Barnes & Noble Spins Off Nook Business, Microsoft Snaps Up A Chunk Of It

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JohnP

Huh, did not see this coming. I think its to get the Nook out from under the Barnes and Noble umbrella so it can compete easier than now. Imagine a nook on sale on Amazon, wait, it already IS on Amazon! Uhh, now what? To keep the Nook from sinking with a possible B&N meltdown? To prevent B&N from losing money selling nooks? No idea.

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Penterax

I'm kinda surprised myself; I would think profits from the Nook would overall help B&N's cash flow, ans selling off part of it doesn't seem like it would. That being said, we don't know the details, and it probably would make more sense if we did.

I have to say, I think the biggest drawback the Nook has is that the Kindle is much more known, and being more known (giving editors the benefit of the doubt), gets more press.

The Nook is every bit as good as the Kindle, in some ways better, and even serves more open source formats. (In fact, the Kindle is the least open eReader there is.)

As far as paper vs. digital, I'm a paper kind of guy. There are only two reasons for me to be interested in an eReader (other than being a gearhead); the first is the fact that I have no more room to store physical books in my house, and the second is price - but there hasn't been the price break there should be on digital publications. (Yah, you can get a lot free and cheap, but the fact is I don't read that stuff, and what I read is no cheaper than a paperback, I like paperbacks better, so, other than the storage issue, which I'm working on, there is little point in an eReader to me, even as good as they currently are. In fact I took my Nook back, which I was a bit disappointed to do, because I can buy the paperbacks for less money at Barnes and Noble with a membership. Price fixing by publishers and Apple prevents B&N from marking eBooks down.)

I really hope the B&N stores stay open; eBooks may fit into the average hurry-up, too-much-to-do lifestyle common today, but for me, going to a decent bookstore is a pleasurable experience. It also gets me out of the house on occasion, and I need all the encouragement for that I can get, because, like a lot of people these days, I spend far too much time in front of a computer.

World of Warcraft (as an example) may have more to do with book sales being down than anything else.

;)

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lindethier

Hmmm, might be interesting to see what happens with this.

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sojrner

Or we'll see a WP8 endowed nook tablet? lol

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randomgeek

Bing....bing....bing
We have a winner.

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Slurpy

Hmm, first Microsoft works on Windows for ARM. . . then Microsoft partners with a company that makes ARM-based e-readers. . .

I didn't care about Win8 on tablets at all before, but if it was a dual-booting Nook/Win8 tablet, I'd be pretty interested.

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Brad Chacos

Alternate title: Microsoft Brings BSODs To The Nook >:-)

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Penterax

Ummm, check your calendar and the facts my friend, it's not 1998 and the lock-up called a BSOD on a Windows machine is no more common than on a Mac, and less so than on a Linux machine.

I tried Android recently (Ice Cream Sandwich on a Transformer Prime no less), and I've tried Win 8; now, I think I'm a good example here when it comes to "intuitive learning" because I don't have a smart phone or tablet and so my experience with Android was new, just like my experience with Metro. Of the two, there was no question, for me, Win 8 Metro is more intuitive than Android.

Apple's mobile OS - I have no experience with, but I've read reviews on these devices, iPhones, iPads, and Android based devices, and they've had their share of troubles. Calling out today's Windows in the face of these devices, certainly related to the Kindle and Nook eReaders and tablets, is just ignoring the facts. (The fact that the new Kindle got so much more press than the new Nook makes me wonder about the partiality of some of the editors I read.)

If Windows has a fault that Mac doesn't have, it's the fact that any Shmoe Co. can build the cheapest piece of junk PC and put Windows in it (and some of the big names do, too). Apple's control-freak methodology does have it's up side.

I generally agree with what you have to say Brad, but this time you've stooped too far in reaching for that rhetorical glib response.

;)

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Brad Chacos

I actually have a Nook Simple Touch, and haven't had a BSOD-type event in months, if not years, on any stable up-and-running computer. I do love me some glib phrases, though! :-)

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Bustout

Then people will accuse you of sensational journalism and working for gizmodo.

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Brad Chacos

That's why it's the alternate!

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Bustout

I know. I wasn't actually accusing you. I've read enough of your articles to know. :)

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