Will the New Nook Save Shareholders?

Barnes & Noble Inc (NYSE:BKS) unveils its latest Nook tablet on Monday. According to some marketing materials, the gadget is to be priced at $249. The Nook will obviously compete with Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) hotly anticipated Kindle Fire, but the Fire is priced at $199 and puts the Nook at a price disadvantage during a time when consumers are cost conscious. However, under the hood, the Nook packs a faster processor and larger memory.

On first appearance, the two devices are quite similar. Both are based on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system; both are novelty and entertainment devices not meant for heavy duty work; and both compare rather cheaply with the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPads.

Despite marketing hype, the holiday shopper will be the final arbiter on these hot new devices and whether Barnes & Noble shareholders can regain some glory.

Here’s how ebook stocks are trading:

  • Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS): The shares recently traded at $11.63, down $0.37, or 3.08%. Its market capitalization is $673.57 million. They have traded in a 52-week range of $10.30 to $12.65. Volume today was 184,240 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 854,400 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-1.20 per share. The company pays a dividend of $1.00 per share for a dividend yield of 8.10%. About the company: Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates superstores and mall-based bookstores throughout the US. The Company operates book superstores under the names Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop, and Bookstar. Barnes & Noble also operates bookstores in shopping malls under the names B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops, and Scribner’s Bookstore. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): The shares recently traded at $214.66, down $3.63, or 1.66%. Its market capitalization is $97.62 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $156.77 to $246.71. Volume today was 1,228,084 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 7,054,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 113.16, while trailing earnings are $1.90 per share. About the company: Amazon.com, Inc. is an online retailer that offers a wide range of products. The Company’s products include books, music, videotapes, computers, electronics, home and garden, and numerous other products. Amazon offers personalized shopping services, Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): The shares recently traded at $400.31, down $2.76, or 0.68%. Its market capitalization is $372.00 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $297.76 to $426.70. Volume today was 3,895,072 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 22,354,200 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.46, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share. About the company: Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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