According to Digital Book World and other sources, Barnes & Noble has elected to split off their "education division" (read: college textbooks) into a separate company.
Read the whole story here.
This sounds like good news for B&N stakeholders...until you look at their efforts to build a unified platform for both readers and publishing professionals so far. And what I mean by that is that in all the years they've been competing with Amazon, they still haven't made any serious efforts to do so. Today, B&N remains one of the most fragmented companies in the bookselling and publishing industries. Among the issues I've observed are:
An inability to make decisive decisions concerning their often money-losing brick-and-mortar locations.
A strange unwillingness to capitalize on their base of...