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Microsoft takes $300M stake in Barnes & Noble college, digital businesses; to set up new co.

Barnes & Noble Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to create a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary that will house the digital and college businesses of the bookseller and include a Nook application for Windows 8. The companies said Monday that they are exploring separating those businesses entirely. That could mean a stock offering, sale, or other deal could happen.

eTextbook Trends: Barnes and Noble and Nookstudy.

----- In an effort to track the eTextbook marketplace the Gilfus…