In early May 2012, Microsoft announced that it was investing $300 million into Barnes & Nobel's Nook digital book business. Greg Shultz analyzed the potential of the deal for both companies, concluding that it could very well lead to a version of the Nook running Windows 8.
With the $300-million Microsoft investment in its digital-book business, Barnes & Noble will be in a much better position to compete with Amazon when it comes to purchasing e-book rights from publishers. With access to Barnes & Noble's vast retail network of 1,340 bookstores, which includes 705 Barnes & Noble superstores and another 635 college bookstores, Microsoft instantly gains a huge retail outlet for promoting its new Windows 8 tablets. This is especially true if one of those new tablets happens to be the new Nook Tablet — Powered by Windows 8.
The poll question
I found Greg's argument compelling and tend to agree with his assessment in general, but I was curious to see what the TechRepublic membership thought of the idea. I was a little surprised by the results. It seems there is more favorable interest in a Windows 8 Nook than I had anticipated.
What is it about a Barnes & Noble Nook running Windows 8 that appeals to you? Do you think it will be a better product than the Kindle or just different enough to provide real competition that will drive further innovation?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.