All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘e-books’

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 EspaƱol”. 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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