palmOne Launches Online eBook Store
PowerByHand and palmOne today launched the palmOne eBook store, with content provided by PowerByHand's eReader.com, the world's largest and most popular electronic bookstore.
palmOne currently provides its customers with access to PowerByHand's award-winning eReader (formerly Palm Reader) in the box with most palmOne devices. Visitors to the new eBook store can choose from more than 13,000 popular eBook titles in more than 40 categories, including bestsellers and new releases, such as "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown, a publication of Doubleday and a division of Random House, "My Life" by Bill Clinton, published by the Knopf division of Random House, and Stephen King's "Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI," published by Simon & Schuster.
The popularity of eBooks is growing at a rapid pace. The Open eBook Forum (OeBF) recently reported that eBooks are the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry. The OeBF also reported that the number of eBooks sold increased by about 130,000 from the first quarter of 2003, from 288,440 to 421,955 eBooks sold, representing an increase of 46 percent.
"We are committed to providing our customers with a rich content selection for their palmOne devices, including access to the widest selection of eBooks available," said John Hartnett, palmOne's vice president of eCommerce, Sales Development and Accessories business. "PowerByHand's eReader.com is the leader in the eBook industry, and choosing their catalog for our store gives palmOne customers the ability to enhance their device experience and enjoy the mobility and flexibility that electronic reading provides."
"We are thrilled that palmOne, the world's premier manufacturer of Palm OS devices, has turned to us to provide its online eBook store," said Larry Wallace, vice president of business development, OS and Licensees at PowerByHand. "By working together, we can introduce palmOne customers to new possibilities for their devices through the rich experience of eReading."
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