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Archer Hotel, New York: The service-focused hotel offers hidden surprises in each nook and cranny

Archer Hotel, New York


Joining the cluster of hotels south of Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan is the boutique Archer Hotel, a new brand from the privately-owned LodgeWorks Partners. The brand’s philosophy is represented by a fictional, enigmatic yet gracious…

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble are making a Nook together

Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced on Thursday a co-branded device called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch reading-focused tablet designed to compete with the Kindle Fire HDX and the Nexus 7. It’s the first sign of life in some time for the Nook brand, the lineup of ebook readers and tablets that have been consistently great but never popular enough to unseat Amazon as king of the reading device. Now, however, with the combined retail and marketing weight of Samsung and Barnes & Noble, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook may have the might to find a place once again. (And there’s only the slightest irony in the fact that Microsoft owns part of the Nook brand, meaning it now owns yet another Android device.)

For Barnes & Noble, it’s a chance to keep…

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Nook sales plummet for 2013 holidays

Barnes & Noble’s Nook didn’t have a very happy holidays. Over the nine week period from just before Halloween to just after Christmas, sales of Nooks and Nook accessories totaled only $ 88.7 million, a major drop of 66.7 percent from last year’s sales, while overall Nook revenues were $ 125 million, a 60.5 percent decline from this period last year. The decline in Nook hardware sales seems to have led to a sizable decline in sales of ebooks and other media too, with Barnes & Noble’s digital content sales falling 27.3 percent year-over-year.

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Barnes & Noble’s new Nook GlowLight is lighter, faster, and full of ideas

Barnes & Noble’s Nook division seems to exist in a constant state of flux — one day it’s being spun off, the next its construction outsourced — but the retail giant continues producing its E Ink readers unabated. Today it’s announcing the Nook GlowLight, its new flagship ebook reader. It’s designed to compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, and Barnes & Noble makes a surprisingly compelling case.

The device itself is incredibly light and thin. At 6.2 ounces, it feels almost empty — plastic with soft-touch edges, it’s incredibly comfortable to hold any way you can think of. It’s white and gray, a stark contrast to the Paperwhite; Barnes & Noble says it picked the color because it more closely mimics the margins of the…

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Barnes & Noble gives up on making its own Nook tablets with third-party licensing deal

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Barnes & Noble is spinning off its Nook tablet line to third party manufacturers. In a statement accompanying a financial release today, the retailer confirmed it will no longer make Nook tablets, but will instead create a “partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market.” The change is a move to reduce losses — the company is currently hemorrhaging money — by limiting “risks associated with manufacturing.”

The fate of Barnes & Noble’s Nook division has been In doubt recently. Today’s quarterly financial results reveal a 34 percent drop in revenue year-over-year. Despite opening up to third-party manufacturers, the in-house Nook HD and HD+ tablets will continue to be sold throughout the year — likely…

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Nook Simple Touch e-readers reportedly adding web browser and email client next week

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Barnes & Noble’s E Ink e-readers are getting an update next month that will add a web browser and email client, reports TechCrunch. Citing an unnamed source, it writes that the Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with GlowLight will start receiving the updates on June 1st.

The Nook Simple Touch shipped with a limited, hidden web browser when it was first released in 2011, but Barnes & Noble removed the function in a software update a few months later. The ability to check news headlines and do some light email work should give the $ 79 Nook platform some extra value, although slow-refreshing E Ink doesn’t really provide the best browsing experience. The low-priced Nooks aren’t the only ones to be getting extra attention from home…

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Microsoft reportedly trying to buy Nook ebook ecosystem for $1 billion

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TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft is trying to buy the Nook ebook and device ecosystem — for $ 1 billion. According to documents TechCrunch has obtained, Redmond hopes to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC; that’s the Barnes & Noble subsidiary behind the ebook business, as well as the Nook e-readers and tablets themselves.

The documents also reveal that the current Nook tablets aren’t long for this world. They reportedly state that Nook Media plans to discontinue its Android tablets like the Nook HD by the end of its 2014 fiscal year. The focus would then shift to what is referred to as “third-party partner” devices. It’s not clear what those devices specifically would be, or how far along the plans to create third-party…

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Nook HD and HD+ get full Google Play support for Android apps

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets have always been surprisingly good Android devices with one critical flaw: very few apps. That’s because to-date they have relied on the company’s own app store, which offered a tiny fraction of what was available on Google Play. That’s all changed, as the company has announced that the Nook HD and HD+ will be getting a software update that will include the Google Play store and access to the over 700,00 apps contained therein. It will also come pre-loaded on future devices. You’ll be able to not only access apps through the Google Play store, but also the books, magazines, and movies that Google offers.

Barnes & Noble won’t be shutting down its own content and apps store — though we imagine most users…

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E-bleeder: is Nook on its deathbed?

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The ending has yet to be written for Barnes & Noble’s Nook story, which began with the surprise debut of the original Nook e-reader back in late 2009. But recent plot twists don’t appear to bode well for the subsidiary known as “Nook Media,” which contains the company’s e-reader, tablet, and digital content businesses, and which two other companies — Microsoft and publisher Pearson — have bought into.

Over the past few weeks, Barnes & Noble has announced fire sale after fire sale for Nook products: Buy a Nook HD+ tablet and get a Nook Simple Touch free! Download the Nook app for Windows 8 and get free bestselling digital book and magazine titles! The latest deal, which was just announced last week, targets teachers as part of Barnes…

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Nook HD and HD+

Two updated tablets focused on content consumption

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Announced today, Barnes & Noble has updated the popular Nook tablet with HD and HD+ versions. Unlike competitors like the Kindle Fire or iPad, the new generation of Nooks are offered strictly as content consumption devices; while users can peruse books, music, magazines and movies, you won’t find a…

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