Barnes And Noble Launches Kindle Competition

Amazon's digital book reading device, Kindle, faces a formidable new rival. Barnes and Noble launched its own e-bookstore Monday. Barnes and Noble's e-books can be read on a number of devices, such as an iPhone or other mobile phones.

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POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: It is incorrect that Amazon e-books are only readable on the Kindle. Amazon e-books downloadable on the Kindle can also be downloaded and read on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch, using the Amazon Kindle for iPhone application.

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INSKEEP: Amazon's digital book-reading device, Kindle, faces a formidable new rival. Barnes and Noble yesterday launched its own e-bookstore. It claims to have many more titles available than Amazon - 700,000. Barnes and Noble is taking a different strategy. Rather than making its e-books readable only on one device, as Amazon does with the Kindle, Barnes & Noble is offering e-books that can be read on a number of existing devices. So long as you don't mind scrolling through an awful lot of text, you can use an iPhone or other mobile phones.

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Correction July 22, 2009

The audio report says Amazon's e-books are only readable on the Kindle. This is incorrect. Amazon e-books downloadable on the Kindle can also be downloaded and read on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch using the Amazon Kindle for iPhone application.

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