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Sales Erode at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Inc.’s latest quarterly earnings show an erosion in sales for both print books and e-books, casting a cloud over its long-term prospects.

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Publishing Executive Larry Kirshbaum to Leave Amazon

One of Amazon.com Inc.’s top book- publishing executives, Laurence Kirshbaum, will leave early next year, Amazon said, a sign of the difficulties the retailer has had in establishing itself as a major book publisher.

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Publishing Hears Echoes of Netflix Business Model

Offering unlimited television shows and music for a flat monthly fee has worked for Netflix Inc. and Spotify AB. Will it work in the book industry?

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Barnes’s Chairman Mulls Store Buyout

Barnes & Noble Inc.’s chairman and biggest shareholder has expressed interest in buying out the retailer’s consumer-bookstore chain, raising the prospect that the company could be split in two.

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Barnes & Noble Aims to Whittle Its Stores for Years

Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the bookseller’s top store executive said, offering the most detailed picture yet of the company’s plans for the outlets.

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Nook Loses Ground in Tablet War

Revenue at the bookseller’s Nook segment, which includes all the Nook devices, digital content, plus accessories, fell 12.6% to $311 million for the nine-week compared with the same period a year ago, the company said Thursday.

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News Corp. Unit Interested in Penguin Group

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has expressed interest in buying book publisher Penguin Group, potentially undermining merger discussions between Penguin and Random House, people familiar with the situation said.

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Missing From Surface Tablet: Barnes & Noble’s Nook App

When Microsoft agreed to invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s new subsidiary Nook Media LLC earlier this year, Barnes & Noble committed to creating a Nook e-reading app for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet. But with the tablet’s release Friday, that app is missing in action.

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Barnes & Noble Warns of Data Breach

Barnes & Noble Inc. said customers at 63 stores in nine states may have had their credit-card information stolen.

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Google Settles Copyright Case With Publishers

The Association of American Publishers has settled a long-running copyright infringement case with Google Inc., though the issue of whether Google had the right to digitally reproduce books in copyright is still being hashed out in court.