Shop for eBooks at the Grocery Store, with new txtr/ReaderLink Partnership
In an attempt to compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Berlin-based ebook company txtr and U.S. print book distributor ReaderLink have partnered to sell ebooks through new outlets: grocery stores, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, drugstores and department stores.
The two companies also plan to design an e-reader or tablet that these stores can sell to their customers. ReaderLink already distributes print books to clients like Target, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Kohls, Stop & Shop and Walgreens, among several others. With the new partnership, those stores can sell ebooks through their websites.
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Note: As the article notes and something that we’ve pointed out on infoDOCKET in the past (see this post about txtr from October 2012), 3M has a financial interest in txtr. The company also develops the software for the 3M Cloud Library.
Given the txtr-3M relationship you have to wonder if sometime in the future 3M Cloud Library users will be able to learn about and access library ebooks via txtr products, apps, and services?
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