Why the Nook is now doomed - The Cody Word - MarketWatch (click for full article) "So how about that big investment in Barnes & Noble by Microsoft which valued the B&N Nook tablet/e-reader business at $1.7 billion? For the record, when Microsoft invested in Facebook at a $15 billion, I told my viewers on my TV show that it was a brilliant investment. This is not a brilliant investment by Microsoft. It's just a lose/lose. The Nook, which is currently having some modicum of success and showing nice growth but is far from profitable, is based on the Android operating system. Google's Android operating system. I predict that over the course of the next two years that we'll see Microsoft MSFT -0.02% convince the Nook guys to try a hybrid Android/Windows operating system or that they'll convince the Nook guys to ditch Android entirely for Microsoft's Windows 8 for tablets. The upshot is that you can expect Barnes & Noble BKS -0.87% and the Nook to face the same future that Nokia NOK has suffered since they bet on Microsoft - slow death. Ooh, maybe someday Microsoft will just take over and combine these two businesses and call it ... wait for it ... Nookia! It's stock symbol could just be "NO". "