Barnes & Noble has inked a deal with Samsung to build the next generation of Nook tablets – a deal that will see at least a million of the devices up for sale.
Barnes & Noble has long discussed partnering on its tablet business and Samsung, which just ended its ebook aspirations, is as good a partner at it can hope for. The Galaxy line of phones and tablets is widely considered to be second only to Apple’s fleet of products.
There are two big questions in all of this: Will this new Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook tablet turn Barnes & Noble’s digital fortunes around? And what happened to Microsoft?
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