[tabi] [4your info] (Public Domain) E-Books will be available through Barnes & Noble and Son

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  • Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:32:35 -0400


Barnes & Noble Plans an Extensive E-Bookstore
Published: July 20, 2009
The New York Times

Four months after acquiring an e-book retailer, Barnes & 
the world's largest chain of bookstores, is starting its own mega 
e-bookstore on its Web site, BN.com<http://BN.com>.

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 
the BlackBerry and various laptop or desktop computers. When Barnes & Noble 
acquired Fictionwise in March, that online retailer had about 60,000 books 
in its catalog.

More than 500,000 of the books now offered electronically on BN.com can be 
downloaded free, through an agreement with 
to provide electronic versions of public domain books that Google has 
scanned from university libraries. 
announced a similar deal in March to offer the public domain books on its 
Reader device.

Barnes & Noble is promoting its e-bookstore as the world's largest, an 
implicit stab at 
which offers about 330,000 for its 
device. Currently, Google's public domain books cannot be read on a Kindle.

The number of e-books available on BN.com compares with 1.2 million in stock 
that can be bought in print form from the company's Web site.

A further one million books can be ordered from BN.com in the 
print-on-demand format.

William J. Lynch, president of Barnes & Noble.com, said the company would 
continue to sell e-book versions of best sellers and new releases - defined 
as a new e-book for the first six months of its availability - for $9.99. 
That charge has become the de facto e-book price since Amazon.com set it for 
Kindle sales.

E-book pricing has become one of the most delicate topics in book circles. 
Publishers are concerned that by selling new books at such low prices, 
e-book retailers will undercut sales of hardcover editions, which average 
about $26, and eventually erode publisher margins.

"The pricing policies won't remain static," Mr. Lynch said in an interview. 
"We're working with our publishers on various pricing models. As the pricing 
model evolves over time, we will adjust."

David Young, chief executive of the Hachette Book Group, the publisher of 
blockbuster authors like James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer, was cautious 
about Barnes & Noble's latest step.

"I'm thrilled that another major player is entering the fast-emerging e-book 
market," Mr. Young said. "But I remain deeply concerned that our most 
valuable front-list titles are being sold at mass-market paperback prices," 
he said, referring to the small format paperbacks that usually come out a 
year after a hardcover is released.

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. Electronic books bought at 
BN.com cannot be read on Sony's Reader or on the Kindle.

The retailer also said that when Plastic Logic released its electronic 
reading device in early 2010, Barnes & Noble would operate a bookstore for 
e-books that would work on the new device. Mr. Lynch declined to say whether 
Barnes & Noble would sell the actual device.

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 
in Cambridge, Mass., said BN.com was unlikely to dent Amazon.com's Kindle 

"I don't think they will be stealing market share from 
Ms. Rotman Epps said. "If anything I think they are contributing to the 
growth of the whole category of digital reading."

She 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 

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