16 Replies Latest reply on Jun 17, 2013 8:18 PM by Mercury_Glitch

    Tablet being discontinued?

    Rxtech06
      I've read in an existing post that the NT will be discontinued, with no futher updates. Possibly no more development in apps, etc. I have searched for information that may be more concrete, but have come up empty handed. Can anyone give a confirmation on this? I'm really upset to hear this news. I feel as if I have been robbed. I spend many hours a day on my tablet and therefore spend a considerable amount of money.
        • Re: Tablet being discontinued?

          1) B&N is going to stop making more Nook Tablets.

           

          That doesn't mean everything you write. Let me try and address what it might mean.

           

          What it definitely means:

           

          a) After existing stock of Nook Tablets sells out, there will be no more Nook Tablets available.

           

          b) That at some point in the future B&N will stop doing software updates for Nook Tablets. Not sure when. There may very well be updates for some time.

           

          c) That %age of Nook Tablets will start becoming a smaller %age of all Nooks.

           

          What it does not mean:

           

          a) That your Nook Tablet will stop working.

           

          b) That app developers will stop making apps for Tablet. Tablets and Colors greatly outnumber HD and HD+ and that scenario might continue for a year or more.

           

          c) All the money you have spent is wasted.

           

          I don't understand this. You can read your books on any Nook Reader App on any platform (almost). You can get a Color or Tablet or HD or HD+ to play games.

           

          If you get movies there are going to be Nook Videos apps for different platforms to watch them.

           

          *****

           

          If you let us know exactly what your concerns are perhaps forums members can tell you which are unfounded and which are valid.

           

          *****

          Also, from a personal perspective, I think it's a very short sighted decision.

           

          Nook Color and Nook Tablet were well-tested and wuld have been absolutely SUPER as $125 and $150 Reading Tablets. They would do really, really well.

           

          B&N discontinuing them is a very, very strange decision.

           

          This is exacerbated by how many bugs there are in HD and HD+. And the $325 iPad Mini. Whereas the $125 Nook Color and $150 Nook Tablet would have definitely prospered and increased B&N's market share, the HD and HD+ might not.

            • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
              bob5958

              I realize that technology changes and nothing is forever, but I've purchased almost 100 books for my Nook, I like the format but am reluctant to purchase additional books given all of the rumors.

              There will come a point when my NOOK no longer works and although I've tried,  reading on my iPad or PC just isn't comfortable or easy. A smaller footprint e-reader is certainly appealing to me.

              How likely is it that if the NOOK is discontinued, some similar device will appear that will allow me to continue reading and purchasing Barnes & Noble Books?

                • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                  MacMcK1957

                  bob5958 wrote:

                  I realize that technology changes and nothing is forever, but I've purchased almost 100 books for my Nook, I like the format but am reluctant to purchase additional books given all of the rumors.

                  There will come a point when my NOOK no longer works and although I've tried,  reading on my iPad or PC just isn't comfortable or easy. A smaller footprint e-reader is certainly appealing to me.

                  How likely is it that if the NOOK is discontinued, some similar device will appear that will allow me to continue reading and purchasing Barnes & Noble Books?


                  My guess would be that it is almost certain.  There are already B&N apps for just about every type of tablet, laptop and desktop.  Since you don't like those I'm assuming that you use an NST, or maybe even an old N1E.  There's a quite large hardcore base of e-ink users who love the format, and I can't imagine that we'll be left without an option.  If B&N stops manufacturing them then someone will step in to fill the gap, whether it's Kobo, Sony or even (<shudder>) Amazon.

                    • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                      keriflur

                      MacMcK1957 wrote:
                      If B&N stops manufacturing them then someone will step in to fill the gap, whether it's Kobo, Sony or even (<shudder>) Amazon.

                      Well, since all three of these companies are currently making both tablets and eink devices, there won't be a gap to fill, folks will just move over to the next best device for them.

                       

                      For me, I'm just waiting to see what B&N is going to do next, and I'm ready to buy a new NST should they announce they're discontinuing them.  Devices purchased now will likely last for at least a few years, if not longer (my N1E is 3.5 years old and still going strong), so if I pick up a new device this year, I probably won't actually *need* another new device until 2016 or later.

                        • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                          MacMcK1957

                          keriflur wrote:

                          ... 

                          For me, I'm just waiting to see what B&N is going to do next, and I'm ready to buy a new NST should they announce they're discontinuing them.  Devices purchased now will likely last for at least a few years, if not longer (my N1E is 3.5 years old and still going strong), so if I pick up a new device this year, I probably won't actually *need* another new device until 2016 or later.


                          Me, too.  Despite one or two frustrating quirks (shelving), overall I really like my NST, so I would have no problem stashing one or two aside.  If I have to buy later books from another source like Google and sideload through ADE, so be it.

                        • Re: Tablet being discontinued?

                          I'll second that. There will definitely be some company that will fill the demand for eInk based readers.

                            • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                              LarryOnLI

                              Slightly off topic here but:

                               

                              If B&N were to go out of business, what obligations do the publishers have to make our purchased eBooks available to us.

                               

                              Especially if they were sold using the Agency Model, where the publisher is the seller, would the publisher be obligated to provide our eBook in a format that could be read on another device?

                               

                              If any of the legal experts on the board would care to provide an opinion I would be curious to know the answer.

                               

                                • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                                  Mercury_Glitch

                                  Given other examples where ebooks are suddenly no longer available, and neither B&N nor the publisher have been able to do anything, I have to imagine the answer is that they've got little obligation to resolve that issue.

