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Nook May Be Barnes & Noble’s Salvation

Barnes & Noble released its first-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, revealing that sales of its Nook e-reader and e-books have been helping to offset the company's sinking physical book sales. Total revenue was up 2 percent to $1.42 billion. Store revenue was down 3 percent to $1 billion. Onli...

Nook May Be Barnes & Noble’s Salvation

Barnes & Noble released its first-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, revealing that sales of its Nook e-reader and e-books have been helping to offset the company's sinking physical book sales. Total revenue was up 2 percent to $1.42 billion. Store revenue was down 3 percent to $1 billion. Onli...

App Store Open to Subscriptions as Long as Apple Gets Its Bite

Apple has announced a new subscription service that will be available to all content-based apps on the App Store. This includes magazines, newspapers, videos, music and more. Apple will process payments and keep a 30 percent share as it does with current App Store sales. However, if a publisher shou...

Borders Buries Its Nose Deeper Into E-Books

Borders is expanding its reach into the e-book market with the launch of its e-bookstore, a site that holds 1.5 million titles and is powered by powered by Canadian company Kobo. Borders acquired a stake in the firm last year and sells the Kobo eReader at the online store, as well as the Sony Reader...

Pandigital’s Novel eReader: The Little Android Tablet That Could?

Pandigital, the company best known for its digital photo frames, on Monday entered the e-book reader fray with an Android-powered device featuring a $199 price point and a 7-inch color display. Through a partnership with Barnes & Noble, the Pandigital Novel also includes an integrated e-bookstor...

Borders Wades Into E-Reader Fray With Economy Model

Borders has launched its plan to sell the Kobo e-book reader and open its own e-book store on an increasingly crowded market Monday, apparently pinning its hopes on a slim price to mark out its territory. The Kobo eReader will be available June 17 for $150 -- markedly cheaper than other readers and ...

Target Dumps Amazon to Steer Its Own E-Commerce Course

Target is taking control of its e-commerce operations and striking out on its own. The discount retailer plans to build and manage its own platform for Target.com when its current contract with Amazon.com runs out in 2011. Target has outsourced its Web site's platform and fulfillment operations to A...

EXPERT ADVICE

Don’t Mess With the Platform – Enhance the E-Commerce Experience

As I watch the world economy spiraling downward, I thank my lucky stars that I happen to work in one of the few industries that is expected to grow despite the downturn. Nonetheless, online retailers are going to face slower growth than we were all predicting even a few weeks ago, and the industry i...

ANALYSIS

The Hyper-Personalized Business Model Trend

In March 2008, online product sourcing directory SaleHoo conducted an e-commerce behavioral survey of its members. SaleHoo's members are dedicated online sellers and retailers, and they are knowledgeable and savvy e-commerce users. The survey was comprised of eight questions -- four demographic ques...

Personalization: Telling E-Tail Customers What They Really Want

E-tailers are taking a new look at personalization these days as they hunt for more ways to cross-sell, upsell and encourage repeat business. E-commerce solutions providers and research firms are advocating the integration of personalization into online strategies as one way companies can optimize c...

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The Secret Belgian News, Android Talent Show, Giving Away Money

The Belgian newspaper group Copiepresse, which won a court ruling last year against Google for linking to its stories without permission, is now asking a court to award it up to $77 million in damages. It is also asking the court to force Google to publish the ruling against its linking practice in ...

Borders Goes It Alone With New E-Commerce Site

Borders officially cut its ties with Amazon.com on Tuesday, with the rollout of its long-planned solo e-commerce site. The book retailer announced last March that it would go it alone online after teaming with Amazon for six years. Borders is now striving to differentiate itself from its online comp...

Digital Downloading at Heart of Borders’ Splashy New Concept Stores

It's not exactly Amazon.com's business model, but Borders Group appears to be at least borrowing a page from the Web-based book and music retailer by offering digital downloads. Borders, the second-largest book retailer in the U.S., on Wednesday, announced it is opening the first of 14 new concept s...

Amazon, Borders Ink In-Store Pickup Deal

Amazon.com has announced the expansion of its year-old partnership with Borders Group, in which Amazon operates the Borders.com Web site. Now, customers who buy certain books, music and movies through the e-tailer will be able to pick up their purchases in Borders stores nationwide. The deal, sla...

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