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Lawsuits and Strange Bedfellows

May 2, 2012

LAWSUITS AND STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: The e-book scrum now has a new player, Microsoft, which announced a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader. (A little ironic given that Microsoft sued B&N last year for patent infringements.) This deal will create a new B&N subsidiary, Newco, that will house the company's digital and college e-textbook business, including platform, Nook Study. Microsoft will reportedly get a 17.6 percent stake. Education Week looks at this deal's potential impact on K-12 classrooms, where different initiatives have been in place to provide Nooks and Windows OS tablets in school districts such as Cleveland and Charlottesville. Microsoft and B&N have their work cut out to catch up with the likes of Apple and Amazon, but better late than never.

Edtech Business

Lawsuits and Strange Bedfellows

May 2, 2012

LAWSUITS AND STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: The e-book scrum now has a new player, Microsoft, which announced a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader. (A little ironic given that Microsoft sued B&N last year for patent infringements.) This deal will create a new B&N subsidiary, Newco, that will house the company's digital and college e-textbook business, including platform, Nook Study. Microsoft will reportedly get a 17.6 percent stake. Education Week looks at this deal's potential impact on K-12 classrooms, where different initiatives have been in place to provide Nooks and Windows OS tablets in school districts such as Cleveland and Charlottesville. Microsoft and B&N have their work cut out to catch up with the likes of Apple and Amazon, but better late than never.

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