APPLE GOT INTO THE BLACK Friday spirit, reducing the price of the iPad by $41. People who purchased the iPad online that day paid $458 for a model without a 3G connection and with 16 gigabytes of storage. The top-end, 3G connection with 64 gigs sold for $788.
MEXICO LAUNCHED THE MEXICAN Digital Library this week, joining an international online project. The library makes historical texts available in eight languages worldwide under the World Digital Library project. Mexico’s library features manuscripts published in the pictorial script used by native peoples before Spanish colonists arrived in the 16th century.
SONY PLANS TO LAUNCH AN E-BOOK store this month for Android devices and iPhones. PC Magazine reported that users won’t have to own a Sony Reader to access content from the company’s bookstore on the iPhone or Android devices.
ONLINE BOOK, MUSIC, and media retailer Alibris launched a web site geared for smartphones and tablet computers in an effort to attract bargain shoppers who like to price-check while on the go.
MARKET RESEARCH ORGANIZATION GfK MRI said approximately 5.9 million U.S. adults own an e-reader, up from 2.1 million owners in the March-October period of 2009. Males make up 49% of e-reader owners, and 51% are women.