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Barnes & Noble founder looking to buy back company

Barnes & Noble founder looking to buy back company

Barnes & Noble has certainly seen better days. They're expecting a huge loss on their NOOK business, and they could close 30% of their stores this year (but may possibly open a few new ones in different locations. With all this said, it's no wonder that the company is looking to change some things around. In fact, the company's founder, Leonard Riggio, is pondering the idea of buying the company back from shareholders.

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Barnes & Noble to close 30% of stores within the decade [UPDATE]

Barnes & Noble to close 30% of stores within the decade [UPDATE]

If you still love shopping for books by hand at your local Barnes & Noble, enjoy it while you can, because the company has announced that its cutting its store force by 30% within 10 years, lowering the total number of bookstores for the company down to 450 to 500 stores in the US. Right now, the company operates just under 700 locations, with a separate store chain of 675 college-focused stores.

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Kobo Arc now on sale in Canada, UK, and France

Kobo Arc now on sale in Canada, UK, and France

Kobo has announced that their newest device, the Arc tablet, is available for purchase in Canada and the United Kingdom, while France will have it stock starting on Monday. Kobo is an often forgotten brand, thanks to the dominance of Amazon's Kindle series of products, as well as Barnes & Noble's NOOK ereaders and tablets. However, it seems Kobo is looking to make an international dent in the market with its Arc tablet.

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Google vs American Publishers suit settles with digital goodness

Google vs American Publishers suit settles with digital goodness

After a court battle that's lasted just a couple weeks short of 7 years, Google and the Association of American Publishers are now announcing a settlement that will put their book-battle to rest. The situation was, back in 2005 that is, that Google was scanning books galore into their Google Library Project for sharing with the world - and five members of the AAP were not happy with that. The settlement that's been reached has cash amounts unannounced - and they'll likely remain unannounced as it's been done out of court - and the publishers now have the rights to take or leave their works in Google's care.

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