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Microsoft Invests $300 Million In Nook e-Readers 197

First time accepted submitter NGTechnoRobot writes "In a turn for the books the BBC reports that Microsoft has invested $300 million in Barnes and Noble's Nook e-reader. The new Nook reader will integrate with Microsoft's yet-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system. From the article: 'The deal could make Barnes and Noble's Nook e-book reader available to millions of new customers, integrating it with the Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system. The as-yet unnamed new company will be 82.4% owned by Barnes and Noble, with Microsoft getting a 17.6% stake.' Guess the lawsuit's over, folks."
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Microsoft Invests $300 Million In Nook e-Readers

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  • DRM on Text Books? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by alexander_686 ( 957440 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:08AM (#39845381)

    The item that I find interesting, and we are not talking about, is that Microsoft is taking an ownership position in their college bookstore operations. Now, why is MSFT doing that? I mean, yes, selling overpriced sweatshirts to the student's parents is amazing profitable - but it's not exactly in MSFT core line.

    Why do I think that MSFT is trying to sneak into the online book selling business via text books? And why am I thinking about more DRM / lock down on text books?

  • by ysth ( 1368415 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:09AM (#39845389)

    Nice to know we're important enough to get our very own paid MS hacks ready to pounce on this story.

    You left off the part where they've bought their way out of a lawsuit that may have taken out their backroom-bullying Android licensing business (not to mention the DoJ investigation B&N was pushing for).

  • B&N Lawsuit (Score:5, Interesting)

    by c++0xFF ( 1758032 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:29AM (#39845643)

    Wait ... I thought Microsoft was suing B&N over the Nook Color.

    Now, I realize that we're not talking about the Nook Color in this deal specifically, but this deal smells funny to me anyway.

  • by cpu6502 ( 1960974 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:36AM (#39845733)

    To date Microsoft has only been successful because it rode on the coat-tails of the already very successful International Business Machines and their PC platform. Everything you listed was because IBM was the "safe choice" for managers. Away from the PC world Microsoft has experienced few successes. (In fact I can't think of any.)

    If it had been Atari-DOS that was sold to IBM in 1981, then we'd be talking about the Atari monopoly and Atari Explorer instead of the MS monopoly or IE. In this alternate reality Microsoft would be no bigger or important than any other programming corporation. (They might even have failed and disappeared.)

  • by blind biker ( 1066130 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:37AM (#39845763) Journal

    MS just buried the only lawsuit that could have blown a hole the size of Manhattan in their anti-Android patent portfolio.

  • by edremy ( 36408 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:50AM (#39845903) Journal
    The *really* interesting bit? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pouring money into Open Textbook projects [].

    This makes sense in my opinion- the total cost for writing a series of 100 and 200 level texts to cover pretty much the entire curriculum is peanuts for something the size of the Gates Foundation, but it could really have a massive impact on the costs of education- check out how much books are vs. tuition at many community colleges.

  • Re:B&N Lawsuit (Score:5, Interesting)

    by whoever57 ( 658626 ) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:58AM (#39846027) Journal

    This deal is about preventing MS's patents being invalidated in court, thus freeing all future Android vendors from paying Microsoft a patent royalty.

    Remeber Lindows? Microsoft paid $20M to make that lawsuit go away before it could have invalidated the "Windows" trademark.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?