Barnes & Noble launched its Nook tablet back in 2009, and three years later, the company is announcing it will no longer be manufacturing its Nook tablet line. Instead, it will offset manufacturing duties to third-party companies as Barnes & Noble looks to create a “partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market.” The change in manufacturing is to help Barnes & Nobles reduce losses by limiting the risks associated with manufacturing its Nook tablet line.
Even though Barnes & Noble is looking to offset the manufacturing process of its Nook line of tablets, the company still plans to sell its in-house Nook HD and HD+ tablets throughout the remainder of this year as they likely need to run out its current inventory. Barnes & Noble says the change won’t affect how their customers are treated as they will continue to receive “world-class pre- and post-sales support” as well as software upgrades and improvements to Nook’s digital bookstore service.
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