Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Nook, New Positioning?

Are there implications for Barnes & Noble as it prepares to launch its next generation of Nook e-readers? 

Some might say so, especially as Amazon’s new line of Kindles, especially the Fire, seem to be getting traction.
Up to this point, women have tended to be bigger buyers of e-readers than males. Also, Barnes & Noble is emphasizing more toys and goods for children in its retail stores.
The logical implication might be that Nook gets positioned as a device especially useful for families with children.
In the United States,  as recently as August 2011, tablet and eReader owners tended to be male and on the younger side. But according to Nielsen,  this is no longer the case.

In the third quarter of  2010, for example, 62 percent of tablet owners were under the age of 34 and only 10 percent were over the age of 55. 

By the second quarter of  2011, only 46 percent of tablet owners were under the age of 34 and the percentage of those over 55 had increased to 19 percent.

Looking at the data by gender underlines key changes in the e-reader category. Some 61 percent of all e-reader owners are now female, compared to 46 percent in the third quarter of  2010.

Smart phone owners are now evenly split between male and female and tablets remain primarily male. E-reader demographics

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