All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘e-books’

Apple to Pay $450M in e-book Price Fixing Case

In 2013, a US Federal judge ruled that Apple conspired with major publishers to raise prices on e-books following the launch of the iBookstore. Now, a US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision. In a 2-to-1 ruling, the court concluded that Apple did, in fact, orchestrate a conspiracy to raise ebook prices. “We conclude that the district court …

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To Kill a Mockingbird Will Finally Be an E-Book

One of America’s most-beloved classic novels is finally hitting the digital world. Harper Lee has agreed to an e-book version of her well-known (and oft-assigned) Pulitzer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel, which was first published in July of 1960, will be released as an e-book and on digital audio this upcoming July, which will mark the work’s …

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Read an E-book a Month Early with Amazon’s New Kindle First Program

In its attempt to boost the brand value of the Kindle (and sweeten the Amazon Prime deal as well), Amazon has just announced a new initiative called Kindle First, which will give readers early access to a selection of e-books every month. The way it works is pretty simple. Every month, Amazon Publishing editors will choose a handful of books, …

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Apple Injunction Issued Over e-Book Price Fixing

Weeks of litigation ended this week when the Department of Justice issued Apple Inc. an injunction in the e-books antitrust case. The injunction will last for five-years, starting in early October. It is accompanied by an External Compliance Monitor; the candidate can be one suggested by Apple. The filing was released Friday, and DOJ achieved a lot of what it …

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Nook for Web Lets Your Browser Be Your E-Reader

Barnes & Noble has finally joined the web-based e-reader party by launching Nook for Web. Nook for Web gives anyone and everyone with a computer access to B&N’s e-book store, and allows them to read books from their browser – no device or extra downloads necessary. With Nook for Web, readers can sample books for free and purchase full copies …

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The Rising Popularity of E-Books [Infographic]

I am sure you already know that e-books and e-book readers are becoming more popular everyday. Whenever somebody mentions e-books it is almost completely natural to go into the debate over which one is better. Some folks are die-hard physical copy fans. Others see the value of having hundreds of book on-demand in a nice easy to transport device. The …

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Apple’s Agency Model Was Not Invented For E-Books

Recently we brought you news that the U.S. Justice Department had sued Apple and five major publishing houses. The suit alleges that ahead of the 2010 launch of the original iPad (and iBooks) Apple colluded with Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster to raise e-book prices by adopting a agency model for pricing. Before the iPad launched in …

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E-Book Subscriptions: More Publishers are Adding Titles to ebrary’s Academic Complete

Publishers that distribute e-books to libraries under subscription in addition to other models will receive the most value, according to ebrary which is owned by ProQuest. Wiley along with over 50 newly signed publishers such as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Leuven University Press, and University of Illinois Press will distribute e-books in Academic Complete as well as other …

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Apple Responds To DOJ Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Apple has finally released their own statement concerning the recent lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice. The lawsuit accuses Apple of colluding with five publishers to raise the price of e-books and stifle competition from Amazon. Late yesterday, Apple released a statement in which they denied the allegations and insisted that the deals they made actually preserved competition, rather …

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Amazon: DoJ Deal With Publishers “Big Win” For Kindle Owners

Following the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to file a lawsuit against Apple and five other book publishers for their collusion to inflate e-book prices, one company sitting on the sidelines is looking forward to reaping the benefits: Amazon. The Justice Department announced today in a statement that it had reached a settlement with three of the largest book publishers …

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Macmillan CEO John Sargent Responds To DOJ Lawsuit

A short while ago we brought you news that Apple and five publishers had been sued by the U.S. Department of Justice. The suit alleges that Apple colluded with Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster to raise e-book prices by instituting the agency model for e-book sales. While Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster have reportedly agreed to …

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Apple, Publishers Sued By Department Of Justice For E-Book Price Fixing

UPDATE: Bloomberg is now reporting that Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette have, in fact, agreed to settle out of court. There are no details of the settlement as yet. ORIGINAL STORY: Earlier this morning we brought you news that the U.S. Department of Justice might file suit against Apple and several book publishers for e-book price fixing. Now it …

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DOJ Could Sue Apple Over E-Book Pricing Today

The Department of Justice could be filing a lawsuit against Apple over allegations of e-book price fixing as early as today, according to a recent report. Settlements with several of the publishers that were also targeted in the investigation could come this week, as well. Citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Reuters reported last night that while some of …

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Amazon Introduces the Spanish Version of E-Books

Amazon.com announced a new spanish version of Kindle e-books today, obviously being called, “eBooks Kindle en Español”. In addition to offering of the most popular spanish selling title the service also offers special features designed just for spanish speaking US customers. Currently the service offers about 30,000 spanish language titles, but more are on the way. Russ Grandinetti, Vice President …

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Feeling Nostalgic For the Encyclopedia Britannica? [Video]

I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic these past few days, especially in light of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s recent decision to stop printing hard copies of their reference set. For years the Britannica was our “key to the information age,” whatever that means, and now that they’re gone, I don’t know how kids are going to get their reports done when …

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Encyclopedia Britannica to Stop Printing After 244 Years

