Barnes & Noble today announced a new every device strategy where their just announced eBook store (and resulting eBooks) will be available on a wide variety of devices including smartphones like the iPhone and BlackBerry as well as the iPod Touch. Although I’m sure they’ll be capable of (eventually) reading eBooks from Barnes & Noble – isn’t it sad to see smartphone platforms like Windows Mobile, Palm Pre, Symbian and Android miss the cut for inclusion in these exciting press announcements?
Barnes & Noble promises over 700,000 titles will be available. A large number of them were acquired as part of their Fictionwise purchase earlier this year. The remainder have all been written by Santa’s Elves who are busy up in the North Pole off season transcribing eBook content. First-time users of the eReader will have the opportunity to download free eBooks, including titles such as Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Last of the Mohicans, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula. See site for further details.