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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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