Barnes and Noble’s forthcoming rival to the Kindle will feature an E Ink screen as expected. But it will be monochrome only.
Intriguing detail: There’ll be “a multitouch display like an iPhone underneath.” What do you think of that, folks? Wish we had more details on the uses of the multitouch display. Perhaps even for some non-e-book apps? And in color? Yes, if you go by the photo to the left.
Just as B&N’s e-book software allows, the new hardware will let you read thousands of public domain books from Google.
I’m curious what’s ahead from B&N next spring. B&N denied that it would sell a color E Inker from Plastic Logic, but could something else be in store for us? I’m also curious about B&N’s possible use of the ePub format, with or without DRM. The company’s Fictionwise subsidiary is plans to unveil an ePub-capable version of eReader, although the format will come wrapped in proprietary DRM, at least when publishers insist on it.
Other links of interest today:
–Former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman’s new e-publisher has unveiled more details, according to the New York Times. Among the authors included: William Styron, Iris Murdoch, Joseph Heller and Pat Conroy. Hooray!
–The territorial rights controversy rages on. As reported in PW via booktrade.info, an Amazon spokesman “said the e-tailer has worked with publishers to build a database that knows the correct territory where each of the 200,000 English-language titles available for sale through the international Kindle can be sold.” Robert Gottlieb, however, a powerful literary, is still concerned.