A bitter and extended proxy fight climaxed at Tuesday's shareholder meeting. In the end, B&N Chairman Riggio's defeat of dissident shareholder Burkle was more fait accompli than 11th-hour surprise. And it served far more to raise questions than provide answers.
Thursday morning's announcement that Steve Riggio would step down as Barnes & Noble's CEO seemed unexpected -- at first. But his replacement is looking into the company's digital future, without overlooking its secret weapon: brick-and-mortar stores.