B&N’s College Bookstore Bid Faces More Problems Than Just Amazon

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Barnes & Noble's announcement on Thursday that they were spinning off their college bookstore division into its own company might be a good business move, but it's not without its problems. Namely, money. B&N currently operates 700 plus college bookstores under contract, and they plan to add more stores by convincing colleges and universities to outsource a store's operation to ...

B&N Pulls Old Nook Hardware from Stores, Yanks all Nook Hardware Out of One Store

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Target isn't the only retailer to remove old Nook hardware from its shelves. Store-level sources inside B&N have told me, and a reader has confirmed,  that B&N has had store personnel box up their remaining stock of the older Nook hardware and ship it back to B&N's distribution centers. This includes a store's remaining stock of ...

B&N’s Digital Textbook Platform Yuzu Continues to Frustrate Students

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This being January, a new semester is starting at many colleges across the US, and that means that many students are encountering B&N's textbook platform for the first time. Barnes & Noble hasn't officially launched Yuzu in the 9 months since they turned the platform on, but that doesn't mean they're not inflicting it upon college ...

Declining Nook Revenues Could Impair B&N’s Split Up Plans

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When I reported on Barnes & Noble's latest revenue report yesterday I noted that the drastic decline in digital revenues could impair B&N's plans to spin off Nook Media, and apparently I'm not the only one to think that way. The WSJ reported that several analysts are expressing doubts: The decline in digital content sales suggested Nook owners ...

B&N Buys Out Pearson Stake in Nook Media for $28 Million

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Barnes & Noble has reached an agreement to buy out textbook publisher Pearson's stake in Nook Media for around $28 million dollars in cash and B&N stock. Pearson paid $89.5 million for their 5% stake in December 2012. Today's deal follows only a couple weeks after B&N announced a similar deal to buy out Microsoft's stake ...