Barnes & Noble recently announced that it has launched the worlds largest e-bookstore with nearly 700,000 titles and a free eBook reader application called eReader for the BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPod touch with eReaders for a “bunch” coming in the following weeks.
The B&N eReader for BlackBerry can be downloaded by pointing your BlackBerry Browser to http://www.bn.com/ebooks-bb. eReader for Apple devices can be picked up on the App Store. Once you’ve installed eReaderyou can enjoy these benefits:
- Automatic downloads of your latest Barnes & Noble eBook purchases and samples
- Access to download eBooks from your Online Library anytime
- Bookmarks, note taking & highlight functionality
- Lookup function for dictionary, Wikipedia or Google
- Portrait or landscape display modes
- Customizable font, margins and page gestures
There is no question that Barnes & Noble is going after the same market targeted by Amazon and the Kindle.
While Barnes & Noble does not offer a similar gadget, it announced a partnership with Plastic Logic, which is developing an e-book device that would compete with the Kindle. It is expected to be the size of a sheet of notebook paper and would have wireless download capabilities similar to the Kindle and be on the market in early 2010.
This isn’t Barnes & Noble’s first attempt at selling eBooks. They actually got out of the business back in 2006, a year before the Amazon Kindle came out. It will be interesting to see if they have a better go at this this time around.