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 depicts a future world in which books are no longer published, and where members of society instead receive their information in rooms with screens for walls, or falling asleep at night with little seashell radios in their ears. Sound familiar? It’s not bad foresight from an author who wrote almost 60 years ago. Oh, except for …

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Big Reversal On Erotica Policy By PayPal

Last month, PayPal notified a number of important e-book distributors and gave them a surprising mandate to remove certain erotica categories from their catalogs or else. The categories included any erotica that covered rape, incest and beastiality. The “or else” was the threat of being banned from using the largest process ordering company on the planet, PayPal. A pretty heavy …

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Amazon Moves Towards E-Book Non-Exclusivity

James Atlas will be selling a series of short (25,000-40,000 words long) biographies for Amazon called “Amazon Lives.” He will buy and edit at least 12 of them. Aside from the Kindle Store, these books will be sold through eTail “[…] in all formats.” In addition to working for Amazon, James manages Atlas & Co., an independent publishing company, but …

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Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Hits 100,000 Titles and Grows Royalties for Authors

One million Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) select books have been borrowed since the launch of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library program in November. The library now houses over 100,000 books, which is a huge increase considering the library started out with only 5,000 titles, and includes a third of the Top 20 Kindle Best Sellers like The Hunger Games Trilogy. …

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Apple Rejects eBook Because It Links To Amazon

Any good and successful company knows that it probably shouldn’t go out of its way to promote its competition. I mean, you don’t see Microsoft putting out ads that talk about how awesome Google Docs is. But in the realm of content, should stores limit the presence or even reject items that promote a competitor? Apparently, that’s what is happening …

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Paypal Puts Publishers’ Panties In A Wad

So what’s got e-book publisher for independent authors Smashwords and others who are concerned about censorship all worked up? Apparently, PayPal issued Smashwords an ultimatum regarding certain categories of erotica published through the site. Mark Coker, Smashwords founder reported the payment processor PayPal had told the publisher to remove books in certain categories (erotica) and threatened to stop doing business …

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Amazon Disputes Terms With Publisher

Amazon has removed any e-book offerings from Independent Publishers Group (IPG) until some new terms can be reached regarding compensation. Though print editions of the distributors books are still available, the new terms Amazon has proposed would significantly cut revenue on both print and electronic titles for IPG. Currently IPG is the second largest independent book distributor. Mark Suchomel, President …

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Digital Editions: Kate Upton, Zoomed

People, it’s that time of the year again. Winter might be bearing down for one last push, but you can use your tablet to warm things up. That’s because the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has dropped. And unlike your father’s SI Swimsuit Issue, you won’t have to flip through pages to see this year’s models. The SI Swimsuit Digital …

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Joe Lansdale On The E-Book Revolution And The Future Of Books [Exclusive Q&A]

Last week, we reported that author (and “Champion Mojo Storyteller”) Joe Lansdale was considering e-book as the exclusive format for his next “Hap and Leonard” book. He indicated as much in a Facebook update, but in a later update he said after talking with a publisher, there would be print editions after all. Since then, we conducted a Q&A with …

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E-Books Or Real Books: What Book Lovers Think

There is a lot of debate surrounding e-books in regard to if they will ever replace real books as the conventional way to digest writer’s works. One undeniable fact is that e-book readers are getting less expensive everyday and therefore becoming more popular. Certain publications are only being offered as e-books and with the increasing cost of physical resources like …

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Joe Lansdale Considering E-Book Only For New Novel [Updated]

Update: It looks like there has been a change of plans. Since this post was written, Lansdale has posted a couple more updates about his Hap and Leonard book plans, and it looks like print will be an option for readers. Joe LansdaleAbout the Hap and Leonard book I’m planning. It’ll be shorter than a usual book, but I’m going …

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Apple Sells 350,000 Textbooks In Three Days

Apple’s announcement on Thursday that they were entering into the textbook market was generally met with enthusiasm, despite controversy over the EULA for their new iBooks Author tool. The program promised to deliver textbooks as interactive ebooks for $14.99 or less. Now it looks like positive buzz isn’t the only reaction Apple has gotten to the announcement. According to Global …

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Each Kindle Fire Makes Amazon $136 In Its Lifetime

Amazon’s reasonably-priced entry into the tablet market, the Kindle Fire, had a hot start selling an estimated 2 million units in its first two weeks. It later topped Amazon’s own lists of the top-selling devices during the holiday season. But after is was revealed that since the Kindle Fire costs just a little over $200 to make and sells for …

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Steve Jobs Bio Is Amazon’s Overall Best-Seller of 2011

Amazon has just released their list of the top 10 best-selling books of 2011, and it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” is number one. It had previously been announced that the Steve Jobs biography was the top selling print book of 2011, but of course that list didn’t take into account Kindle …

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Apple, Publishers Target of EU Antitrust Investigation Over E-books

The European Commision announced today that it is launching an investigation into the sales of e-books in the European market. The targets of the investigation include Apple and five publishing houses: Hachette Livre of France, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster of the US, Penguin of the UK, and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck, the German company that owns Macmillan. The goal …

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