You know, after the Department of Justice filed suit against Apple and Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster, I imagined Jeff Bezos is doing a victory dance around his office like Hugh Grant in the clip below.
But now with the announcement of the Barnes and Noble and Microsoft collaboration I have to wonder if he is feeling so buoyant. In case you missed the news, Microsoft is making a 605-million dollar investment in the Nook.
Barnes & Noble is creating a new subsidiary, tentatively dubbed Newco. Microsoft initially is investing $300-million and then over the next several years will invest an additional $305 million to help fund Newco’s international expansion – something that has hurt the Nook.
I have a Kindle and have good feelings toward Amazon; still, I am glad that this happened. I think it just proves that the market place doesn’t need publishers to control pricing to maintain competition.
What are your thoughts?
- Leigh AAR