Washington Post (June 17) reports Barnes & Noble’s offer of tablet software update at a surprisingly cheap price under the title, “It’s official: Nook Tablets are now ridiculously cheap."
“(There are) rumors that the company might pull back on hardware in favor of selling content for other companies’ gadgets, and therefore (lots of folks) wonder if it’s holding a fire sale so it can exit the tablet market. Could be. But it’s also possible that B&N is trying to clear out its stock because it has new models in the works.
In either case, I don’t think people who buy a Nook HD or Nook HD+ are going to end up with a doorstop. Now that the tablets work with Google Play services, they’ll be useful no matter what Barnes & Noble ends up doing.”
I can’t pick the exact meaning of “end up with a doorstop.” "Doorstop" must be a metonym of something. I first took it for “doorstep.”
Does it mean a makeshift solution for sweeping out the company’s surplus inventory? Is this a set of phase? What does it mean?