Wal-Mart passed on Barnes & Noble before, but maybe it should look again – Here are more B&N rumors. Walmart apparently looked at buying B&N in 2010 but the thinking at that time was that B&N’s web site could help Walmart’s online presence. I don’t really understand this thinking. Alexa says that walmart.com’s traffic rank is 32 in the US whereas barnesandnoble.com’s Alexa rank is 208. B&N who doesn’t like to discount and Walmart which is all about huge discounts doesn’t seem to mesh well together. Yahoo! Finance
Another suitor for B&N is said to be Microsoft who already owns 17.6%. If we are speculating, I wonder if Pearson has the money to buy Barnes & Noble. Or maybe the combined company of Random + Penguin. That would really shake things up.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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