A bigger marketplace for ebooks, yay!

July 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Barnes & Noble, two steps away from considering voluntary administration, has flung up a new marketing plan that could turn the company around, though maybe not all their brick and mortar outlets.

As noted earlier, B&N bought Fictionwise, an already thriving ebookstore that had used the e-Reader application. Their latest press release announces a partnership with Plastic Logic – makers of tablet e-readers – and also applications for other portable devices as well as a new ebookstore. Dymocks in Australia has had a similar concept instore since 2008 with the iLiad reader except that its premise is limited and the device is horrendously expensive. Unfortunately, B&N are barring Kindles and Sony Readers from using their site. WTF.

B&N haven’t mentioned it but I assume free wi-fi and e-browsing will be available in their stores, and they won’t pull an Amazon control-freak grabback if something goes wrong with your ebook purchase. I also hope purchases won’t be limited to the US and Canada. In other words, they would and should treat ebook purchases as transactions with no strings attached.

Also Plastic Logic has been teasing us with their new tablet technology potential for ages. By the time they actually produce it for the market, I think the cost will be a tad high, and the screen still only in black and white. They better move faster.

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