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SPLITTING UP Barnes & Noble May Separate Nook Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

Barnes & Noble May Separate Nook

Barnes & Noble Inc. warned of heavier-than-expected losses this year, and said that it is considering separating its Nook e-book business. Chief Executive William Lynch said, “We see substantial value in what we’ve built with our Nook business in only two years, and we believe it’s the right time to investigate our options to unlock that value.” The losses resulted from a “shortfall in the expected sales of Nook Simple Touch,” and the company said it had "overanticipated the growth in consumer demand for single purpose black-and-white reading devices this holiday."

January 5, 2012 8:10 PM