Microsoft did what?

I finally get this. The WSJ reported yesterday that Microsoft will spend $605 billion on e-publishing with an investment in the Nook that also includes Barnes&Noble’s college bookstores unit.

Right now, Apple is the only real player in the academic digital book business. I think Microsoft is positioning itself to give Apple some real competition once the huge Windows install base upgrades to Windows 8. That will be the first time a Windows tablet will make sense to most consumers.