience of purchasing books off the nook itself without having to hook it up to the computer. Even with that worry, I doubt B&N is going to disappear in the next 3 years. ^^


 

 

First - Amazon doesn't use .lit, they have own proprietary DRM format typically it's an .azw file.

 

Second - Calibre will not convert an eBook with DRM, you would have to crack it first.

 

Third - Kobo, Borders, Sony, etc all sell epub books that will work on the Nook.

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Re: B&N for sale: What does this mean for the nook?

@Frog

 

Of all the great advice you've given on these boards ^above^ is by far the best

 

I try not to comment on others comments but I couldn't resist this one

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Re: B&N for sale: What does this mean for the nook?

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I haven't purchased anyting from Amazon yet. My apologies on my false assumption that calibre would covert it for me, as I purchased a book from Borders and calibre organized and uploaded it just fine to the Nook for me.

 

I'm aware of all the sites you listed, as well as places like fictionwise (though that's owned by B&N too, so eh...)

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Re: B&N for sale: What does this mean for the nook?

The last couple of years have been crappy for all kinds of business.  Bookstores are particularly hard hit.  The way I see it, the worst that might happen is that they might close some of their less profitable physical stores, like Borders did, and focus more on the ebook and online DTB business.  In a way, that would be a good thing because it would leave a niche for independent booksellers that have been driven out of many communities by the big chain book stores.

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"Over the past three years, Barnes & Noble's annual profits have slid from $135.8 million to $75.9 million to $36.7 million."

 

No matter what anyone says, even in this economy, these financial results don't represent a well-run companyTimes, they are a' changin' and businesses have to react fast and make tough decisions.  The future is going to get even tougher for the book selling industry. 

 

A change of leadership would be a good thing for B&N

Lucien Buonaparte speaking of a young lady... "ever fresh, not like a rose, but like a good radish"
Napoleon Buonaparte on the reason for marriage: " I want to marry a womb" - Those Buonapartes sure knew how to woo a woman!

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Re: B&N for sale: What does this mean for the nook?

 


OrangeBowl wrote:

@Frog

 

Of all the great advice you've given on these boards ^above^ is by far the best

 

I try not to comment on others comments but I couldn't resist this one


 

Thank you!  :smileyhappy:

 

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Undel wrote:

I haven't purchased anyting from Amazon yet. My apologies on my false assumption that calibre would covert it for me, as I purchased a book from Borders and calibre organized and uploaded it just fine to the Nook for me.

 

I'm aware of all the sites you listed, as well as places like fictionwise (though that's owned by B&N too, so eh...)


 

 

Okey dokey, quick reference guide...

 

You can put almost any epub (you cannot use the iBooks version!) format, pdb format and pdf format on the Nook.  You cannot use iBooks epub and you cannot use Amazon, they both hold their formats close and you have to use their readers or apps to read their books...  For all real intents and purposes, you can not currently put a BN eBook on any of the other mainstream epub readers (Sony or Kobo) that might be changing later though and it will not work at all (and don't look for this to change) on iBooks or Amazon readers or apps...

 

When you purchased from Borders that book was already the correct format so Calibre had no problem with it.  If you want to check and see if an eBook has DRM just try to view it in Calibre, if it has DRM you won't be able to view it, if it doesn't you will.  A few (very few) of the eBooks from the main retailers are DRM free but they don't advertise them as such so always assume it will be DRM unless you somehow know otherwise.

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Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

I know many of you have heard about B&N being sold and not doing so well financially. If you haven't heard, read this article on the Wall Street Journal's website, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703824304575435512550936090.html?KEYWORDS=barnes+and+n...

 

I recently decided that I was going to buy the Nook over Amazon's Kindle, for both my son and I. But after I came across this news about B&N going out of business...I am concerned that if they do go, what will happen to all of the customers who bought the Nook? Will we be left in the dust with no support of way to download books etc.?

Is anyone else worried about this?

Amy

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

BN is not for sale.

 

The board of directors is looking for way to increase the stock value, which might include selling the company. "For sale" also is not the same as "bankrupt". Don't confuse the two. 

 

The WSJ in particular seems to have forgotten the meaning of the word "might".

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

 


Gothic-Lover wrote:

I know many of you have heard about B&N being sold and not doing so well financially. If you haven't heard, read this article on the Wall Street Journal's website, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703824304575435512550936090.html?KEYWORDS=barnes+and+n...

 

I recently decided that I was going to buy the Nook over Amazon's Kindle, for both my son and I. But after I came across this news about B&N going out of business...I am concerned that if they do go, what will happen to all of the customers who bought the Nook? Will we be left in the dust with no support of way to download books etc.?

Is anyone else worried about this?

Amy


 

 

For Sale DOES NOT EQUAL Going Out of Business.

 

These are two very different things.

 

No article or rumor I have come across says B&N is going out of business.

 

The only reason for someone to buy B&N is if they think they can make money from the company.

 

In my opinion B&N's biggest selling point is the NOOK, NOOK Apps, and it's eBook store. Certainly they are the last thing a new owner would be looking to get rid of, and the first thing they would consider increasing investment in.

 

 

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

No. Not worried. Nook on....

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

No - not worried at all. 

 

Even IF Barnes & Noble went out of business and disappeared from the face of the earth, your nook will still be able to read books.  You could still get books from your library, still purchase books from any number of on-line web sites, still load (if you wish) mp3's to listen to, etc. 

 

If your nook becomes non-functional, then that could present a problem.  Chances of that happening however are relatively small.  More than likely your nook will last at least several years, at which time, eBook technology would have improved to the point that you would probably buy a new device anyway.

 

Buy the nook, use it, and enjoy it.

 

Bob

 

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

Also not worried.  First, I never believe anything the WSJ says since they seem to completely make up their "facts" about half the time...or conveniently leave half the facts out to make a more exciting story.  Most news outlets have the same problem which is why I avoid them too. 

 

Two, there is absolutely no indication that B&N is in any kind of financial trouble.  Indeed all reports seem to suggest that since the release of Nook and ebooks, B&N is doing very very well financially.  If I am wrong feel free to point me to a credible source that says they're in trouble, because I haven't seen one.

 

Three, putting the company up for sale is no indication is will be going out of business.  It would be very stupid for anyone to buy a company that has a very successful new technology, a long establihed history, is financial stable, and shut it down....that would be a very dumb move. 

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

Am I worried? In a word—no.

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

I've got much bigger things to worry about than whether B&N fails. Really, I wish this were one of my big concerns.:smileyindifferent:

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

 


flyingtoastr wrote:

 

 

The WSJ in particular seems to have forgotten the meaning of the word "might".


 

Considering who now owns the WSJ that comes as no surprise.  It is however highly amusing considering that when the WSJ was sold it did not disappear.  They seem to have forgotten that too.

 

 

 

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

Thought we were done with this nonsense or it is just a couple of trolls?

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

OP's post count is one. Registered today. Silly troll. Go back to your kindle boards.

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Re: Is anyone worried about B&N going out of business?!?!?!?

@ Gothic-Lover,

 

Nope, not worried.