Bolaji, I agree with you completely. Without each other Barnes and Noble and the Nook won't survive. With Borders closing, Barnes and Noble is the only large bookstore chain around. Even with the eventual shift to digital content, I think B&N is better off on its own at the moment.
Barnes & Noble may want to spin off the Nook, but what kind of prospect will it have without the parent? The Nook has done fairly well so far because of the linkage with Barnes & Noble. Out there on its own, it will become just another tablet trying to take on Apple's iPad. Amazon's Kindle caught fire because it opens the door to a huge online market for the company's already huge consumer base.
The Nook won't be able to stand alone without Barnes & Noble, which in turn cannot face a future world of digitized content without its e-reader. Let them stay together, at least until the dust settles.
stochastic e: The Journal reports B&N entered the e-books arena in 2003 through an acquisition but abandoned the idea when it didn't take off. I was unaware of that and I find it interesting. Timing isn't everything, but in this case, that call certainly contributed to B&N now playing catch-up
In a market where competition is fierce between full-featured tablets, e-readers--especially the Nook--have a long way to catch up. The market for printed material is certainly smaller, but the number of retailers has also shrank, and it looks like it's just B&N right now.
Barnes and Nobles is better off sticking with its established core operation, leveraging an increasingly niche but longstanding market. In doing so however it can't afford to ignore the appeal of on-line content, especially periodicals that have successfully established a dual print/on-line presence with internet pay walls. Amazon and Google books use another approach to sell content on-line, and it looks like this is something that B&N has missed out on completely.
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