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September 1999, Week 3


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Byrnes Weir <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 22:46:03 -0400
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This came in the electron stream today:

Book retailer Barnes & Noble said today that it has begun
selling NuvoMedia's hand-held electronic book in 31 of its
stores. The 22-ounce eBook sells for $329 and holds
4,000 pages of text and graphics, the equivalent of 10 or so
paperback novels. The device measures six inches by
seven inches.

The rollout in it's brick & mortar stores follows a successful
sales test on the website.

Several other e-books are available, including reading
devices from Everybook Inc., Glassbook, and Softbook
Press Inc. All of these products let readers download
literature from the web and read it in a portable device. I've
been following the development of these devices and I
think NuvoMedia's Rocket eBook is the coolest of the

The Rocket eBook gives readers access to electronic
magazines and newspapers, and allows them to jot down
notes, underline passages, and look up word definitions.
Barnes & Noble said there are more than 1,400 fiction and
nonfiction titles available for the eBook, including many of
the most recent bestsellers. Titles may be downloaded
from the site, and are priced from a
buck to $25. More than a thousand free titles are available
from NuvoMedia's online bookstore.

I know it is a bit off the topic but close enough to make you wonder.


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