Microsoft buying Barnes & Noble's Nook Media? Microsoft insider says no(Read article summary)
An anonymous Microsoft source calls talk about Microsoft planning to buy the Nook Media branch of Barnes & Noble 'nothing more than a rumor.'
Rumors that Microsoft was planning to purchase Barnes & Nobleâs Nook Media caused B&N stock to rise and some in the book industry to wonder what this would mean for one of the last remaining big bookstore chains.
But the website Insider Monkey is now quoting someone they cite as âa highly placed source inside Microsoftâ who says that the story of a possible deal is not true.Â
âThis deal was nothing more than a rumor,â says the source, according to Insider Monkey. âMicrosoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)Â will not come out and deny or confirm for legal reasons, but the company has no intention of acquiring the NOOK unit.â
According to Insider Monkey, the source told them that because Nook uses Android software, it would not be possible for the Nook to be used with Windows 8.
B&N stock fell 9.5 percent after the story was posted, according to Shelf Awareness.
So for the moment, the future of Nook Media â the portion of Barnes & Noble that focuses on the Nook and its digital services such as tablets, e-books, and e-readers â remains in flux.