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Barnes & Noble Focuses on Digital Horizon
In its quarterly report, Barnes & Noble expects revenue increases to be largely driven by sales of its e-reader devices and accessories, and by increases in children’s products and nonbook items.
To that end, the company is investing most of its time and money on digital materials and readers—something all publishers and book retailers should be considering.
Read the full article here: “B&N loss narrows; e-book push weighs on outlook”
(The Associated Press, Nov. 30, 2010; NACS.org)
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.
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Electronic readers such as the Kindle and the Nook are among the latest tech devices many think will be favorites for shoppers this holiday season.
Publishers Weekly studied traditional e-readers, tablet computers, and smartphones used to access electronic content. The list is a quick glance at each item with an image, price, and other details.
Read full article: “Digital Readers: A Guide”
(Publishers Weekly, Nov. 15, 2010; NACS.org)
- AMAZON FRANCE CHIEF EXECUTIVE Xavier Garambois said prices of e-books should be 30% to 40% lower than those for print. A bill that will determine who sets e-book prices is working its way through the French parliament.
- WILL ELECTRONIC BOOK SALES climb to 15% to 20% of the market by 2015? That’s what a recent French study by Bain & Co. claims. The study says tablets such as the iPad will account for about two-thirds to three-quarters of total sales, while e-readers will account for the remainder. The study was conducted among 3,000 people in six countries: France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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Tagged Amazon, e-book, e-reader, iPad, Kindle, Nook, Retail, Tablet, Technology