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Android Market starts selling e-books; Nook for Android updated

A couple of pieces of Android and digital book-related news this morning. First, Google's Android Market has become a slightly more fearsome competitor for iTunes with the addition of e-book sales.

A couple of pieces of Android and digital book-related news this morning. First, Google's Android Market has become a slightly more fearsome competitor for iTunes with the addition of e-book sales.

Pricing is all over the board but still competitive with offerings from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple's iBookstore. The average price for a current New York Times bestseller ranges between $9.99 and $12.99.

The launch of Android's online bookstore has many pondering what could be offered next. Engadget has spotted that similar links for both music and movies are live, but rather just redirect to the Android Market home page. We'll all stay tuned on that front.

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble has updated its Nook for Android app for Android-based smartphones and 7-inch tablets. The big improvements include a new library grid view, a wish list feature and a download progress meter. That might not seem like much, but never fear as another update is expected in the spring, which will feature more enhanced graphics and optimization for 10-inch Honeycomb-based tablets.

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