Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It’s Official – New Sony Reader Released - eBookNewser

Sony releases a new Wi Fi Reader that pretty much matches the Kindle II, and at the same price. I would think they would need to beat Amazons price or bring smething new to the game, but for those who wish to thumb their nose at the Giant that is Amazon, it does have Public Library download support built in.

 

Also from from Mediabistro,CNET reports that Barnes & Noble reported an uptick in both sales and revenue. This is despite the fact that books sales at the physical stores were down during the reported quarter.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook revenue up 140 percent

The reason Barnes & Noble had positive numbers is because of its Nook ebook readers and ebook sales.

It’s Official – New Sony Reader Released

By Nate Hoffelder on August 31, 2011 3:51 PM

Sony has just confirmed that the new Sony Reader, which had leaked over the weekend, is indeed coming soon.

The PRS-T1 is based on the latest generation Pearl E-ink screen, and it has wifi, a microSD card slot, and 2GB Flash storage. It supports all the same great annotation features as earlier Sony Readers and it adds support for over the air downloads from public libraries in the USA and Canada.

The retail for the US will be $149, and it is due out in October 2011. The retail for Europe looks to be 165 euros.

Also, when the T1 ships in October it will come bundled with a coupon for a free copy of the first Harry Potter eBook. This isn’t quite the exclusive content that some had expected, but this detail had already been leaked some time back.

It’s Official – New Sony Reader Released - eBookNewser

Nook ColorNewspapers, magazines, radio, TV and the “record” (CD) business have all been dramatically affected by the digital revolution that took places in the past few decades. Physical book stores have been hit especially hard by the combination of online book sales as well as ebooks. While Borders Books announced its shutdown earlier this year, CNET reports that Barnes & Noble reported an uptick in both sales and revenue. This is despite the fact that books sales at the physical stores were down during the reported quarter.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook revenue up 140 percent

The reason Barnes & Noble had positive numbers is because of its Nook ebook readers and ebook sales. Barnes & Noble reportedly has about 25% of the eReader market with the rest belonging to Amazon. While overall sales were up only 2%, Nook hardware and digital content sales were up 140%. Nook operations accounted for nearly 20% of Barnes & Nobles total sales for the quarter that ended on July 30.

The real test of Barnes & Nobles digital turnaround will come after Amazon releases a rumored color display Android tablet.

Nook Color Boosted Barnes & Noble’s Sales & Revenues Into Positive Territory - SocialTimes.com

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