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Barnes and Noble’s New CEO Says the Nook Will Live On

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Two months ago, Barnes & Noble announced that it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets itself and instead seek partnerships with third-party manufacturers to build a co-branded line of tablets. The company is rethinking its stance, however, perhaps as a result of a change at the top. Last month, CEO William Lynch resigned and Michael Huseby was appointed president of the company and CEO of Nook Media. Huseby provided an optimistic outlook on the future of Nook tablets in a Q1 2014 earnings press release today. “The company intends to continue to design and develop cutting-edge Nook black and white and color devices,” Huseby said. “We will continue to offer our award-winning line of Nook products, including Nook Simple Touch, Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light, Nook HD, and Nook HD+ at the best values in the marketplace.”

Read the full story at Ars Technica.

Nearly 2 in 3 Young Adults Prefer Books to E-Books

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Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer print books to ebooks. Asked about preferences for physical products versus digital content, printed books jump out as the media most desired in material form, ahead of movies (48%), newspapers and magazines (47%), CDs (32%), and video games (31%). “It is surprising because we think of 16-24s as being attached to their smartphones and digital devices, so it does shout out,” said Luke Mitchell of agency Voxburner, which researched questions about buying and using content with 1,420 young adults. The two big reasons for preferring print are value for money and an emotional connection to physical books.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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