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Pearson to invest $89.5 mn in Barnes and Noble’s Nook media

Pearson will acquire a 5% stake in Barnes & Noble’s digital Nook and college bookstore businesses
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First Published: Fri, Dec 28 2012. 09 45 PM IST
Portraits of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman are shown on the home screens of Nook readers from Barnes & Noble. Photo: Dominick Reuter/ Reuters
Portraits of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman are shown on the home screens of Nook readers from Barnes & Noble. Photo: Dominick Reuter/ Reuters
British education and media publisher Pearson Plc said it will buy a 5% stake in Barnes & Noble Inc.’s digital Nook and college bookstore businesses for $89.5 million.
Barnes & Noble said the Nook division will not meet prior expectations for its current year.
The top US bookstore chain’s Nook Media unit comprises its digital businesses—including Nook e-reader and tablets and the Nook digital bookstore—and 674 college bookstores across America.
Barnes & Noble said in November that quarterly loss at the Nook division increased on raised spending on its e-readers and tablets to keep pace with larger rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.
The bookseller also said on Friday that sales in the crucial holiday season will come in below expectations, based on preliminary results and current sales trends.
The 2012 holiday season may have been the worst for retailers since the 2008 financial crisis, with sales growth far below expectations, forcing many to offer massive post-Christmas discounts in hopes of shedding excess inventory.
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First Published: Fri, Dec 28 2012. 09 45 PM IST
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