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The split is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of the next calendar year

Barnes & Noble has been given the green light to split in two as its NOOK hardware business continues to suffer.
 
According to Barnes & Noble, its board has authorized the division of the company's retail and NOOK businesses. Both will become two separate, public companies. 
 
“Our fiscal 2014 results and solid financial position at year-end reflect the positive impact of those actions.  We believe we are now in a better position to begin in earnest those steps necessary to accomplish a separation of NOOK Media and Barnes & Noble Retail," said Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble.


"We have determined that these businesses will have the best chance of optimizing shareholder value if they are capitalized and operated separately. We fully expect that our Retail and NOOK Media businesses will continue to have long-term, successful business relationships with each other after separation.”
 
The split is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of the next calendar year. 
 
Barnes & Noble has been struggling with NOOK sales in the hardware space as bigger players like Amazon continue to dominate the e-reader sector with its Kindle line. 
 
Barnes & Noble recently teamed up with Samsung to develop the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet, which comes preloaded with Nook software. The tablets are available directly from Barnes & Noble’s retail and online stores.

Source: Barnes & Noble



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Microsoft Partnership?
By Arsynic on 6/25/2014 2:46:32 PM , Rating: 3
So they're teaming up with Android...what happened to the $300 million NewCoNook partnership?




RE: Microsoft Partnership?
By retrospooty on 6/25/2014 4:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
Not getting into a flame war on which is better, just stating facts. For whatever reason, Windows tablets aren't selling well. just like with smartphones, Android has the largest market share, and Apple is a distant 2nd and Windows a FAR distant 3rd. Of course IOS not open, so that is out of the running. If they want to actually sell tablets, the only option is to run Android.


RE: Microsoft Partnership?
By nikon133 on 6/25/2014 5:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see much point for them to do tablets at all. They should focus on having good reading and browsing/purchasing software on different platforms and form factors.


RE: Microsoft Partnership?
By atechfan on 6/26/2014 6:44:34 AM , Rating: 3
Nook devices never did run Windows. Microsoft's investment was to gain Nook's textbook division, which, as far as I know, is not affected by their partnership with Samsung to make Galaxy Tab based Nook tablets. Neither is the Windows Nook app going away.


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