Barnes & Noble Spins off College Division

Barnes & Noble Nook college bookstoresThe bookseller announced yesterday it will separate its retail and ebook businesses from its college books business, with plans to set the latter up as a standalone education company by the end of August.

That raises the question of whether Barnes & Noble’s plans for Nook Media have changed.

While the company has said it intends to find a buyer later this year, Publishers Lunch reports that “some investors interpret [yesterday’s news] as meaning Nook is no longer fit for sale.”

As for an independent Barnes & Noble Education, CEO Michael Huseby foresees it becoming “an industry-leading, pure-play public company with more flexibility to pursue strategic opportunities in the growing educational services markets.”

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