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July 1, 2002 — 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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Web Book Retailers Go Head-to-Head

Customers have recently been offered shipping discounts and price cuts on books by several of the large Web-based book retailers. Amazon sent a letter to customers announcing that it was lowering from $99 to $49 the minimum order amount to receive free shipping. On the Amazon.com site it's called "Super Saver Shipping," and eligible products are marked with an icon. Video games, toys, e-books, and heavy items, among others, are excluded. Products with free shipping will take an extra 3 to 5 days to be sent, according to information on the site.

Buy.com then announced it was eliminating shipping on all orders except for very heavy items like TVs or computers. The company also said it would guarantee that books and audiobooks sold on its site would be priced at least 10-percent lower than the same titles on Amazon.com. Users must submit a request for a "price-match refund."

Not to be outdone, barnesandnoble.com (http://www.bn.com) announced free shipping when you buy two or more items and ship to the same address, and a summer sale of 30-percent off new books (those published after January 1, 2002). The company also announced the introduction of "What America's Reading," a new feature that provides hourly, daily, and weekly updates on best-selling books (http://www.bn.com/bestsellers). The data are organized in a number of ways, including a Top Ten list of bestsellers across all categories and formats at both Barnes & Noble stores and on barnesandnoble.com; lists of the best-selling titles in more than 300 categories; and charts that track the movement of the top titles. The Top Ten books will be discounted at 40-percent off list price at barnesandnoble.com.

Sources: Amazon.com, Buy.com, barnesandnoble.com



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