John Lewis: B&N’s Redcross Knight or Don Quixote?
Barnes & Noble now has a UK bricks-and-mortar retail partner to sell its Nook devices: John Lewis, an electronics store with 37 locations and an e-commerce website.
One would think that Amazon’s partnership with Waterstones (296 locations) and Kobo’s partnership with WHSmith (611 locations) would trump B&N’s new deal. To make matters worse for B&N, John Lewis also sells both Kindle and Kobo devices.
For B&N to succeed internationally, it needs to find strong retail partners in many countries and get Nooks into people’s hands, according to Forrester book industry analyst James McQuivey. Perhaps John Lewis is just B&N’s first UK partner.
If that’s the case and there are more announcements to come, we give John Lewis a good shot at being B&N’s Redcross Knight, the British savior in Edmund Spenser’s classic allegory The Faerie Queen. If not, we doubt the retailer will be much more effective at helping B&N lead the pack in the UK than Don Quixote was at slaying giants.
More B&N: My Little Pony Makes Nook Exclusive Home (DBW)
Hasbro’s My Little Pony e-books, 11 in all, will be available only on Barnes & Noble’s Nook platform. As the distance in quality between devices themselves – Kindles, Nooks, etc. – shortens, the exclusive content available in each device’s ecosystem will become key differentiators for consumers.
One Reason Amazon Is Silent on the DOJ Lawsuit (Seeking Alpha)
Despite its central role in the Department of Justice’s e-book price-fixing lawsuit, Amazon itself has been relatively silent on the matter. Why? According to Seeking Alpha, the reason is that Amazon doesn’t want to go back to selling best-sellers at the $9.99 price point.
E-Book Growth in Brazil (Pub News Brazil)
The number of Brazilian e-book titles available in the country jumped 45% since February to 16,000. That’s not a lot, but things are starting to percolate there nonetheless. Some 30% of the Portuguese copies sold of Fifty Shades of Grey were digital.
Burning Books Is Bad (DBW)
One thing you can’t do with e-books? Burn ‘em. And that’s a good thing, because the practice of book burning is alive and well in the Western World, it seems.
KOLL Hits 100 Million Downloads (DBW)
At least one thing is clear in the ongoing saga around e-book lending: Consumers like borrowing e-books. At least Amazon Prime customers do, as is evidenced by their racking up 100 million borrows across the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library’s 180,000 titles.
Baker & Taylor Expands Digital Library Services (DBW)
The major physical and digital book distributor has added a service that it says makes it easier and faster for librarians to identify and purchase e-books.
What’s the Deal With E-Book Library Lending (NPR)
We were on the Diane Rehm show yesterday with the AAP, ALA and a very interesting and articulate librarian from Portland, Oreg. to talk about the state of e-book library lending. Predictions from the broadcast: In a few years, all the major publishers will be working with libraries on e-book lending. If you have a free hour today, it may be worth the listen.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Tech Announcements (Appazoogle)
Amazon, Apple, Samsung, oh my! Fall is the time the tech giants assemble crowds of journalists and bloggers to announce their latest gadgets. What can we expect to see unwrapped this holiday season? Here are some thoughts on the matter.
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