From Digital Book World:
Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital device and content platform is now doing business in 32 countries and 14 languages and, despite turmoil on the balance sheet for the company, the executives leading its international expansion are optimistic about the future of their efforts.
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“This is the very tip of our international expansion,” Nook Press general manager Theresa Horner told Digital Book World at the London Book Fair. Nook Press is the self-publishing arm of Nook.
Horner pointed to countries like India, Singapore and Spanish-language markets as places where there wasn’t yet much digital content or ebook purchasing activity but were promising targets for expansion.
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While the company wouldn’t share device and ebook units, Eustace said that “we’re really happy with the numbers we did in 2013.”
He called the content sales a “slow build” that would grow as more devices made it onto the market.
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Nook has also been partnering with Micosoft on distributing its apps through the Windows 8 platform.
Link to the rest at Digital Book World
PG is a bit skeptical.
In the US, Nook’s biggest competitive advantage vs. other ereaders was the prominent placement of Nook kiosks in Barnes & Noble stores and physical access to Barnes & Noble’s customers streaming by. Without that advantage overseas, exactly why would anyone choose Nook over Kobo or Amazon?
The Nook Store is still behind the state of the art and, while Nooks were always decent hardware, they don’t have either killer technical advantages or meaningful exclusive content compared to competitors.
Why does a Nook generate a second glance from someone who has never heard of Barnes & Noble?