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Barnes & Noble to discontinue Windows Nook app

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Barnes & Noble will stop offering a stand-alone Nook app for Windows and instead deliver Nook media to Microsoft's Consumer Reader app. Microsoft has a 6.8 percent stake in the Nook; it greed to an updated revenue sharing plan with Barnes & Noble.

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In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Barnes & Noble said it will discontinue distributing the Nook Windows app and will instead cooperate with Microsoft to transition users to the Microsoft Consumer Reader.

Speculation has been running high about what Barnes & Noble plans for the future of Nook. The New York bookstore chain has invested heavily in its e-book and e-book reader unit, but the unit has not been profitable. Still, Barnes & Noble has said it plans to launch a new Nook e-reader in coming months.

An investment firm offered to buy 51 percent of the company for about $672 million earlier this month, with plans to spin off Nook, but Barnes & Noble rebuffed that offer.

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