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E-book Readers May Read More, Pay Less

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Apple and five of the biggest U.S. publishers are accused of colluding to raise the price of electronic books for e-readers including iPad, Kindle and Nook.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department has warned it plans to sue Apple, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan and HarperCollins. But people familiar with the matter told the paper a settlement may be in the works for some of the publishers, which could lead to cheaper e-books.

Though the devices cost hundreds of dollars, many e-books are cheaper than the traditional paper versions.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, published by Scholastic, is $5.51 for the Kindle and $5.51 for a paperback version on Amazon.  The book is $8.49 on the Nook.

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis, published by W. W. Norton & Company, is $8.29 on the Kindle, $9.72 in paperback through Amazon with a list price of $15.95. Barnes and Noble’s Nook version is $8.29.

But not all e-books are a big savings over the dead tree version. Ken Follett’s 865-page Fall of Giants is $18.99 on Amazon for the Kindle yet the hardcover version is $20.63.  Lone Wolf: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult is $14.99 on Kindle but $15.99 in hardcover.

The iPad 2 retails for $399 while the new iPad announced this week starts at $499. Amazon’s Kindle starts at $79 while the Nook retails for $99.

About 28 percent of U.S. adults, or three in ten, use an electronic reader device, according to a survey by Harris Interactive released this week. That’s almost double the 15 percent who said they used the device last summer. In the most recent survey, 72 percent said they do not use a device, down from the 85 percent who did not last summer.

Almost three-quarters of e-reader users are reading six or more books in an average year. Among those who are currently using an e-reader, 29 percent say they typically read more than 20 books in an average year, while 21 percent  say they read between 11 and 20 books and 24 read between 6 and 10 books.

Three in five non e-reader users are reading five or fewer books on average in a year. Among those who do not use that device, 18 percent typically reads no books in an average year, 19 percent typically read between one and two books and 21 percent typically reads between three and five books.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Barnes and Noble Introduces Nook Tablet E-Reader

Barnes & Noble(NEW YORK) -- Want a tablet computer? Confused by the wide array of products available this holiday season? Barnes & Noble just added another one to the mix. Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch introduced the 7-inch Nook Tablet on Monday, boasting seven times the storage capacity of Amazon's newly announced Kindle Fire tablet.

The Nook Tablet ($249) looks on the outside just like the Nook Color e-reader, but on the inside it has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with an SD card slot which can add up to an additional 32GB. That's twice the RAM and twice the storage capability of the rival Kindle Fire, which goes on sale Nov. 15.

Barnes & Noble is also tightly integrating its content partners into the Nook Tablet, preloading apps for simple use.

"We've seamlessly integrated today's top entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora in a product that's powerful, easy to use, under a pound, and a tremendous value," said Lynch. He said there will be thousands of apps available by the holidays, including the ever-popular Angry Birds. Battery life will be enough to let you read a book for 11 ½ hours or spend nine hours watching movies.

The Nook Tablet is available for pre-order Monday, and is expected to reach consumers by Nov. 17, right around the time the Fire ($199) will be available.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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