A 4SquareMedia Website

> Wearable Technology
> Appliances
> Automation
> Automotive
> Buyers Guide
> CEDIA 2010
> Comment
> Content & Downloads
Music & Video
> Digital Photography
> Gaming
> Green Energy
> HD
> Home Cinema
> Home Office
> How Stuff Works
> Installation
> Portable Players
> Media Centres
> Phones
> Real Sound
> Reviews
> Smart Awards 2013
> Smart Ideas
> Trio Awards 08
> TVs & Large Display
> Wireless & Networking
> Featured Reviews
> Advertising
> Competitions
> Contact
> Disclaimer
> Signup
> Terms & Conditions
> Subscribe to Newsletter
> Subscribe to Magazine

Top 10 Viewed Articles
  1. Who Has The Best LCD TV: Sony, Toshiba Or Samsung?
  2. FIRST LCD TV REVIEW: LG Scarlet 60 Vs Samsung Series 6
  3. Sony PS4 Not Far Away
  4. The Humble PC Gets A Whopping Makeover
  5. Sony Bravia LCD TVs Vs Samsung LED HD TVs Which is Best?
  6. Toshiba Working With Microsoft On New Entertainment Xbox
  7. Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft
  8. Massive Failure Rate For Xbox 360 Exposed
  9. Free Sony PS3 Con
  10. How To Build Your Own Digital Media Server: Part I
Top 10 Viewed Reviews
  1. First Review: Samsung Series 7 LED TV
  2. Movies On-The-Go With Teac DVD Boombox
  3. Who Has The Best 32-inch Screen: Panasonic, Samsung, or Sony?
  4. Who Has The Best Home Theatre Kit? Denon vs Bose
  5. Every Bit Of Defence Counts
  6. New Denon Home Theatre Makes Bose Look Like Yesterdays Technology
  7. Best Media Player On The Market
  8. At $1,499 The Aldi Medion 17-inch Notebook Is A Steal
  9. Affordable Noise Cancelling Headphones That Work
  10. B&W 600 Speaker Delivers Real Sound


EXCLUSIVE:JB Hi Fi Moves Into The Digital Books Business Up Against Google & Amazon

By David Richards | Monday | 22/04/2013

JB Hi Fi has moved into the book business with the launch of a new online book portal that delivers books at the same price as Google and Amazon.

According to Scott Browning, Marketing Director of JB Hi Fi, the move into books was a "No brainer".

"Customers are buying devices such as tablets and smartphones along with PC's from us now we can deliver them book content in the same way that we are delivering music content for them." he said.

The new JB Hi-Fi NOW Books platform ranges the latest fiction and nonfiction books from a mix of local and International publishers.

According to Browning the company has been planning to move into books for several months but was held up because of recent court cases in the USA involving Apple and Amazon.

Click to enlarge
The new website https://books.jbhifi.com.au has over two hundred and fifty thousand ePub format eBooks with the retailer claiming that thousands more titles will be added to the website each week.

"Using the JB Hi-Fi NOW Books app which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices users will be able to get access to books that have only been available on overseas web sites via the new JB Hi Fi books site," said Browning.

He said that he was uncertain as to whether their existing Music Now customers were "book readers" but he did say that "it was a good database to start their book business with".

When asked about the threat to book retailers in Australia John Page, the General Manger of Pages and Pages, a Sydney based book retailer, who is also President of the Australian Booksellers Association, said "The more competition against Amazon, the better as it is the dominant force in the ebook industry".

But Mr. Page doesn't think JB will be successful in its ebook venture as "it lacks book knowledge" and information about customer tastes "...unless they hire some book people" he told CN. 

"As an electronics retailer, I can't see them having too much of an impact." 

"Amazon is the main player, and the rest of the market is still trying to catch up" 

Page believes the Now service needs more work behind it - reviews, ratings and in-depth knowledge about customers literary preferences. 

Pages and Pages store also sells ebooks and even ereaders, but electronic titles currently accounts for just 10% of all book sales in the market today. 

The book store's new digital stock is "going well but we'd like it to do better," Page said.

There are no official figures for ebook sales in Oz (Apple, Amazon and Co do not release figures) but PWC estimates the market was worth $18m in 2011, ($12m consumer
titles + $6m education), while the total book market was worth $1.8bn, so ebook value is still quite small.

However, 2012 saw a rapid increase in ebook market soaring to $36m in 2012, according to
PwC estimates, who is to release up to date figures later this year.


Print this article
Email this story to a friend
Link this story:
Link this page to delicious Link this page to Digg Link this page to Furlit Link this page to News Vine Link this page to Reddit Link this page to Spurl Link this page to Yahoo My Web RSS this section

New LG 65   New LG 65" Ultra High Definition TV, Complete With Pop Down Speakers: REVIEW
LG Australia has finally rolled out their 65" Ultra High Definition TV offering in Australia and what you get is a TV that delivers a quantum leap in TV technology and surprisingly a significantly improved sound system that is delivered from pop down speakers but the big question is whether it is worth $6,999.
Product Rating 4.5

Westfield To Split   Westfield To Split
Shopping giant to separate ANZ, international operation
Product Rating 0

REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones   REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones
If you are one of those people who love technology but struggle to manage the hundreds of apps and the endless capabilities that today's smartphones are capable of delivering then the new Samsung Note 3 is not for you.
Product Rating 5

Get the latest news
Subscribe today for your daily news of consumer electronic news...
Get the latest news

reaches over 2 million consumers a year. Contact us today about special deals..

For more information ...

Apr/May 2011 issue

reviews the hot new iPhone attach device, the Zeppelin Air. And we look at what's going on in the tablet space...