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Microsoft Spends $300 Million to Partner with Barnes & Noble in New Nook Division

submitted on May 1, 2012 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"

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.

There's lots of discussion online, read more at these links:

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    Posted by YanBz on May 1, 2012
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    The more competition the better! This bit of news means prices for iPad and Fire may soon go down even more Mr Green
    • clover
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      Posted by clover on May 2, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I am looking to buy a Kindle Fire. I watched my friend use his and it was very user friendly!
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on May 25, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      You might be better off waiting a bit and getting the Nook Tablet 16Gb - better hardware that is more flexible to tweaks... unless of course if you already have some form of Kindle, where getting the Fire is a no-brainer.
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on May 25, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Even better, a Windows 8 powered Nook/ Nook app will perhaps enable international access. I just found out you cannot *download* anything from Barnes and Noble while travelling, though purchased books already loaded into the Nook open just fine.
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    Posted by samm_is on May 25, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Sadly I lost my Nook (the 1st gen one) during my last trip, so I'm keeping both eyes open for news and deals on this front.

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