Barnes & Noble is buying a 49 percent stake in iUniverse.com Inc., a Web-based publisher that helps aspiring authors get their books printed and sold. iUniverse.com runs a Web site that offers new authors a place to submit manuscripts online, and have books published. The company also offers print-by-demand technology, a new concept in the book business that allows books to be printed one at a time rather than in lots of hundreds or thousands.
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