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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Microsoft quits stake in Nook

The bean-counters at Microsoft must be stinging.  Originally, the company invested $605 million in Nook, back in 2012.  The idea was to compete with the two big A's, Apple and Amazon, in the booming eBook market.  Now, that 16.8% stake has been bought by Barnes & Noble for a mere $62.5 million.


According to Publishers Lunch, this  "implies a 'fair market value of about $700 million for Barnes & Noble College and Nook combined." 

With Microsoft out of the picture, Barnes & Noble now have a clearway for a spin-off of Nook Media, with a target of August 2015. 

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