NYTimes / Internet / July 21, 2009 / Chain Plans An Extensive E-Bookstore / By MOTOKO RICH
In an announcement on Monday, Barnes & Noble said that it would offer more than 700,000 books that could be read on a wide range of devices, including Apple’s iPhone, the BlackBerry and various laptop or desktop computers. [snip]
More than 500,000 of the books now offered electronically on BN.com can be downloaded free, through an agreement with Google to provide electronic versions of public domain books that Google has scanned from university libraries. [snip]
Barnes & Noble is promoting its e-bookstore as the world’s largest, an implicit stab at Amazon.com, which offers about 330,000 for its Kindle device. Currently, Google’s public domain books cannot be read on a Kindle.
Barnes & Noble also announced an upgraded version of its eReader software that users could download free from its Web site, making it possible to read any e-book bought on BN.com on various devices.
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Sales of e-books remain small , but are growing fast. According to a survey by the Codex Group, a book marketing research company, 4.9 percent of books sold in May were in digital form, up from 3.7 percent in March.
[Sarah Rotman Epps, a media analyst with Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass] ... added that as more consumers begin reading digital books on phones and other mobile devices, it made sense to market to those readers as opposed to those who are buying dedicated reading devices like the Kindle or the Sony Reader.
NPR > Morning Edition > July 21 2009
Barnes And Noble Launches Kindle Competition / STEVE INSKEEP
Correction > The audio report says Amazon's e-books are only readable on the Kindle. This is incorrect. Amazon e-books downloadable on the Kindle can also be downloaded and read on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch using the Amazon Kindle for iPhone application.
New York Times> Personal Tech > State Of The Art> August 5 2009
New Entry in E-Books Is a Paper Tiger / DAVID POGUE