Somehow this news brings up more questions than answers for me -
In settling their legal issues over patent infringement, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble will join together to create a spin-off of the Nook E-Reader and educational books business. The cost to Microsoft is $300 million, and that gives them a 17.6% stake in the new company.
So what does that mean? It certainly provides lots of food for thought.
Microsoft is hinting that they will be developing software for the Nook, which is an Android device.
• Will there be a Windows 8-based Nook reader, and can they sell it for $199?
• Will Windows 8 host its own dedicated ebook store?
• Will the partnership concentrate on e-reader apps for existing and future tablets, phones, and desktops?
Amazon and Apple are moving into the education market, and maybe this venture will help Microsoft do the same. In the following quote, the as-yet-unnamed company is referred to as "Newco."
One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which will extend the reach of Barnes & Noble’s digital bookstore by providing one of the world’s largest digital catalogues of e-Books, magazines and newspapers to hundreds of millions of Windows customers in the U.S. and internationally.
The inclusion of Barnes & Noble’s College business is an important component of Newco’s strategic vision. Through the newly formed Newco, Barnes & Noble’s industry leading NOOK Study software will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.
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