In a few cities, Google is now offering same-day deliveries of books from Barnes & Noble. The two companies might seem like unlikely partners until you consider their common enemy: Amazon. On some level, it’s amazing that the biggest companies in the world are in a fierce battle for technological superiority and their weapon of choice is the old fashioned book. Whether they’re delivered digitally or by a van, it’s still about the words. In an era when many assumed that people would lose the attention span for longform content, it turns out you can’t get it to us fast enough. (This might be an overly optimistic spin on the story, but I’m a humanities major.) From the NYT: Google and Barnes & Noble unite to take on Amazon.