Posted Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at 7:47 AM
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Even though the market for mobile devices is a worldwide industry with a global supply chain, the vagaries of legacy media rights contracts mean that the availability of content for devices is still fragmented along national lines in many cases. And when it comes to devices that are narrowly tied to content, that means the devices themselves are often only spottily available. But the e-reader market is changing, and Barnes & Noble announced this week that its Nook e-readers will be sold at John Lewis stores in the United Kingdom. Way back in May, Amazon announced that a similar distribution deal for Kindles would be coming to the United Kingdom via Waterstones stores.