Barnes & Noble tablets get maps before Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble is skipping out on Google Maps for tablets and is partnering instead with Berlin-based mobile map company skobbler. skobbler’s ForeverMap 2 app is available in the Nook store today, and Nook will open up to location-based app developers later this year.

A $199 Nook Tablet takes aim at Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble announced a $199 version of its Nook Tablet on Tuesday with half of the memory and storage of the current $249 model. B&N is taking aim at Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire, but it doesn’t have a full-featured ecosystem to compete with.

Fragmented Android tablet market can still mean big money for devs

Ansca Mobile, maker of the Corona cross-platform app development tool, released a new Corona SDK today that supports the Kindle Fire and Nook Color separately. Ansca says it makes sense to treat those devices as their own opportunities because they represent separate platforms with sufficient differences.

Hands on with the Nook Tablet: A solid $249 device

After buying a Kindle Fire tablet and sharing first impressions, I received a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet review unit, so I’m giving equal time to the new Nook. Here are my first 30 minutes’ worth of impressions to share on the hardware, software, and user experience.

5 reasons e-reader sales will nearly triple by 2016

Dedicated e-reader sales aren’t growing as fast as those of tablets, but are still expected to nearly triple in the next five years, reaching 67 million sales by 2016, according to Juniper Research. Even with the growth of tablets, I agree with Juniper for several reasons.

Here’s the secret to Amazon’s, B&N’s tablet strategy

Details of Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet have already leaked, and it looks like a winning follow up to the Nook Color. It’s a shame computer makers don’t see the winning strategy: Build a solid, but inexpensive tablet that does a few key things well.