Last updated: July 21, 2009 - 8:53am
Four months after acquiring an e-book retailer, Barnes & Noble, the world's largest chain of bookstores, is starting its own mega e-bookstore on its Web site, BN.com. In an announcement on Monday, Barnes & Noble said that it would offer more than 700,000 books that could be read on a wide range of devices, including Apple's iPhone, the BlackBerry and various laptop or desktop computers. When Barnes & Noble acquired Fictionwise in March, that online retailer had about 60,000 books in its catalog. Barnes & Noble is promoting its e-bookstore as the world's largest, an implicit stab at Amazon DOT com, which offers about 330,000 for its Kindle device. Currently, Google's public domain books cannot be read on a Kindle.
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