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B & N selects Zinio for book preview service

BY CSA STAFF

SAN FRANCISCO Barnes & Noble.com is partnering with digital publishing platform Zinio for the launch of its new “See Inside” digital book preview feature, the company announced Monday.

According to the companies, the See Inside service allows Barnes & Noble.com visitors to browse books as they would in the store and includes features such as dual page viewing, high quality page resolution and natural page-turning capabilities.

“Zinio is widely recognized as the pioneer of digital magazines and books and has been a great partner through this effort. We look forward to working with them to help us scale the ‘See Inside’ feature,” said Marie Toulantis, ceo of Barnes & Noble.com. “We selected Zinio’s technology because its flexibility allows us to preserve the look and experience of reading a book, while increasing customer interactivity.”

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CEA predicts 7% jump in holiday CE sales

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ARLINGTON, Va. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is forecasting a 7% increase in holiday sales of consumer electronics with laptop computers and video games leading the way.

The CEA projects $48.1 billion in consumer electronics sales for the 2007 holiday season. “Consumer electronics will be the shining star of holiday retail sales, accounting for 22% of all gifts given,” said CEA economist Shawn DuBravac.

A CEA survey shows the top 5 wish list items for CE gifts this year include laptop computers, video game systems, digital cameras, MP3 players and big screen TVS. The 7% jump in sales forecast for this year would be less than half the 15% increase from 2006.

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Fortunoff ties the knot with celebrity wedding planner

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. Fortunoff has hired a new bridal spokesperson to provide couples with bridal registry and event planning, the company said last month.

Mindy Weiss, dubbed the wedding planner to the stars, will use her expertise and provide customers with creative party planning ideas, interior decor tips and utilize her skills with in-store events, visual merchandise presentations and online interactions to make a client’s wedding as stress-free as possible.

Weiss made a guest appearance last month at the company’s White Plains and Westbury stores to provide her creative tips and knowledge of wedding trends for brides-to-be.

“Mindy will be an exciting new complement to Fortunoff’s 85 years experience… [as] one of the nation’s leading tabletop, housewares and jewelry merchants,” said Fortunoff ceo Arnie Orlick.

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