During a round-table discussion Tim said “I do a have a concern that Amazon’s dominance is causing problems. We estimate Kindle has a 95% market share of e-book sales in the UK and this is having a damaging effect… Consider the struggles of Barnes & Noble and the Nook platform, the problems of the established Txtr in Germany, and the decision here of Tesco to pull out of Blinkbox Books.”
The era of 99p music and app downloads will be coming to an end in 2015. Voracious readers will be spending more money, on average, for their audiobooks, eBooks, newspapers and magazines.
The British Library has teamed up with BigStrawberry to produce a set of exclusive eReader and mini-iPad covers:
The British Library and bigstrawberry have now launched a new and exclusive range of eReader and mini iPad covers. Perfect for book lovers using a digital device to read, but seeking ways to still show their appreciation for the traditional.
The exciting range has been created by bigstrawberry using the inspirational and diverse collections of one of the world’s greatest research libraries, providing a unique and beautifully designed way for book lovers to protect their device and enhance their reading experience.
At launch the range will be available via bigstrawberry, the British Library shop and online store, and in selected retail partners.
Cut-price Nook model sold out in many places…
Last week, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its original Nook Model from £79 to £29 in a bid to win market share in the UK. The very low price point beats competitors at Amazon and Kobo by £20-30. At the same time, B&N partnered with the London Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign and donated 1,000 e-readers to the national literacy charity Beanstalk.
A Barnes & Noble spokesperson said: “Since B&N announced the reduced price of the Nook Simple Touch to support the Get London Reading literacy campaign, and make reading more affordable in the UK, there has been an unprecedented number of orders. Some retailers are temporarily out of stock due to high demand. For customers who want a Nook e-reader immediately, Nook Simple Touch is in stock at major retailers across the UK and the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight is available now as well at £69.00, reduced from £109.”
B&N launched its range of Nook e-readers in the UK last September through partner retailers, followed by an advertising campaign in the run-up to Christmas. Retailers which stock Nook products are Foyles, Blackwell’s, John Lewis, Argos, Sainsbury’s and Asda.