[caption id="attachment_118854" align="alignleft" width="150"] Major technology companies have looked for inroads into the digital textbook industry.[/caption]

Pearson, the U.K. publisher and education company, is buying a 5-percent stake in Barnes & Noble's Nook eReader as technology companies seek new inroads into the potentially lucrative business of digital textbooks for schools.

Pearson PLC will pay $89.5 million cash for a 5-percent stake in Nook Media LLC, which includes the bookseller's eReader and tablets, its digital bookstore, and its 674 stores serving U.S. colleges. Barnes & Noble will hold 78.2 percent of the business...

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