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Borders Opens eBook Store—BlackBerry and Android Apps Arrive as Reinforcements

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Buildings-based traditional retail chain Borders has launched its eBook Store today, selling titles powered by the popular Kobo eReader system. Borders says it wants to capture a rather arbitrary 17 percent of the eBook market by July 2011.

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With 1.5million eBooks available to buy now and "thousands" of free titles available in ePub, mobile and PDF formats, Borders is expecting this to help it sell more units of physical eReaders—and says sales of the Kobo eReader and Aluratek Libre through the chain have already "surpassed sales expectations."

If you're happier with an app, the free Android and BlackBerry eReaders have joined the iPad and iPhone versions and gone live today—get the list of supported phones over at Borders. You Android users will need 2.x or above for a start. [Borders]

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They really need to drop the Kobo down to $99. $150 seemed reasonable when it was announced, but the released of WiFi Nook at the same price makes the Kobo look like a rip off now.

You can also get a refurbed Kindle 2 for $140 from Amazon now too. The one I just bought came in full retail packaging and was in pristine condition. I'm not even sure it was previously owned, I think it was just some extra stock they had laying around of the model with US-only Sprint wireless they wanted to clear out of inventory.