WHSmith signs e-book partnership

WHSmith.co.uk is partnering with Microsoft to introduce e-books in

the Microsoft Reader format to UK consumers. The site will open an

online e-bookstore late in the summer.

Titles for sale will include popular books from Hodder Headline

publishing, whose authors include Stephen King and Rosamunde Pilcher,

and reference titles from Helicon.

Microsoft will deliver a WHSmith.co.uk version of Reader for free


'Microsoft wants to promote its Reader software through a credible

bookseller, and we're both looking to get in the market and learn

crucial lessons,' said Kate Kennedy, joint managing director of



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