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Blackwell launching e-book store, selling BeBook in stores

BeBookProductpaginaCrop3British academic book retailer Blackwell will begin selling the BeBook e-reader at retail next week, the reports. Blackwell offers more than 45,000 titles for the device, which features an E-Ink display and support for ePub, .mobi, PDF and other e-book formats, will sell for £199 ($327.00 at current exchange rates) through Blackwell’s e-book store. BeBook currently offers the e-reader directly through its site for $279.99, which is described as a “Temporary Price Reduction.”

BeBook is also available at retail Libris and Biz bookstores in the Netherlands.

BeBook had sold 30,000 units as of last September. Based on the increased volume of sales in readers and the new promotion by Blackwell, BeBook will likely finish 2009 with approximately 92,000 units sold, if my market estimates are correct.