• Ben Hanson
    MSFT Nook buyout rumor may well be, well, a rumor after all. I think MSFT should make the buy, but we'll see how it shakes out.
    5/13/13
    Reply (18)
    • weed: What does Nook offer $MSFT?
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    • bd4uandu: An android tablet would boost their tablet sales.
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    • weed: But do they want to be in the android tablet business? The margins have got to be awful, and they'll have to support another OS.
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    • bd4uandu: Sorry Weed it was an attempt at humor.
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    • Ben Hanson: They gain the Nook digital store itself, which is a cross platform e-reader available on all the major mobile Operating Systems.
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    • Ben Hanson: They could shut down the Android tablet division and put the Nook store front and center on every Windows 8, RT and Windows Phone 8 device.
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    • Ben Hanson: Also, weed, love the Top Cat avatar.
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    • bd4uandu: Who makes the nook for B&N?
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    • Ben Hanson: Ebooks, once you set up the ecosystem, are high profit. Apple and Amazon make good money on them. So could Microsoft, in principle.
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    • bd4uandu: The windows Tab's are too big for E readers. Kindle is the one to beat. I don't see Mr. Softy competitive in that market.
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    • Ben Hanson: Windows Blue is supposed to bring them down into the 7-8 inch range. Acer's got an 8-incher coming up, for starters.
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    • weed: bd4, LOL, I'm a bit slow today.
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    • bd4uandu: Wasn't Bill telling us last week how much we miss office on the little android tablets.
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    • weed: Ben, I see the sense in shutting down the Android tablet division, but I'm skeptical that $MSFT will stick with the Ebook business.
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    • Ben Hanson: Right; little Windows tablets would be able to use office.
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    • hahaha48: nook is useless
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    • Ben Hanson: You're welcome to disagree. I suspect that eventually owning their own e-book store was part of their logic for investing in Nook at all.
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    • Ben Hanson: Otherwise, it was senseless. Android tablet sales come at the expense of Windows tablet sales, even if the Nook WERE successful.
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