Nook circling the drain?

Received two interesting e-mails today from Nook, quoted in their entirety below.

We are writing to announce an important change to our NOOK Service that will affect NOOK Press vendors publishing content in the United Kingdom. Effective March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom. The NOOK Store on NOOK devices sold in the UK, on the NOOK Reading App for Android, and at www.nook.com/gb will discontinue operations.

NOOK customers in the UK will continue to have access to purchased NOOK Books until May 31, 2016. After this date, NOOK has arranged for the award‑winning Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand to provide access to customers’ purchased NOOK Books.

There is no change to NOOK Service or NOOK Press in the United States. If you are an author based outside the US in a supported country, you can continue to use NOOK Press to publish digital content in the United States and receive payment in your local currency.

After the March 15th, 2016 deadline, titles will be available for sale in the US only, with a list price in USD ($). For new titles, you will no longer be able to set pricing in British Pounds (£) or Euros (€). For existing titles, no changes need to be made by you at this time. If you are making a change to the Book Details, however, the Sales Territory Rights will default to “United States only”. Your sales reports will continue to report any sales of titles in the UK that were sold prior to the discontinuation date.

To review more information about this change, visit our FAQs page.

We’d like to thank you for continuing to be a part of the NOOK Press community and sharing our passion for books. We will try to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and our customers who have purchased your titles in the UK.

Sincerely,

The NOOK Team

And this one.

We are writing to announce an upcoming change to your NOOK® service and to explain what it means for you.

Effective March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer offer third party applications (Apps) for sale from the NOOK Store™. All of your existing Apps previously purchased from the NOOK Store will remain in your NOOK Library™ and will continue to be accessible on compatible NOOK devices. This means that you will still be able to download and install previously purchased Apps from the NOOK Library on your device.

You will also continue to be able to discover, purchase, and use third party applications from the wide selection available at the Google Play store on your compatible NOOK device.

No action is necessary on your part, but should you have questions, please visit our FAQs page or contact us.

Please note that our standalone NOOK Reading Apps for Android and iOS are not affected by this change and will remain available on Google Play and iTunes respectively.

Of course, we will continue to offer our full service of books, magazines, and newspapers on both NOOK devices and our standalone Reading Apps, and look forward to bringing the best in digital reading to your NOOK experience.

Sincerely,

The NOOK Team

Wow. Just wow. Of course, it’s not nearly as much as a shocker as Samhain announcing their closure last week, but still.


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One thought on “Nook circling the drain?

  1. I think the short answer is “No.” However, that’s only because the Nook ecosystem went down the drain some time ago. In mine own case, this happened when they took out downloading the files directly to my PC, where I could save and manage them. Their PC application was incompetently built and useless for managing the over 3000 book collection they acquired when they force-moved me from Fictionwise.
    End result was, I erased my credit cards from the site and wiped the logon from my password vault.

    B&N’s incompetence in being BOTH a paper AND an eBook store was evident from day one. You could say the Nook started circling the drain then, but that’s “was”, not “is.” These days, most of my bought eBooks come from SirenBookstrand, with an occasional download to the Kindle app on my home pc thrown in.

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