Joint Venture between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft finalized, Now Nook Media LLC

imageMicrosoft and Barnes and Noble’s joint venture has received regulatory blessing, and with that also finally a name.

No longer NewCo, the company has now been named Nook Media LLC.

“As demand for digital content continues to increase, we are focused on bringing ground-breaking reading and learning content and technologies to more people in more formats than ever before, including the imminent launch of our exceptional NOOK reading application for Windows 8,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “We look forward to working closely with our new partner Microsoft to add value to their innovative new platform by bringing great reading experiences and one of the world’s preeminent digital bookstores to millions of Windows 8 users.”

“NOOK Media is a leader in developing the next generation of digital reading and we look forward to the company bringing one of the world’s largest digital libraries to Windows 8 devices via their upcoming Windows 8 app,” said Andy Lees, President at Microsoft. “We are also excited by NOOK Media’s product roadmap and expansion into markets around the world as demonstrated by their recent launches in the United Kingdom.”

The first product of the joint venture will be the above-mentioned Windows 8 Nook app but there are also rumours of a Windows Phone 8-powered eReader in the works.

See the full press release at Barnes and Noble here.

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