Barnes & Noble today announced it’s reached a deal with Pearson to repurchase the company’s stake in Nook Media for $27.7 million. The agreement closely follows a simiar deal with Microsoft, and will enable Barnes & Noble to spin-off its Nook business.
The company originally sold a five percent stake in Nook Media to Pearson about two years ago. At the time, Pearson paid $89.5 million.
Now that Barnes & Noble wholly owns Nook, there are few barriers which can prevent the two entities from separating. Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader has long struggled to keep up with the likes of Amazon and Apple. Perhaps as an independent company Nook will thrive?
At the very least, the e-reader won’t be a thorn in Barnes & Noble’s side.