Amazon preps $9.99 e-book catalogue for Fall launch

Back in April we showed you the prototype of Amazon's Kindle e-book reader that apparently wowed audiences at the London Book Fair; now, thanks to some earnest sniffing by Publishers Lunch, metadata streams for Kindle-format e-books have been found in the systems that query Amazon's databases.

It's led them to suggest that the final production version of the e-book reader – the FCC prototype of which is shown here – will arrive come the Fall, together with a catalogue of books, newspapers and magazines in suitable electronic format.

Price-wise, it's predicted that Amazon is aiming at a general price point of $9.99 for a new book, well undercutting a traditional hardback and possibly establishing the de-facto figure as has similarly happened with online music stores.

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