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July 23, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Barnes & Noble Launches eBookstore

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (www.barnesandnobleinc.com) announced the launch of the Barnes & Noble eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks), which it calls "the world's largest eBookstore," on Barnesandnoble.com. The eBookstore will enable customers to buy ebooks and read them on a wide range of platforms, including the iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry smartphones, as well as most Windows and Mac laptops or full-sized desktop computers. (The ebooks cannot be read on the Sony Reader or Amazon Kindle.) In addition, Barnes & Noble announced that it will be the exclusive eBookstore provider on the forthcoming Plastic Logic eReader device (www.plasticlogic.com). The ultrathin 8.5" x 11" wireless eReader is slated to debut in early 2010. The eReader will wirelessly connect using the AT&T 3G network.

The eBookstore will offer its customers seamless access to more than 700,000 titles, including hundreds of new releases and best-sellers at only $9.99. The company expects that its selection will increase to more than 1 million titles within the next year, inclusive of every available ebook from every book publisher and every available ebook original, which is a fast-growing marketplace. It will also include more than half a million public domain books from Google, which can be downloaded for free.

The site includes a downloadable upgraded version of its eReader application, which was part of the company's Fictionwise acquisition earlier this year. This device-agnostic ebook application supports both wireless and wired access to the new Barnes & Noble eBookstore. First-time users of the eReader will have the opportunity to download free ebooks, including titles such as Merriam-Webster's Pocket Dictionary, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Last of the Mohicans, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula.

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.



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