Barnes and Noble, with Microsoft form Partnership for World-Class Digital Reading Experience

Today we announced an agreement with Barnes and Noble.  I think this is really cool, even if I don’t own an e-reader yet.  I see what is coming. from the press release:

One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which will extend the reach of Barnes & Noble’s digital bookstore by providing one of the world’s largest digital catalogues of e-Books, magazines and newspapers to hundreds of millions of Windows customers in the U.S. and internationally.

The inclusion of Barnes & Noble’s College business is an important component of Newco’s strategic vision. Through the newly formed Newco, Barnes & Noble’s industry leading NOOK Study software will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.

The full press release can be found at :



Maybe by the time my youngest kids go to college, they will not be buying expensive College Text books. Maybe they will be “renting them” on some Windows 8 device using an e-reader application….