2 New Nooks to Compete for Holiday Tablet Sales

Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS  ) will debut two new, HD versions of the Nook tablet in time for the holiday season. The 7" version is priced at $199, and a 9" version will also be available for $269. The goal is to compete on price with main competitor Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) , namely the Kindle Fire suite of products. Last year, Amazon undercut Barnes & Noble on tablet pricing, which significantly affected Nook sales during the holiday quarter.

Will low-priced, well-timed Nooks be enough to keep Barnes & Noble in line with competition? While the company has done a commendable job transitioning away from its bricks-and-mortar origins, the answer is still, most likely, no. One problem is that the Nook has no built-in ecosystem, something that consumers demand from their tablets. The new versions will incorporate a digital video store, which is a step in the right direction, but still unable to compare to the robust ecosystems of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) , Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) tablets. Barnes & Noble simply lacks the scale to attract developer talent on par with the competition.

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