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July 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Look out, Amazon: Barnes & Noble launches Kindle throwdown

No wonder Amazon.com has been slow to respond to problems with cracking Kindles and abruptly deleted copies of electronic books:

The Kindle team’s probably been in full freakout mode, bracing for the all-out attack on the electronic book business that Barnes & Noble announced today.

BN said it’s partnering with Plastic Logic, the startup preparing to launch an 8.5 x 11-inch electronic reading device early next year.

But like Amazon, BN is doing more than a gadget. It’s rolling out a whole electronic book strategy, including a catalog with 700,000-plus $9.99 titles that it calls “the world’s largest selection of eBooks available in one place.”

Also announced was a new e-reader application, connection to Google’s open books collection and plans to bundle its reader with a handful of classics and reference books.

Among the sites covering the news, ZDnet reprinted a nifty Forrester chart showing the competitive landscape.

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