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.