updated 11:40 am EST, Wed December 29, 2010
Play the Grinch for second consecutive year
Servers for Barnes & Nobles' popular e-reader, the Nook, crashed on Christmas day. The most likely cause is heavy traffic from new customers. This is the second year in a row the Nook servers have crashed, despite clear indications that demand would be high. Sales of the Nook soared after cutting the price of the Nook Wi-Fi to $149 and Nook 3G to $199. The Nook Color, introduced late last month, has also been a success for the struggling bookseller.
Earlier this month, Barnes & Noble reported that it was selling 18,000 units of the Nook Color per day. A free Nook app is also available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Sales of the Nook and competing e-readers, such as the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle have also been very strong through the holiday shopping season. A recent survey indicated that as much as 12 percent of US adults were considering buying an e-reader in the near future. [via CNET]