“There is tremendous market potential for electronic reading devices and we look forward to powering this revolutionary device with the nation’s fastest 3G network,” says Glenn Lurie, AT&T’s head of emerging devices.
Barnes & Noble Connection
The AT&T announcement comes just days after Plastic Logic revealed a partnership with Barnes & Noble for its e-book device. A new Barnes & Noble eBookstore will be integrated into the reader, serving as its exclusive storefront. The eBookstore officially launched on Monday and is already available for use by mobile phone- and computer-based customers.
Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore sells new releases and bestsellers for $9.99, matching the model used by Amazon’s Kindle store. As of its opening, the store offers 200,000 for-sale titles along with 500,000 free public domain books from Google. The company says its selection of books will exceed 1 million within the next year.
The Plastic Logic Reader
Plastic Logic has yet to release any pricing information about its e-reader. The device will be larger than most current models, though, with its size described as being comparable to an 8.5-by-11-inch notepad. As such, the Plastic Logic Reader is expected to be marketed more toward business professionals than toward casual novel readers.