                                   

                                  This is why forum regulars always suggest backing up your purchases.  You can do this by downloading them via the free Nook for PC/Mac app.  Or for the slightly more ambitious there are methods, that do not involve rooting, to enable your NST/G (maybe the other Nooks, I didn't really look) to download B&N purchases to the SD card instead of the internal hidden partition. 

                                   

                                  Should both B&N and Nook disappear you can take those ebooks and run them through Adobe Digital Editions and that should flag them as readable for you on any ereader that supports ADE. 

                                   

                                  Should B&N/Nook disappear tomorrow, I doubt it, I would think the Kobo Glo or the Kobo Aura would be the best replacements.  Both support epub and the aforementioned ADE.  Sony doesn't seem to care about ereaders anymore so while CS at Kobo hasn't been five star, it may be better than the support you would get from Sony.  There's also the KPW of course, but that means converting any of your ebooks which gets in to legal issues.  Or repurchasing any ebooks you want through Amazon. 

                            • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                              Omnigeek

                              bob5958 wrote:

                              I realize that technology changes and nothing is forever, but I've purchased almost 100 books for my Nook, I like the format but am reluctant to purchase additional books given all of the rumors.

                              There will come a point when my NOOK no longer works and although I've tried,  reading on my iPad or PC just isn't comfortable or easy. A smaller footprint e-reader is certainly appealing to me.

                              How likely is it that if the NOOK is discontinued, some similar device will appear that will allow me to continue reading and purchasing Barnes & Noble Books?


                              1.  I think it's unlikely the Nook will be discontinued any time in the near future despite the wishful thinking of Microsoft proponents and Amazon shills throughout the forum.

                              2.  You will almost certainly be able to access the content your have bought and will buy in the future.  There are plenty of other ereaders that understand EPUB as well as programs available on Android, Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

                              • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                                TnTexas

                                bob5958: I realize that technology changes and nothing is forever, but I've purchased almost 100 books for my Nook, I like the format but am reluctant to purchase additional books given all of the rumors.

                                There will come a point when my NOOK no longer works and although I've tried,  reading on my iPad or PC just isn't comfortable or easy. A smaller footprint e-reader is certainly appealing to me.

                                How likely is it that if the NOOK is discontinued, some similar device will appear that will allow me to continue reading and purchasing Barnes & Noble Books?

                                 

                                Do you find the difficult to read on them because of their size or because of the type of screens they use? I ask because I find it difficult to read on my Nook HD+ but I have no problem whatsoever on my Nook Tablet. For me the type of screen is no problem, it's the size of the device that makes a difference.

                                 

                                Anyway, if it's the size that bothers you, there are other 7" tablets/media tablets out there that you can easily read your B&N Nook books on by using the B&N reading app so you don't have to worry about losing access to your books.. Four decent ones that I know of are Google's Nexus 7, Samsung's 7" Galaxy Tab, and Amazon's Fire and Fire HDs. I wouldn't be surprised if more are developed over time.

                                • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                                  BruceMcF

                                  bob5958 wrote:

                                  I realize that technology changes and nothing is forever, but I've purchased almost 100 books for my Nook, I like the format but am reluctant to purchase additional books given all of the rumors.

                                  There will come a point when my NOOK no longer works and although I've tried,  reading on my iPad or PC just isn't comfortable or easy. A smaller footprint e-reader is certainly appealing to me.

                                  How likely is it that if the NOOK is discontinued, some similar device will appear that will allow me to continue reading and purchasing Barnes & Noble Books?


                                  At least for formats that are compatible (and therefore downloadable) with the Nook PC app, its already certain, since similar devices already exist.

                                   

                                  You can read Nook books on a Nexus7, or an under $100 Cheap Chinese tablet from ebay (with horrible battery life), or a phablet, or a Kobo tablet, using either the Android Nook app or using 3rd party readers that support the B&N DRM system. Since the DRM is a public key / private key system that is based on entering your credit card details, its not going to stop being usable even if Nook media were to go belly-up.

                                   

                                  The only concern would be if you had something that was only available on the Nook cloud, but as long as you have the file in available storage somewhere ~ such as the file folder used by the Nook PC app ~ access to the books is not going anywhere just because you ran over your Nook with a car after the Nook line has gone EOL.

                              • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                                Rxtech06
                                I really appreciate the clarification. Maybe my post came off stronger than I meant. I was really taken off guard when I heard. I have severed ligamints in my wrists and there are only a handful of things I can do without great pain or causing further damage. This is why my tablet is so important to me. If you see me awake, you also see my tablet. Maybe this will explain how important the NT is to me. I know that technology is constantly evolving. I started out with a NC and then moved up to the NT. I don't want to buy another nook so soon. Now that I know the NT wont just be forgotten, I feel better. A small part of why I started this post was to seperate fact from rumor for myself and others as well. B&N needs to see in print exactly how people feel.
                                • Re: Tablet being discontinued?
                                  Rxtech06
                                  How do I mark this post as resolved?
                                  • Re: Tablet being discontinued?

                                    Well, before they mark this as "resolved" I'd like to say I want to buy the color tablet for $129.00.  I don't care if they keep making them I just want to make sure I can keep buying books for them, buying movies and apps for them.  So going by this thread I would be safe to buy one?  I don't want to waste my money but I played with one today and it seemed to have everything I need and I have a first generation now that works fine still.