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Barnes & Noble, Microsoft in E-Book Venture

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are very much the eBook underdogs with Amazon and Apple’s iBooks store for the iPad dominating the market.   But Barnes & Noble announced on Monday plans to create a venture for eBooks with Microsoft taking a $300 million investment for a 17.6 percent equity stake.

The as yet unnamed company will be focused around the Nook e-reader, the eBook brand and the educational reading market. Microsoft and Barnes & Noble didn’t share much on what this will mean for users, but they did announce that a Nook application for Windows 8 will be available.

Amazon already has a Windows 8 app. Windows 8 is expected to be released later this year, though Microsoft hasn’t confirmed a date.

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble also said they settled an eBook patent dispute. "Barnes & Noble and Newco [placeholder name for the new venture] will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft’s patents for its NOOK eReader and Tablet products. This paves the way for both companies to collaborate and reach a broader set of customers.”

Barnes & Noble just released a new version of its Nook, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

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Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight Is Great in Bed

Barnes & Noble(NEW YORK) -- Ever since the first E-Ink e-reader was introduced in 2004, there's been one glaring issue with the technology category -- it's still hard to read books in the dark. Why hasn't the new technology been able to replace what now seems like outdated technology -- the book light?

Now Barnes & Noble has solved that issue with its new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. As its name suggests, the $139 e-reader has a built-in light for helping read in the dark.

"There are a lot of issues with book lights -- you have to remember to have the light, it's not a uniform lighting experience, and none of the lights are adjustable. That's why we worked so hard on the GlowLight in our new Nook," Barnes & Noble's President of Digital Products Jamie Iannone told ABC News.

The new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight looks similar to the current $99 Simple Touch Nook -- it has a comfortable rubberish back, an eInk, infared touchscreen so you can swipe to turn pages and tap a word to look up the meaning. But now when you hold the Nook button on the bottom of the frame the light built into the e-reader turns on to illuminate the entire page you are reading. You can also adjust the brightness with a slider on the touchscreen. (Also, the new 7-ounce GlowLight Nook is slightly lighter than the non-glowing version.)

According to Iannone, Barnes and Noble spent a considerable amount of time coming up with the patent-pending technology to make sure the entire screen lit up and was still able to be glare free and readable outside.

One of the reasons others haven't done this before has been battery life, but according to Barnes & Noble, the new Nook will last a full month with the screen turned on and two months with the screen turned off.

Part of that battery life has to do with the display. The Nook still uses E-Ink screen technology, which is black and white, to make it easy to read inside and out.

And that's what Barnes & Noble is really selling here. "Now you have a reader that you can read outdoors in very bright sun or inside in complete darkness. It is the first reader where people haven't had to compromise."

Unlike the iPad, you can read outside on the Simple Touch, and unlike the Kindle, you can read in the dark. Iannone also called out that all of Barnes & Noble's Nooks are ad-free, unlike the $79 Kindle, which has ad-based screensavers.

Barnes & Noble and Amazon continue to duke it out in the e-reader market. Barnes and Noble currently offers over 2.5 million digital books, magazines and newspapers for its Nook devices.

The new Nook will be available for pre-order Thursday for $139 and shipping in early May.

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Barnes and Noble Negotiates Deal to Sell Nook Devices Abroad 

(NEW YORK) -- The country’s largest bookstore chain may soon offer its Nook digital services abroad.

Bloomberg News reports that Barnes & Noble Inc. is negotiating a deal to sell its Nook devices in stores outside the United States for the first time, according to a source close to the company.

The book superstore is working to develop a partnership with the United Kingdom’s Waterstones Booksellers Ltd., where it plans to launch its Nook tablet in 2012.

Waterstones is the largest bookstore chain in the U.K. with nearly 300 stores.

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Tablet Devices Taking Over in 2012

Amazon(WASHINGTON) -- The number of U.S. adults who own a tablet device nearly doubled after the holiday season from 10 percent to 19 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

Measured from mid-December to mid-January, the impressive increase in tablet ownership means that approximately 29 percent of American adults now own either an e-reader or tablet device -- up from 18 percent in December.

While the increase in digital readers may make a few publishing companies nervous, at least two companies are celebrating the news. Both Amazon, which makes the Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble, which makes the Nook tablet, also saw a large increase in sales compared to the previous year.

According to Amazon, the company sold four times as many Kindle devices as it sold on Black Friday in 2010, in part due to the introduction of the Kindle Fire.

At Barnes & Noble, the Nook tablet saw a 70 percent increase in holiday season sales from the previous year, according to the company. As a result, Barnes & Noble is currently looking to capitalize on the digital sales by possibly spinning off the Nook division.

While success of the tablet and e-reader devices may seem like the death knell for small bookstores, the American Booksellers Association actually reported an increase in profit for independent bookstores during the holiday season, including a 15.5 percent increase in sales during the Black Friday shopping period. It remains to be seen if these customers will continue shopping in the New Year.

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New Nook to be Announced Nov. 7?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Book retailer Barnes & Noble is expected to introduce an updated version of the Nook Color next week.

Tech blog Gizmodo says it received an invite from the company advertising a "very special announcement" taking place on Nov. 7. There is speculation the announcement could be an updated Nook, or a tablet under a completely new name. Either way, it would beat to market Amazon's already heavily hyped Fire tablet by a week.

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