August 11, 2009 |
Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. said it would buy Barnes & Noble College Booksellers from its chairman in a deal worth $596 million. The deal will cost Barnes & Noble $460 million after accounting for College Booksellers' cash on hand at the expected closing date. The purchase will boost full-year earnings, reunite Barnes & Noble's brand and eliminate annual royalty payments for online textbook sales.
September 27, 1995
Basketball star Michael Jordan has joined the board of directors of Oakley Inc., an Irvine-based maker of sunglasses and goggles. The Chicago Bulls star, who acquired about $2 million worth of Oakley stock when the company went public in August, will act as a consultant, but won't be pitching Oakley's products, said Scott Bowers, director of sports marketing. "He has a great view, a great outlook on sports marketing." The company also has named two other directors: Irene R.
October 4, 2007 |
Microsoft Corp. bought Internet shopping company Jellyfish .com to gain technology to lure users from search-engine leader Google Inc. Jellyfish.com, based in Middleton, Wis., offers a search tool that links to products from Target Corp., Barnes & Noble Inc. and other stores. Shoppers who make a purchase through the service receive part of the ad revenue Jellyfish.com gets from the retailer in the form of credits. Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash.
April 21, 2005 |
As demand has surged for books by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, books about him in his new role as Pope Benedict XVI are quickly being readied for publication. Doubleday has scheduled a pair of them for May: a collection of the new pope's writings, and a biography by John Allen Jr., whose previous book on Ratzinger was released in 2000. Barnes & Noble Inc. is publishing its own book, by scholar Greg Tobin.