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Founded in 1886, Barnes & Noble was bought in 1971 by Leonard Riggio, who built up the business into the United States’ biggest book retailer. However, it lost market share in the early 21st century to e-books, and because of tough online competition from

Departure of Barnes & Noble chief may put focus on retail

The growing preference among readers for e-books has been painful for Barnes & Noble, where sales have fallen. Photo: AFP

The sudden resignation of Barnes & Noble’s chief executive could indicate the struggling bookseller is closer to breaking up and returning to basics: bookstores.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 11:20am

Barnes & Noble chief resigns after Nook sales slump

Customers check out the Nook tablet at a Barnes & Noble outlet. The tablet has failed to win market share from Amazon’s hugely successful Kindle. Photo: AP

Barnes & Noble chief executive William Lynch resigned on Monday, an acknowledgement that its digital division Nook has failed to compete successfully in the e-reader and tablet markets and possibly presaging a further shake-up in the company.

9 Jul 2013 - 10:48am

Barnes & Noble retreats from tablet wars as Nook sales plummet

Barnes & Noble has reported dismal results, led by a 34 per cent drop in sales of Nook devices and e-books business. Photo: Reuters

Barnes & Noble will stop manufacturing its own Nook tablets, marking the end of its expensive attempt to compete alone with deep-pocketed rivals, Apple and Google in the tablet wars.

26 Jun 2013 - 10:50am