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The Next iPad Killer That's Dead on Arrival

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  • Report this Comment On September 17, 2011, at 6:03 PM, Popnfresh100 wrote:

    Boy, you guys are bad at reading between the lines.

    Gamestop is a Barnes and Noble spin off.

    Gamestop's largest shareholder is none other than Len Riggio, Chairman of the Barnes and Noble board.

    The Gamestop tablet IS the nook color. Just packaged with a controller and maybe a Gamestop logo somewhere.

    My guess is they will release an app as well so existing nook users (and other android/ iOS users) will be able to use Gamestop streaming as well if they buy a controller.

    The economics will work for the corporations because they will be splitting the development cost and any hardware subsidization between the two companies.

    The economics will work for consumers because they will be getting the existing nook color e-reader and app store ecosystem PLUS the video game streaming service.

    And I suspect their will be a music (most likely Sirius) and video service service (most likely Starz!) tying in to the nook color ecosystem soon as well.

  • Report this Comment On September 17, 2011, at 6:23 PM, Varchild2008 wrote:

    I refuse to buy a tablet until I see what the Android Gamestop tablet will be. Don't forget the press release mentioned prepackaging up to 7 video games with the tablet. That alone adds value to consumers.

    P.S. I invest in GME.

  • Report this Comment On September 17, 2011, at 8:32 PM, TXsebas wrote:

    Hey guys...fact checking...GameStop announced this tablet months ago, they just reconfirmed it recently.

  • Report this Comment On September 17, 2011, at 9:39 PM, TMFRhino wrote:


    Appreciate the feedback... They've been talking about the idea of a tablet awhile, but as far as I know, this is the first time they confirmed the specifics of what it'll entail. Sorry if that wasn't presented 100% clearly... We're not really focused on the idea of when the tablet was announced, but what the meaning is for investors of these companies.


    Some interesting points. Still don't think that's a great install base and I see the Nook's market challenged in general as well. I'll eat my hat if this was some kind of roaring success in three years. But... we'll see.

    Also, need to stop saying I'll eat my hat about things, gonna come back to haunt me at some point! :)


  • Report this Comment On September 17, 2011, at 10:51 PM, samkass wrote:

    "Don't forget the press release mentioned prepackaging up to 7 video games with the tablet. That alone adds value to consumers."

    That's an interesting value proposition when compared against the thousands of free or $0.99 games available for the iPad. I understand GameStop is afraid of losing their primary business model-- reselling used games-- to online competition but this isn't going to help.

  • Report this Comment On September 18, 2011, at 2:50 AM, GrandpaJesus wrote:

    Do you mean not a great install base because the owners are older women or because you don't think there are that many nooks out there? Isn't it the second most popular tablet out there today?

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