Barnes & Noble to bow out of manufacturing its Nook tablets

June 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- Bookseller Barnes & Noble says it will no longer manufacture its Nook tablets, turning that task over to third-party partners to design co-branded tablets.

In a statement, the retailer said ongoing losses were behind its decision to pull out of the tablet manufacturing arena, CNET reported Tuesday.

"The company plans to significantly reduce losses in the Nook segment by limiting risks associated with manufacturing," the statement said.

The company said it would retain manufacturing of its e-reader products.

"Thus, the widely popular lines of Simple Touch and Glowlight products will continue to be developed in house, and the company's tablet line will be co-branded with yet to be announced third party manufacturers of consumer electronics products," it said in its statement.

Barnes & Noble's financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter showed Nook revenues dropped by 34 percent to $108 million as sales of the devices declined.

While saying it would sell off its existing inventory of the Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets through the holiday season, the company said it would still offer support for the tablets in its retail stores and provide software upgrades via its digital bookstore.

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