Remember a few months ago when the news came out that Barnes & Noble had acquired Fictionwise? To refresh your memory, Fictionwise used to be the biggest e-book seller -- before Amazon brought out the Kindle. This past March, B&N bought Fictionwise for $15.7 million.
You don’t pay that much moola unless you have plans. B&N’s plans are a reality. They’ve launched an e-store. You can buy titles that can be read on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, the BlackBerry smartphones, and on most notebook and desktop computers. B&N’s titles won’t be compatible with the Kindle, though.
They’ll be offering more than 700,000 titles, including new releases. That number is expected to increase to 1 million next year.
At the moment, clearly Kindle has the hammer lock on ebooks, but that could change. More and more people are buying iPhones. Even I have one now. Depending on how easy it is to read a book on the iPhone screen, B&N may be on to something here. If I can comfortably read a book on my iPhone, I’d be less likely to pay the huge bucks for a Kindle to lug around. I already carry my iPhone with me. Why dig out room in my purse for a Kindle, too?
We’ll have to see how this works and how easy it is to download and read. But on the surface, it seems to me that B&N has made a smart move here. What do you think?
2 weeks ago