Recent stories have suggested that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to buy the Nook Media division of Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), of which it already owns 17%. The story comes just days after the bookseller announced that Nook devices would include the full suite of Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) applications; the device runs on the Android operating system, but has never had full functionality.

In the video below, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the series of news events that have surrounded these three companies and then poses a question to Barnes & Noble about how information has been managed.