San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York – Barnes & Noble reported that the learning company Pearson will invest in Nook Media.
The London-based Pearson will invest $89.5 million in cash in Nook Media, which will represent a 5 percent equity stake in Nook’s preferred membership interest. When the deal is finalized, Barnes & Noble will own 78.2 percent of Nook Media, Microsoft will have 16.8 percent, and Pearson will have the remaining 5 percent.
Edison, N.J. -- Sakar International will go to International CES with children’s tablets bearing the Barbie, Hello Kitty and Monster High brands.
The Android tablets are designed for gaming, photos and social networking, the company said.
Sakar, which markets consumer electronics and accessories under multiple licensed brands, will also introduce products from their other licensed lines, including NERF, Ninja Turtles, Targus, Nickelodeon and Disney. Products will include earbuds, text messengers, cameras and karaoke machines.
Lake Success, N.Y. — Coby is making its Android tablets more business-friendly.
The company partnered with CloudLink, known for its Android productivity apps, and Mobile Systems, a provider of personal productivity software, to offer an expanded range of preloaded business-focused apps for Coby’s Kyros line of tablets. The apps are available on tablets currently shipping to retailers.
El Segundo, Calif. – The shelf life of the eReader could be coming to an end thanks to low-priced, multi-use tablets.
According to IHS, the eReader first hit the scene in 2006, and the industry saw shipments jump from about 1 million in 2008 to 10.1 million by 2010. The following year this figure more than doubled to 23.2 million, but since then the category has declined.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft, which originally limited sales of its Microsoft-brand Surface tablet to its online store and company stores, is expanding distribution to other retail outlets in the coming days.
Best Buy and Staples have already said they will carry the device, which is Microsoft’s first branded computer.
New York — Barnes & Noble dropped the price of the Nook Simple Touch to $79.
The Simple Touch had been selling for $99.
BN made the move one day before Amazon launched a one-day sale on its Kindle products.
Seattle — Amazon.com is offering a $50 discount on its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD today.
The one-day sale suggests that demand for its top-of-the-line tablet may be trailing that of its lower-priced 7-inch models.
The temporary discount brings the price of the 8.9-inch 4G LTE wireless Kindle Fire with 32GB and sponsored screensavers down to $449 from $499, and reduces the 64GB model to $549 from $599.
Similarly, the price of the Wi-Fi only, screen-saver subsidized version will be reduced to $249 from $299, and the 32GB model will sell for $319, down from $369.
Bedfordshire, U.K. — The research firm FutureSource Consulting is forecasting that the global tablet market will hit 132 million shipped in 2012.
This figure will almost triple to 352 million per year by 2016. The category saw more than 32 million units shipped in the third quarter, a 75 percent year-over-year increase.
The United States market leads the world in tablet adoption, with an installed of 90 million tablets by the end of 2012, FutureSource said, while Europe will account for about 45 million units.
West Covina, Calif. – E Fun is launching its first Android tablet with access to the Google Play store to download apps and content.
The 7-inch Nextbook Premium 7SE-GP will be available in early December at a suggested $129.
With GooglePlay access, the tablet downloads apps, games music, movies, and offers such Google apps as Gmail, Google Talk, Google+, Google Maps, and YouTube.
Seattle — The 2013 edition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the best ever in sales of Kindle products, Amazon said.
Without revealing specific numbers, online retailer said customers purchased the seven different Kindle products in record numbers. The biggest driver was the Cyber Monday special that dropped the price of the Kindle Fire to $129.
Cyber Monday was the best day for Kindle sales worldwide, the company said.