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August 2010

Barnes and Noble: Book + eBook


When Amazon first started their big push into eBooks lots of people said, "That'll never take off unless Amazon bundles the electronic version with the physical book." Amazon never did that (to my knowledge) but they seem to be doing OK in the eBook biz.

Barnes and Noble, on the other hand, has been struggling a little in the eBook space. They have just launched Nook Study, which looks interesting, and then there is the picture above.

I happened to be in my local Barnes and Noble (the one across from Rittenhouse Square for those of you who know Philadelphia) when I came across this sign. Barnes and Noble is bundling free eBooks with certain physical copies!

It is a limited time offer, and all the books I would have been interested in I had already read, but it is a good use of BN's big advantage: their brick and mortar stores.

On the other hand, that visit did prompt me to buy three books: all on my Kindle.

Building a TypePad Blog People Want to Read: A giveaway!

image from blankbaby.typepad.comI've mentioned by new TypePad book on the blog before, but why not mention it again?

As you probably know, when you've authored a book your publisher gives you a bunch of copies of said book to do with as you will. I'm going to keep one for myself (since I still think it is cool to see my name printed on the cover of an actual book, despite my well documented love of all things Kindle). That still leaves me with a number of copies of Building a TypePad Blog People Want to Read. I owe a few copies to various folks in my life, but without this blog I would never have written the book so it only seems fair to give some copies away on the blog.

Taking a page from my lovely wife (check out her blog called Food in Jars) I've decided to give five (5) copies of my book away to five people that comment on this post. However, I'm going to randomly pick five commenters from this post.

You have until midnight of Wednesday, August 4th to leave a comment and enter to win a copy of my book. Just leave a comment and tell me why you should get one!

I'll mail you the book, and all I ask in return is that you review the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble after you've read it (your review should be honest, of course!).