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Readers E-Joice for E-Books

Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

Good news for those of you who are waiting/hoping for more E-book choices.

The WSJ reports Barnes & Noble is hoping to sell its own electronic reader as early as next month.

The paper reports, "The device is expected to feature a six-inch screen from digital-paper maker E-Ink Corp. with touch input and a virtual keyboard, like the one used on Apple Inc.'s iPhone." Gizmodo reports that the new e-reader is powered by Google's Android operating system and according to the Journal, "The Barnes & Noble device is expected to also use a wireless connection to download books from the online e-book store that the books retailer unveiled in July."

My colleague Julia Boorstin who covers the media for CNBC and writes the blog, Media Moneywrites in her post today, “Because of Barnes & Noble's market share, its focus on books and its physical stores, it's well positioned to market the device, perhaps better than Amazon , whose Kindle currently controls about 60 percent US market share or than Sony which has about 35 percent of the market.”

I’ve been a fan of my e-book now for years and I love all this new competition. But I’ve got bigger (and more selfish) hopes and dreams for the e-book phenomenon and industry. I want these e-books in my kids’ schools as soon as possible. I wince every morning when my 11-year old daughter - who weighs in at a whopping 52lbs soaking wet – struggles with her backpack, an onerous beast that weighs a staggering 26lbs!!!!

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