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Microsoft to Buy Nook?

July 12th, 2013 - 8:06 am

Here’s a marriage made in… somewhere, I suppose:

Barnes & Noble first announced last week that it plans to exit the highly competitive tablet hardware business, and that it will instead let third-party partners build future Nook devices. The Nook lineup failed to compete with Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and others.

Further adding to Barnes & Noble’s troubles, the company’s chief executive officer, William Lynch, resigned this week. And now industry insiders are speculating, according to The New York Times, that Microsoft could be a potential buyer of the Nook business.

Microsoft can’t break into the tablet business because they have too many mobile operating systems and zero ecosystem. It’s not because they aren’t partnered with a flailing bookseller with yet another operating system and also zero ecosystem.

I’d say this speculation is of the silly variety.

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Amazon makes a Kindle app for pretty much every platform under the sun except the Nook. If B&N had a clue they would get out of hardware by getting into software.
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"Barnes & Noble first announced last week that it plans to exit the highly competitive tablet hardware business, and that it will instead let third-party partners build future Nook devices. The Nook lineup failed to compete with Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and others."

True ... except the only strength the Nook really had was to compete with the Kindle [not-Fire].

As an eReader, the Nook was perfectly good, and could compete head-on with the Kindles, depending on whose store and minor feature-set you preferred.

If Microsoft was cleverer than they probably are, they could try to make the Best Possible, Best Looking, Easiest-Reading eReader out there.

(The Kindle is great, but even the paperwhite has room for improvement - Amazon's not under enough competitive pressure there to have to really go all-out on UX.

The only competition worth mentioning, in my limited experience, is the Kobo - and that's only because Canadians seem irrationally enamored of it because it's Local Content.)
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I predict this will go as well as HP(?) buying PalmOS. Only w/o the high quality PalmOS.
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Can anyone say "Zune II?"
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