Rumor: Barnes and Noble Getting into eBook Reader Biz

Barnes and Noble Logo When Barnes and Noble purchased eBook retailer Fictionwise it sort of presaged this move. Now the rumors are running that Barnes and Noble is readying its own eBook reader to compete with Amazon and the Kindle. Chances are B&N will use some one else’s device and word is they’ve talked with all the major carriers and that Sprint may have the inside line.

If the eBook reader business continues to take off, it is beginning to look like like we’re going to have a period where devices are tied to sellers, formats, and DRM.. If this goes the way that history seems to indicate, somewhere down the line, we’ll standardize on formats that can be read on multiple devices.But then look how long it took to get rid of DRM on music players.

Via The Street.com

One Comment

  1. Ben

    04/09/2009 at 6:56 pm

    i hope they choose some standard format, like the Open eBook standard (EPUB). i wish amazon would use that instead of their own format. ugh.

    i don’t want to make the investment in an ebook collection at this point, because i have no confidence that i’ll always be able to read my books on any future device.

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