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Barnes & Noble Gets a Time Inc. Vet to Run Its Newsstand

Barnes & Noble wants to catch up to Amazon (AMZN)–and suddenly, Apple (AAPL)–in the e-reader race. This means the company needs its own digital newsstand.

So the bookseller has nabbed a magazine guy to run it. Barnes & Noble (BKS) has hired Jonathan Shar, a 15-year veteran of Time Warner’s (TWX) Time Inc. to lead what it is calling its “Digital Newsstand and Emerging Content, Barnes & Noble.com” unit.

Bad name, good idea. Shar has handled print duties–he ran consumer marketing for Sports Illustrated–and digital for Time Inc. Most recently, he was GM for CNNMoney.com, the publisher’s joint venture with Turner.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik