Barnes & Noble’s E-Book Reader Gets Closer to Release

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Barnes & Noble appears poised to go up against Amazon.com in another product category. The two have competed in books for many years, and soon they will be offering competing e-book readers.

Amazon is on the second generation of the Kindle, a device with an E-Ink display that gives users wireless access to this company’s bookstore.

E-Book ReaderBarnes & Nobel doesn’t have an e-book reader out yet, but its device recently received FCC approval. That it needed approval from the FCC is a strong indication that B&N’s version will also allow users to wirelessly download books.

Virtually no details of this upcoming product were revealed by the FCC filing — as they are all concealed behind a confidentiality request. All that’s available is a simple outline drawing (at left).

Getting Ready
This isn’t Barnes & Noble’s first move in this market: this spring it acquired Fictionwise, a well-establish e-book retailer.

And today it announced that downloads for both the B&N Bookstore app and the B&N eReader app for the iPhone and iPod touch have hit the one million mark.

Amazon also offers a Kindle app for Apple’s smartphone and handheld.

A Growing Rivalry
Clearly, B&N is moving to head off any chance of Amazon coming to dominate the e-book market.

When its electronic reader will be released is not known, though a launch before the holiday shopping season seems likely.

The Dark Horse Candidate
A player who shouldn’t be ignored in this is Sony, who also makes a line of e-book readers with E-Ink screens.

One of these, the Sony Daily Edition Reader, allows users to wirelessly download books, newspapers, and magazines.

Sony also has a book store, the Sony eBook Store, and its readers are sold in Borders book stores.

Source: FCC

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