Barnes And Noble eBooks Launch!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | August 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm
I was pretty excited to be invited to a webinar (you can listen to a part of it here) with Doug Gotlieb, Vice President of Digital Products at Barnes And Noble, regarding their eBooks launch. Barnes and Noble is one of my favorite places (along with Starbucks and Ikea) representing innovation and style so to get the scoop on this latest venture was really right up my alley. Truth is before the call I was not a huge electronic books reader as I was dissuaded by the cost of the readers.
Anyway it already set the tone for a great start to know that Barnes and Noble addressed that very impediment straight off declaring you did not need any special reader to use their books (FREE eBook Reader available to download on site). By not tying into an expensive reader they open the audience to many more folks which is really wonderful in this economy.
I was surprised to learn that Barnes and Noble also housed the biggest collection of eBooks, and get this, many are for free. In fact there are around a whopping 750,000 titles in eBooks and about 1/2 million of them are free. Talk about making books accessible to everyone, right? It gets better that with most books you get a sample for free. Speaking about free, I know there seems to be a lot for free here, but once you purchase a book Barnes and Noble will store it for life. That makes me feel better as I move from platform to platform knowing I can just download it again.
On the topic of platforms they currently support the iPhone/iTouch, Blackberry and PC/Mac platforms and if you buy it for one platform you have free access of the eBook for all platforms. The downlaod for the reader is easy and painless. During the webinar we did learn that the membercard privileges do not extend to eBooks. Children books with illustrations are not yet featured and being a mama to 2 little girls this will be definitely something I will be keeping an eye out for.
Make sure you check out the eBooks section at Barnes And Noble and let me know what you think.