Tuesday Midday Tech Links: BN’s Reader Is Called Nook. Not a Joke
Barnes and Noble is launching its Nook today. Some people are saying it will be in stores this weekend for hands on fondling. It’s certainly one of the best of the latest crop of devices with its dual screen nature. The lower half appears to be a touchscreen LCD which will allow faster browsing of titles, input of notes, and color access. The price is $259.00.
- BN’s Nook has 3G connectivity and wifi.
- You will be able to access an entire ebook for free while inside the BN store, just like a paper book.
- The lending feature will allow readers to share their copy with another person using Nook or ereader. software for up to 14 days. You will not be able to access the book during this period of time.
- The device will begin shipping November 30 and is available only through BN stores and BN.com.
- There is no affiliate links for the nook, only for individual books and for the nook accessories.
- Nook will accept DRMed versions of eReader and ePub.
- You can load mp3s but not Audible books.
This video shows off an OLED display for a dedicated e-reader. Yeah, I am waiting for the next generation of ebook reader at this point which I believe will be a multi function device, perhaps a web tablet.
Patricia Cornwell is suing her financial advisors for losing some $40 million.
Cornwell accuses Snapper-‘who once allegedly told her that Anchin would "do everything for its clients including buying and delivering their toilet paper"-‘of a variety of misdeeds. These apparently include everything from purchasing goods and services on her behalf from favored Anchin clients, to mishandling rental properties, construction jobs, and tax returns, to cutting a check for $5,000 as a bat mitzvah gift for his daughter ("whom Ms. Cornwell has never met," the lawsuit notes dryly).
The Internet Archive has launched Bookserver, a webserver that will craw the internet looking for every bit of information about a book, index it, and regurgitate the results in a helpful manner. Imagine typing in the name of a book and having the search results show you that it is for sale in print, digital, and audio form; and the place where you can buy it along with all sorts of other interesting information such as blurbs, covers, excerpts, related reviews and blog postings. Sounds awesome. You can read more from Fran Toolan on this here. This article talks about accessibility and delivery of books to the underprivileged.
The print price war is on. Target joined the fray yesterday by reducing the price of select number of hardcovers to $8.99 (with free shipping no less). The product of this type of pricing can be reframing consumer expectations. If 20 hardcovers are priced at the $8.99 price, who is going to want to pay more? Retailers are more able to withstand the loss leader pricing than publishers can withstand consumer expectations. As a consumer, the low pricing makes me stand up and cheer. But as a reading advocate, I wonder whether this type of pricing will a) lead to the erosion of hardcovers altogether and b) whether that means a loss of valuable voices in the marketplace. There’s a lot to discuss and ponder here and as one independent bookseller noted to Shelf Awareness, it’s time to have a conversation about this. Right now, though, Kindred in Death is available for $8.99 with free shipping from just about everywhere.
Sears is offering you a gift card for $9 for every qualifying book you buy from Wal-mart, Amazon or Target online. The gift card is good toward a purchase of $45 or more (but only on line). So the book is free, sort of. I can’t remember the last time I bought anything from Sears.
At Penguin, headline sales were up 12% (CER sales down 4%) as the expected tough retail market conditions were largely offset by a good publishing performance, strong growth in eBook sales (up almost fourfold and with almost 12,000 eBooks now available) and good growth in international markets such as South Africa.
CER apparently means Constant Exchange Rate which I take to mean that if the exchange rate weren’t fluctuating, the sales would be down 4%. The press release notes that 60% of Pearson’s sales are in the U.S. I saw another link indicate that Pearson was selling strong in India and China in both educational and trade markets. (I can’t seem to locate the link now).