In an effort to keep up with the Jones (Amazon), Barnes & Noble has launched a digital audio bookstore. I’m not an audiobook aficionado so I can’t speak to whether the prices are a good deal. The digital downloads are mp3s which means that there are no DRM restrictions such as there are for Audible.com content (owned by Amazon).
The interesting part about the PW article regarding this was the last sentence:
Later this year, B&N is expected to launch an e-bookstore, following its acquisition earlier this year of Fictionwise.
If BN opens its own ebookstore, will Fictionwise totally fade away? Will eReader which is owned by Fictionwise? And does the development of the BN ebookstore explain the decline of quality in service at Fictionwise currently?