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Barnes & Noble’s Kindle competitor may have been the worst-kept secret since balloon boy’s disastrous appearance on CNN last week.
But the advance hype doesn’t seem to have hurt the launch of the Nook, an impressive-looking $260 device that will go head-to-head with Amazon.com’s Kindle, currently the most successful product in a small but growing market for e-book readers.
Basic details of the Nook were published by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday following leaked images that appeared on Gizmodo last week. And Barnes & Noble leaked product details hours before reporters filed into Pier 60 in Manhattan for the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
“Simply following the leader is not in our DNA,” said Barnes & Noble president William Lynch.
B&N website about the Nook
The Nook allows you to lend ebooks to friends: Share favorite eBooks with your friends, family, or book club. Most eBooks can be lent for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share, then send it to your friend's reader, cell phone, or computer.
RWW Points Out The Internet Archive has just unveiled their ambitious project called BookServer, which will allow users to find, buy, or borrow digital books from sources all across the web. The system, built on an open architecture and using open book formats, promises that the books housed there will work on any device whether that's a laptop, PC, smartphone, game console, or one of the myriad of e-Readers like Amazon's Kindle.
In the NY Times Room for Debate commentary, five professionals from various fields give their views on e-books and what they do to our brains.
"Is there a difference in the way the brain takes in or absorbs information when it is presented electronically versus on paper? Does the reading experience change, from retention to comprehension, depending on the medium?"
Kate Lambert recalls using her library card just once or twice throughout her childhood. Now, she uses it several times a month.
The lure? Electronic books she can download to her laptop. Beginning earlier this year, Ms. Lambert, a 19-year-old community college student in New Port Richey, Fla., borrowed volumes in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold and a vampire novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, without ever visiting an actual branch.
Electronic “is going to be the center of the universe,” said Ms. Friedman, a flamboyant and relentless booster of authors during her four-decade career in New York publishing. “We really think that what we’re going to do is to help transform the industry, which is built on models that we all know are broken.”
When traditional publishers reissue print editions, they tend to do so with little fanfare. Ms. Friedman, by contrast, plans to push a torrent of online marketing on new readers in the hopes of reigniting the backlists of well-known authors in the digital world.
Excerpt from story: The bookseller also hopes to make e-book lending a centerpiece of its device, according to two people in publishing who asked not to be named because talks were confidential. Readers can not lend digital books on the Kindle, although books can be read on up to six separate devices linked to the same Amazon account.
Pull post at the NYT Bits Blog
If you live in Zimbabwe, Myanmar or the Falkland Islands, rejoice – you can now buy Amazon's white-hot electronic book-reader, the Kindle.
Canada, however, is still off-limits.
Amazon.com Inc. announced Wednesday it will begin selling the Kindle – which the company describes as the best-selling product among the millions it sells – in about 100 countries around the world.
But customers in Canada are still unable to order the device, possibly because of a delay in an agreement being reached with carriers over the Kindle's use of wireless technology to download content.
10 Ways Publishing Can Be Saved: Instead having legal waste their time combing the Internet trying to find every single book illegally posted, they should be spending money on young marketers who might actually find a free-based model that would work. Here are a ten relatively simple ways publishers can make money off electronic publishing:
Article in the Guardian about the Kindle in the UK.
Article raises some interesting questions. Because rights with some books differ from country to country you may not be able to download certain books depending what country you are in.
The article is here.