By Edward Nawotka
The big retailing news so far this month in the US has been the launch of Barnes & Noble’s ebook store, which will offer 700,000 titles for sale (a half million of those are public domain titles via Google). By comparison, Amazon offers approximately 300,000 titles, but does not break out public domain works. In conjunction with the announcement, B&N said it was producing its own dedicated e-reader to be manufactured by Plastic Logic, which is expected to hit stores in early 2010. B&N sold ebooks from 2001 to 2006 but abandoned it due to poor sales. Earlier this year, the company signaled a renewed interested in ebooks when it purchased e-book retailer Fictionwise for $15.7 million. The ars technica site has a good hands-on-overview of the store.
PW headlined a new report from the International Intellectual Property Association that tracked the value of intellectual property from 2003-2007. The report concluded that copyright-generating industries are among the fastest-growing industries, but also, due to globalization and digitization, among the most vulnerable.
In the UK the Bookseller highlighted that European Union regulators will meet on September 7 to discuss the $125m Google Book Settlement (as also mention in our German Buch News). Elsewhere they discussed English PEN’s effort to rally authors to fight a proposed law that “would allow UK courts to seize the assets of former criminals who have received payment for writing or speaking about their crimes.”