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U.S. bookseller Borders Group launches e-book store

07-08-2010 09:14 BJT

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. bookseller Borders Group launched its own electronic book (e-book) store Wednesday, becoming the latest player entering the increasingly crowded e- book market.

The company said its e-book store will offer more than 1.5 million titles, including thousands of free titles, which are available in a variety of formats including ePub, mobile and PDF.

Borders is the second largest bookstore chain by sales in the United States after Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble, online retailer and information technology giants such as Apple have been vying for shares in the still small but fast growing electronic reading market, introducing e-reading devices and expanding their digital content offerings.

Barnes & Noble's e-book store boasts more than one million titles, while Amazon said it now offers about 620,000 titles as well as over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright books.

Borders believed there are still opportunities for it to secure a position in the young e-book market.

"The race to emerge as a retail leader within the digital category is just starting," Mike Edwards, chief executive officer of Borders, said in a statement.

"During the past several months, we've been carefully crafting a digital strategy, one that has great content and a device- neutral philosophy backed by the Borders brand as its cornerstones, " Edwards noted.

"We believe we are very well positioned to come out strong and to ultimately claim about a 17 percent e-book market share by this time next year," he said.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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