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Pearson invests $89.5M in Barnes & Noble's Nook business

updated 10:41 am EST, Fri December 28, 2012

British publisher takes five percent stake

British publisher Pearson has committed to an $89.5 million investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media subsidiary. The stock acquisition represents a five-percent stake in the Nook division, which will continue to be controlled by Barnes & Noble's 78.2-percent ownership.

"We formed NOOK Media to be a leader in the exploding market for digital content," said Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch. "Pearson is a forward thinking company similarly focused on reading and learning, with powerful assets and a terrific management team."

Pearson joins Microsoft in its Nook investment, after the latter company moved to acquire a 16.8-percent share in the digital distribution venture. Terms of the Pearson investment enable the British company to eventually double its stake in the Nook division.

Barnes & Noble has worked to compete directly with Amazon's Kindle ecosystem, which has proven a top contender in the Android tablet arena. Both companies offer several tablets and e-readers, paired with competing distribution systems for digital content such as e-books, movies and music.

"With this investment we have entered into a commercial agreement with NOOK Media that will allow our two companies to work closely together in order to create a more seamless and effective experience for students," said Pearson North America CEO Will Ethridge.

The companies have yet to elaborate on specific details regarding their fledgling partnership.



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  1. cgc

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    Great! The Nook's my favorite e-reader...good to see it get more support and money.

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