More on Barnes and Noble…
The eBookstore, launched Monday, offers 700,000 titles according to Barnes & Noble’s press release, but in a conference call after the release went out, Barnes & Noble clarified that it includes Google’s 500,000 free public domain books as part of that number. That means for now, Amazon’s Kindle store has the edge: It offers more than 300,000 titles. As on Amazon’s Kindle store, the Barnes & Noble eBookstore will offer new releases and bestsellers at $9.99. Barnes says it expects its selection to increase to over one million titles over the course of the next year, including e-books from established publishers, independent direct-to-e-book publishers, and Google.
More interesting is the partnership with Plastic Logic – the B&N kindle killer:
The Plastic Logic eReader device will be 8.5 by 11 inches, with a wireless connection—making it a direct threat to Amazon’s Kindle DX (also about the size of a sheet of paper, with wireless, and integrated Amazon Kindle bookstore). The on-device bookstore integration is a critical component of the puzzle.
Nicer looking than kindle anyway 🙂