I would propose that Barnes and Noble specialize in the e-ink niche and remove themselves from Kindle Fire-Nook tablet Ring, which Kindle Fire continues to put a ground and pound on the Nook tablet.
Barnes and Noble should propel itself with the products we all have come to love. Books and e-ink that looks like book ink.
Barnes and Noble release a 13inch SlatePad that is pure e-ink display with wifi. Focus on content delivery via e-ink.
Allow the following features:
- Note taking
- auto backup of handwritten notes to Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, Evernote, or personal email account via wifi. Preferences handled in each individuals B&N account.
- Administrator control panel
- Color e-ink, finally can enjoy magazines in color :)
- B&N SlatePads can be used at construction sites. For example when a contract is emailed to a B&N SlatePad the contract is converted via B&N's cloud service into an editable form on the B&N SlatePad. When the contract is emailed back format options are available via the B&N SlatePad.
- B&N SlatePads will have Paper edit technology. So that when a document is emailed to a B&N SlatePad and then handwritten edited, It will not look any different than an edited original copy, preservering color and all
- Documents sent to a B&N Slatepad can be password or pin protected. With encryption via the B&N cloud service.
- B&N Slatepads can be used in schools with this scenario: Every desk is outfitted with a 13inch SlatePad built into the desk. Students log into the B&N SlatePad, then their assignments, whether it is a book or a syllabus will be available to them. Test can be administered via the B&N SlatePad, after each student is finished with their test, they press submit and the teacher logs in to grade each test or the teacher can have the Students B&N SlatePads check against the correct answers upon submission.