A Kodak moment for Barnes & Noble?

Barnes & Noble's decision to separate its e-book business amplifies the question mark over the bookseller and all industries making the transition to the digital age.

The Barnes & Noble announcement on Thursday night that it was considering selling or spinning off its electronic reader business neatly illustrates the near-impossible dilemma confronting legacy businesses in an increasingly digitised world.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook business is second only to Amazon in the e-book sector in the US. Barnes & Noble, the biggest of the bricks-and-mortar book sellers in the US after the demise of Borders, established the business only two years ago.

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