But digital reading is gathering pace in the UK with ever more accessibility to the all-important e-reader. Of course if you don't have an e-reading device you can always download an 'app' from the e-retailer onto your PC or Mac. While debating with OH which to buy, I have already done this on my PC Desktop and Net book but reading in sunlight from these is not good.
This month Waterstones started selling the Kindle with Wi-Fi access to download e-book titles from the Kindle store.
Barnes & Noble, the large US bookseller who has brick and mortar stores as well as an online presence, started shipping its Nook devices to the UK this month.They have opened a dedicated e-store for the UK. As well as booksellers Blackwell's and Foyles, they have partnered with John Lewis, Argos, Currys-PC World, Sainsburys and Waitrose. The latest news is that they have partnered with Asda.
"Asda will feature the NOOK portfolio of products, including the award-winning NOOK Simple Touch™ and NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight™, which are available to pre-order online from today, and to experience first-hand in-store from late October. The NOOK Simple Touch is the easiest-to-use Reader with the world’s best, most paper-like reading screen, and the NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight adds an evenly distributed and adjustable light that is perfect for reading in the dark.
Both lightweight devices feature built-in access via Wi-Fi to Barnes & Noble’s digital catalogue of more than 2.5 million digital titles, including top-selling UK books, newspapers and magazines." (http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20121028005085/en)Read more at http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121028005084/en/Barnes-Noble-Partners-Asda-Offer-Award-Winning-NOOK%C2%AE
As most publishers have to upload to each e-retailer through, the e-stores will have a different mix of titles. You may find that a title available in Amazon's Kindle store is not available in Nook if the publisher hasn't uploaded to them as well.
Smashwords however, the US e-book distributor, are able to ship - subject to titles passing stringent vetting for quality - to a whole host of e-retailers for downloading to their dedicated e-readers.
This is the route publisher Christal have gone down for the E-Pub format. Working with Smashwords, all our titles are available either at the dedicated: Barnes & Noble UK Digital store for Nook, Apple iBookstore, Kobo WHSmith), Sony, Diesel, and Blio e-stores or direct from Smashwords in multiple formats.
News also came this week that Apple have expanded into 50 more stores worldwide.
In addition to Kindle and E-Pub formats, Christal Publishing provide e-books in *pdf format for Adobe Digital Editions. These also are available worldwide. Some e-retailers in the UK include: Welsh Books Council at their bookstore gwales.com, Tesco eBooks, Foyles, BooksonBoard.
N.B. I started by talking about good old, comforting print books. These also are available worldwide. The best of both worlds if you will forgive the pun.
Go forth and read! And enjoy!