3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2013 9:47 AM by lookingforward

    The Future of Nook Devices and a Question

      I have the HD plus, and am very pleased with it.   But with what we see going on in the marketplace, it is very possible that at some point there will be no Nook devices, just the Nook software.


      Does anyone know, does Nook for Android and Nook for IPad only work if you have Wifi access?   There is quite limited Wifi access away from home in my area.   I am afraid that Nook will stop making tablets, and I will only be able to access my Nook library through someone's cloud.  I would hate to be in that situation, as I have a huge library on my Nook, and would not want to be in a situation where I cannot have it locally stored.  Thoughts?

        • 1. Re: The Future of Nook Devices and a Question
          This is a legitimate question, I often wonder what will happen with this product and the fate of our libraries. Customer service has already gone to the dogs, so what will happen if the Nook isn't around anymore?!
          • 2. Re: The Future of Nook Devices and a Question

            Nook may be on shaky ground, but here is why I think you don't need to worry:


            If you look at any of the articles last February talking about the poor Q3 2013 numbers, there was mention of less focus on hardware, not of abandoning hardware altogether.


            But the media likes sensationalism, so they're going to give you nothing but doom and gloom.  What's interesting is that the media is now complaining about the very thing they've been telling B&N to do for the past few years.  What do I mean?  The Nooks have always received high marks in hardware, it's the one thing on which they all agree.  The negatives are always pointed out as being software and content, especially the app store.  So, now that B&N says they are going to shift the focus (and they are, in-app purchasing is coming, they say international expansion is still on track, they're still signing deals with movie studios) the same journalists are now shouting that the sky is falling.  Even though this is what they suggested B&N get to in the first place.


            Once again, B&N (or is it Nook Media?) has some work ahead of it.  the tech media have been saying for the last 3 or 4 years That B&N will be dead "next year".  But it's not, and it's still chugging along and with a cash balance, you know, the thing Amazon doesn't have but Bezos is somehow allowed to get away with.   Sure Wall Street maybe on edge, but the device itself is still popular enough to be mentioned in just about every tablet article (Apple > Google > Amazon > B&N).


            My 2 cents... or 3


            (also yes, to your other question, you can download the nookbooks directly to your apps on both iOS and Android)

            • 3. Re: The Future of Nook Devices and a Question
              I don't see that anyone answered your question about the wifi access. My understanding is that your device will download the books and you will only need wifi to sync the app with your nook. So you should be able to read on your device without the wifi as long as you have downloaded the book while on wifi.