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As Barnes & Noble struggles, Christian bookstores succeed

Jul 9, 2013
Christian bookstores are boosting sales by drawing people in for everything from coffee to bible study sessions.

The Nook, Barnes & Noble's tablet, struggles

Jun 25, 2013
Barnes & Noble is setting its Nook tablet free to focus on the more popular e-reader.

Why would anyone want to buy a bookstore?

Feb 25, 2013
Ask the chairman of Barnes and Noble, who may offer to buy out the bookstore chain -- but not the digital Nook.

Barnes & Noble's outlook is blurry, even for Nook

Feb 19, 2013
Barnes & Noble is expected to report a profit for the last quarter, but its digital e-reader business isn't performing as hoped.

The data in that debit card you're holding can be swiped

Oct 24, 2012
Barnes & Noble said debit card keypads in 63 stores were hacked so customers' data was stolen as they swiped their cards.

Barnes & Noble teams up with Microsoft on Nook

Apr 30, 2012
We found out this morning that Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's digital book business. Why would the sometime rivals decide to join together?

Microsoft invests in Nook

Apr 30, 2012
Add another player to the digital textbook market. Microsoft announced at $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook reader.

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An unlikely partnership to build the e-textbook business

Apr 30, 2012
When you think ebooks, the iPad and the Kindle come to mind -- not Microsoft Windows. But Microsoft's been losing enough ground in tablets and e-readers that today it's decided to spend $300 million to invest in Barnes & Noble's Nook digital-book business.

Small talk: A backlit Nook, worst jobs, growing chairs

Apr 13, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: A Nook e-reader that won't disturb others, a list of the best, worst and most stressful jobs in the U.S., and an artist is growing chairs.