Thursday , August 16 2018

jbbooks

Well it looks as if the eBooks space has a new entrant — JB Hi-Fi appears to have launched a new eBook service called, simply, NOW Books.

Sporting an accompanying app that works on both iOS and Android, it looks like they’re at least opening up their wares to the widest possible segment of mobile device users. A quick glance through suggests the prices are not particularly remarkable — for example, Lancaster Men by Peter Rees is shown on the front page of NOW Books for a list price of $27.98 AUD. Kobo Books lists the same title at $18.39 (USD), but even factoring in currency conversion, Kobo comes out ahead.

Nonetheless, having a bit more of a local selection, and a local service, is something that’s usually beneficial. We haven’t heard anything official about the launch of NOW Books, but if we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Source: JB Hi-Fi NOW Books.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I’d like to see them do audio-books. That’s certainly my preference for reading.

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