You don't have to worry about losing the books. As long as you buy an android tablet that has access to Google Play or and Ipad, you can download the Nook app for free and still read your books. Not sure about the SD card. Unfortunately, you might lose the apps. I'm now very glad that I only purchased a few apps, most of which are also available on Google Play (many of which are free, unlike B&N) and/or itunes. I'm just upset I paid so much for an ereader that B&N has not had enough support for and probably won't update. I wish the Kobo Vox or Ipad mini had been available back when I purchased the NC-I would have purchased one of those instead (I did purchase the Kobo Vox later on-it's better than the NC, but not as good as an Ipad).
Who would have thought after only having this device for a year that it would be totally discontinued while other Nooks are still prevailing. After investing money in apps, books, SD card, it is upsetting to know that there will be no more updates or possible app development. I realize that items evolve but in this case the phase out was so fast. I feel as if I just threw my money away. If I knew the inevitable, I would have bought another device or just a plain e reader.
Which "other Nooks"?
I don't see anyone selling 1st Edition e-Ink models...
The Simple Touch (w/wo Glow) are e-Ink and don't compete in the same market as the Color.
The Tablet came out some months after the Color -- which, to me, was already a signal that the Color was phasing out... Though one could look at it as B&N trying to keep two levels of each series:
ST < STG
Color < Tablet
With the introduction of the HD and HD+, I truly expect the Tablet to be the next one to vanish from the market as the
HD < HD+
fits the color LCD role and relative placement as the Color < Tablet pair.
The Simple Touch will likely fade next spring/summer when some newer e-Ink model is released.
Besides, consumer electronics are obsolete the day they hit the shelves -- the next generation product will already be in the design stage, if not in the prototype hardware (for software development) point.
There are new car models every year.
There are new TV models every year. The HD one I bought a few years ago only had an analog tuner, not a digital one. The 2nd HD model I bought a couple years ago didn't have LED back-lighting or 3D.
At least in the USA, this is almost a universal experience for everyone.
The Nook 1st editions (from 3 years ago) are no longer sold, but still supported. They received at least four software updates that I am aware of.
The Nook Color was introduced 2 years ago, and has received seven updates, including three after its successor (the Nook Tablet) was available. If you bought your Nook Color only a year ago, you knew that (and got updates after that).
Does your Nook Color (or car, or TV) do less that it did a year ago ??? Nope. And saying that there is no more app development is false. Apps are still being developed for all the non-e-Ink Nooks.
I just bought an eBook by Vance Packard: "The Waste Makers", about how post-WWII marketing has tried to convince people that they always have to have the latest and greatest. Both this book and his related book, "The Hidden Persuaders", were written in the 1960s, so this is not a new phenomenon. Both books have been reissued as eBooks, and are in the B&N shop for $10. I'm pretty sure they are compatible with your Nook Color ...
If you really feel you threw your money away, sell your Nook Color on eBay or Craigslist for $80-100, where they sell as a highly desireable generic Android platform.
You can register up to 6 nook devices on your account, so if you were to upgrade to one of the new ones, you would still have everything that you purchased.
Catarific, developers are still going to develop apps for Nook Color. For two reasons
1) There are a lot of Nook Color owners. There are, comparatively, fewer HD and HD+ owners.
2) Any developer who ignores Color gets less sales. That means lower sales ranking. That means less visibility. That means lower sales.
So most developers will still develop apps for Nook Color. Of course, not all.
I think 'discontinued' just means they stop making and selling them.
Books you can read on any devices using Nook REading Apps.
Apps work if you get another Nook. However, there you have a valid concern. This is its own ecosystem.
Nook Color came out in 2010. So it's two years. This is not a good shift but it's happening everywhere - devices get discontinued faster and faster these days.
Wish we could go back to when devices lasted 5 to 15 years or more.
Your device should keep working fine - B&N discontinuing the product line shouldn't affect very many things. I've had my Nook Color and it's still one of my favorite devices. 2 years and going strong.
I love my NOOk and will continue to use it.See no different than buying a computer, every two years they change them, windows 95, then 98, 2000, XP 7 and now windows 8 just came out.
Wish we could go back to when devices lasted 5 to 15 years or more..
How long a device is made for has no bearing on how long a device lasts. There's no reason to believe that nook colors won't still be going strong in another 3 years. I know my 3-year old N1E is still working just fine and probably will for years to come.
Who would have thought after only having this device for a year that it would be totally discontinued while other Nooks are still prevailing.
Anybody paying attention who bought the Nook Color in its second Christmas season at the same time as its successor was released would expect it to be phased out in the following Christmas season.
After investing money in apps, books, SD card, it is upsetting to know that there will be no more updates or possible app development. I realize that items evolve but in this case the phase out was so fast.
As others have already noted, they aren't going door to door taking a hammer to NC's already out there. 3rd party app development likely so long as Android FroYo retains double digit market share, which makes developing Android 2.3+ apps as opposed to Android 2.2+ apps less appealing. It is, indeed, quite feasible for B&N to roll out a Nook Video app for the Nook Color, if they come out with a Nook Video SD app for Android devices with lower power video hardware, or if their mainline Nook Android app drops down gracefully to SD video on hardware that doesn't support 720p.