Microsoft opened its wallet for a piece of B&N’s eBook market share.  GigaOM:

The $300 million investment in the  Nook subsidiary of Barnes & Noble gives Microsoft about 17.6 percent ownership of this business unit. That values this part of the business at about $1.7 billion. Before the markets opened this morning, the Nook business was valued about $900 million more than Barnes & Noble itself.

I’m holding out for the Nook Zune Enterprise Premium Professional.

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