Barnes and Noble has just launched a new e-book promotional system called Nook First Look that offers readers a chance to buy e-books at a discount before they are released to the public. Every month the bookseller will release two or three different titles and offer varying degrees of savings.This month B&N is offering Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown via Nook First Look for $1.99, but the pre-order price at Amazon and other ebook stores is set at $4.99.
Barnes and Noble has also unveiled a new podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today’s most popular authors including Peter Gethers, John Grisham, Paula Hawkins, Imbolo Mbue, J. Courtney Sullivan, Colson Whitehead, and more. The Barnes & Noble Podcast goes behind the scenes with today’s most interesting writers, exploring what inspires them, their methods and what they were thinking when they wrote their books.
The B&N Podcast is available for listeners today on BN.com/podcast, the iTunes App Store, Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher and a few others. Barnes & Noble will be posting six to eight interviews each month, with many more huge names to come during the packed fall publishing season.
“Barnes & Noble is already a destination for customers to meet the authors they love and have conversations about their favorite books,” said Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer. “The B&N Podcast is a natural extension of those conversations, bringing the biggest names in literature directly to their audiences in a meaningful new way that only Barnes & Noble can deliver.”
What I dig about the podcasts is that you do not have to be a member or do business with Barnes and Noble. You can listen to them for free, which gives people a chance to listen to their favorite mainstream author discuss their train of thought while researching and writing a book and maybe some interesting tidbits.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.