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    What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

      I just read that Barnes & Nobles could be one of the next 5 big chains to close by 2017. What happens to our NC if this happens?? I would hate to see another book store close. But I do have to admit, having my NC, I do not go into books stores anymore, nor do I wish to by a paper back books. But that doesn't mean I want them to close.

       

      Borders was one of the first stores to open our mall over 20yrs. ago and the closing of it has had a major in pack.

       

      We do not have a B&N in our town,  (well we do, but it is just a small college one) I do know I would go there if we did. I would hate for them to close.

       

      But I am more worried how B&N closing will effect the NC.

        • 1. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??
          Omnigeek

          I think the fears of B&N closing are overwrought however you have a couple things to consider:

           

          • Any closure -- if it happens -- probably won't happen for at least 3 years.  Your Nook Color will still be working,  you just might not get any additional software upgrades after that.
          • Which is more likely, B&N closing or you "moving up" to a new device 3 years from now?  Do you still have the same cell phone you had 3 years ago?  The same laptop or desktop computer?  The same music player?
          • You can always root the Nook Color and continue to get Android updates as needed/desired.
          • You can download your B&N EPUBs to a laptop or desktop computer now and archive them yourself.  There are even tools to remove the DRM although you must be warned that at a minimum they violate your purchase agreement and ultimately could be viewed as a civil or criminal offense.

           

          In short, I wouldn't worry about B&N closing but if they do, you should probably be more worried about having your own archive of books you've bought than about any failure with your Nook Color.

          • 2. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

            If the entire company went away, unlikely given that they have no real competitor in BM and online is growing then there would be a transition process.  The ability to download your books and retain them would be one of the required responses by a court.  Assests such as customer lists would be sold.  It is almost certain that DRM and format would be supported by other entities or publishers would then be at risk for lawsuit.  Denying you access to your licensed ebook purchase would get consumer agencies attention big time.  Your app which displays your book resides on your devices and would not go away.  It is likely someone would buy the reader app and possibly rename it, marketing as supporting and reading BN DRM books.  You really have very little risk except that customer support for issues with your devices and you would have to download everything because archiving would go away.

            • 3. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

              There are a number of ebook websites that  provide ePub books you can buy (and free too) an sideload---I do it all the time.

              • 4. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                2017??? You are worried about something that may or may not happen 5 years from now? :smileyhappy: 

                 

                In the technology field especially, I can't even fathom where we will be then so I don't waste any time worrying about it. Who knows what form reading will take in the future!

                 

                As with all major technology changes, such as vinyl records to cassettes to CDs to MP3 - we've had plenty of notice to convert our existing collections to whatever new form the technology takes. There's always a significant overlap and I don't think there would ever be a sudden cut off of support or access to our digital libraries.

                • 6. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                  I just came across this article which may describe what happens to Nook if (or maybe even if not) B&N closes (which I really really don't want to see happen!)

                   

                  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/barnes-noble-nook_n_1186288.html

                   

                  Plankter

                  • 7. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                    Unfortunately, if B&N goes out of business, all NC's will self destruct, as Mr. Phelp's tapes in Mission Impossible. No way around it, unless you keep it off the internet for good.

                     

                    • 8. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                      Surviving Nook Colors may be bereaved, but B&N's DRM is already readable on a number of non-B&N applications and devices.

                      • 9. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                        I think that's irrelevant since by then ther will be something else on the market to replace both the Kindle's & that's just the nature of technology. Everthing get's replaced eventually. 

                        On another note I'm constantly worried Sony will stop making  Betamaxs :smileyhappy:

                        • 10. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                          patgolfneb wrote:

                          If the entire company went away, unlikely given that they have no real competitor in BM and online is growing then there would be a transition process.  The ability to download your books and retain them would be one of the required responses by a court.  Assests such as customer lists would be sold.  It is almost certain that DRM and format would be supported by other entities or publishers would then be at risk for lawsuit.  Denying you access to your licensed ebook purchase would get consumer agencies attention big time.  Your app which displays your book resides on your devices and would not go away.  It is likely someone would buy the reader app and possibly rename it, marketing as supporting and reading BN DRM books.  You really have very little risk except that customer support for issues with your devices and you would have to download everything because archiving would go away.


                          If I'm not mistaken, when Borders closed, consumers were advised to transfer their eBooks to Kobo, but if you didn't after a certain time period, you no longer had access to the books.  I remember several posts here about this.

                          • 11. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                            Grinchy1 wrote:

                            I just read that Barnes & Nobles could be one of the next 5 big chains to close by 2017. What happens to our NC if this happens?? I would hate to see another book store close. But I do have to admit, having my NC, I do not go into books stores anymore, nor do I wish to by a paper back books. But that doesn't mean I want them to close. ...

                             

                            But I am more worried how B&N closing will effect the NC.


                            There's no necessary reason it will do anything to the Nook. The chain of B&N bookstores shutting down in, say, 2016 is not intrinsically anything to do with the Nook Touch, Nook Color, or Nook Tablet except that the free WiFi in B&N stores and the free sample reading in B&N stores will no longer be available. Most of the rest of it is B&N's site, and there's no reason why the chain of big box stores shutting down would necessarily cause the site to shut down.

                             

                            The reason for the "2017" projection is about the economics of big box bookstores, not about the economics of internet service companies. Whether the B&N eBooks wll continue to be supported will be an issue revolving around the success of the eBooks business, and its just as likely that closing the chain of big box stores would be unlumbering a weight dragging the company down.

                             

                            Indeed, if one thinks about the economics of bookstores, its as likely that the chain of big box stores is replaced by small shopfronts with WiFi, kiosks and a Print on Demand machine in the back as that they will simply shut down with no replacement. The fewer physical books in the bookstore, the less overhead there is to be covered by the coffee and muffin sales.

                             

                            However, with any DRM protected eBooks that you are buying to keep rather than buying as consumable media, store back-up copies offsite. That's not specific to this question nor to B&N, but general advice.

                             

                            • 12. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                              Why are you worried about B&N closing in 2017? Isn't the world supposed to end this year anyway :smileywink:

                              • 13. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                                You know even if BN closes its physical stores I am almost certain Nook will continue just like Amazon with microsoft standing behind Nook i think it will be around for awhile.The nook is the best reader on the market they just got to improve their on line experience to better amazons kindle there is where microsoft comes in. I wouldnt worry just yet have faith.

                                • 14. Re: What Happens to Nookcolor if B&N Closes??

                                  Root it with ManualNooter or install CM7 on emmc and life goes on!

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