Jay Yarow at Business Insider writes:

Barnes & Noble laid off its Nook hardware engineers, according to a source that tipped Business Insider.

The engineers were let go last Thursday, according to our source.

Barnes & Noble's e-book sales were reportedly improving a few years ago, but now they've all but bottomed out, and Barnes & Noble's e-book division is crashing and burning. What happened? Oh, that's right. Amazon convinced the United States to sue publishers out of the right to set their own e-book prices. And now Amazon is crushing its competition and becoming an e-book monopoly again. Thanks a lot, Department of Justice!