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Borders prepares e-book store for 2010 debut

updated 11:30 pm EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Company teams with star-up Kobo

The bookstore chain Borders has confirmed plans to enter the realm of digital distribution, with an e-book store expected to debut in the second quarter of 2010. The upcoming portal will integrate with the company's current website,, and offer content for a wide range of devices such as standalone readers or smartphones.

Analysts have criticized Borders for arriving in the e-book market later than several of its direct rivals such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Borders has chosen a different approach than its competitors, however, as it will remain "device neutral" and sell content through third-party readers instead of developing its own platform.

The new store will be created through collaboration between Borders and Kobo, a spin-off from the Canadian bookstore company Indigo. Kobo specializes in e-book content, while its parent company runs book stores under the Indigo name as well as the Chapters brand.

Borders will sell Sony's e-book readers in its stores, while users will also be able to download the publications for smartphone platforms including the iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm, and Android. Borders CEO Ron Marshall says e-book portal is the "right move" for the company as the digital market continues to evolve.

by MacNN Staff



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    Sony Readers Already on Display

    As it happens, I was just in the Boarders on the DW in Nashua, NH yesterday. They has a little kiosk displaying two models of Sony readers.

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