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Apple may have to pay consumers up to $400 million as part of a settlement agreement it reached with New York Attorney Eric T. Schneiderman over the company's alleged involvement in a price fixing conspiracy. A federal court in New York found that the conspiracy led to artificially inflated prices for e-books sold to consumers in New York and throughout the country. "This settlement proves that even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world must play by the same rules as everyone else," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "In a major victory, our settlement has the potential to result in... Read more...
If you're of the opinion that electronic books (e-books) are poor substitutes for the feel and smell of a physical paper-bound novel, fear not, books made out of trees are still long for this world. However, if you're willing to trade those amenities for the luxuries of technology, such as being able to hold thousands of novels in the palm in the hand, the future looks bright. Head over to Texas and you'll spy a glimpse of the future, one that would have been a foreign concept a decade ago. Over in Bexar County is a place called BiblioTech, the nation's first and still the only bookless public... Read more...
Amazon on Tuesday launched its Kindle MatchBook service, which allows you to purchase -- or receive for free -- the Kindle edition of print books that you've previously purchased new from the online site. Perhaps you want to free up some space on your bookshelf and donate your dead tree copies, or maybe you're getting ready to go on vacation and don't want to clutter your suitcase with physical copies. Whatever your reason for wanting to archive your physical collection electronically, Amazon will happily oblige. There are over 70,000 books enrolled in Kindle MatchBook. Some are free to convert,... Read more...
A federal judge has ruled that Apple is guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise the prices of ebooks from late 2009 to early 2010, which is a violation of antitrust laws and lands Apple in hot water. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote wrote in her decision, "Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise ebook prices and equipped them with the means to do so. Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did." According to Reuters, Apple’s price-fixing conspiracy was pushing Amazon’s ebook prices from about $9.99 to between... Read more...
Libraries may feel like an item of a past era, and books themselves are already starting to feel a little antiquated. It's an Internet-driven world, and e-books are slowly but surely taking the place of many hardcovers. The education world has caught on in the past few years, and many students already have the option of getting their new books in digital format. Macmillan, a huge name in the publishing sector, has recently launched a pilot program that'll sell e-books to public libraries, perhaps breathing fresh life into buildings that have no doubt seen fewer feet walking through the doors. The... Read more...
If all goes as planned, Texas could be the home to the nation's first all digital library by the end of this summer. San Antonio's Bexar County will be the home of this book-less public library. The project, referred to as BiblioTech, was announced recently by the Bexar County Commissioners Court. Plans for the 4,989 square-foot BiblioTech project include an Internet café-style reading room, computers, take-home eReaders, study areas, meeting rooms, and an initial 10,000 eBooks. BiblioTech is expected to cost $1.5 million to start. BiblioTech will look like a modern library. The all digital... Read more...
You may not know it by listening to the evening news, but there's something of a silent war ongoing in the education sector. And perhaps not surprisingly, that war involves tablets. Apple held their own live event around 11 months ago just to show off their new iTunes U and iPad education initiatives, and Amazon started years ago by introducing the (now dead) Kindle DX. But in a world already dominated by Apple and Amazon, does a name like B&N even have a chance? Evidently they do. Pearson is a major name in publishing, and it just announced a proverbial vote of confidence for Barnes &... Read more...
Barnes & Noble posted a $2 million profit for its fiscal second quarter, and it's largely thanks to booming Nook sales, which contributed to consolidated revenues of $1.9 billion. Nook digital content sales jumped 38 percent for the quarter compared to last year, while the entire Nook segment -- readers, digital content, and accessories -- went up 6 percent to $160 million. Had it not been for the Nook, things would be looking decidedly different for B&N. The company's Retail segment, which consists of bookstores and BN.com businesses, decreased 3 percent year-over-year to $996 million... Read more...
Three major publishers announced today that they'd agreed to settle a price-fixing case brought by the Department of Justice rather than face trial. The original lawsuit brought against the publishing houses alleged that they illegally colluded with Apple to raise e-book prices by forcing Amazon to adopt the so-called "agency model" of book pricing rather than the traditional wholesale / retail model used for virtually all other goods. Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster have all agreed to suspend the agency model for two years as it's applied to new e-books and to compensate consumers... Read more...
Good news for magic-loving Muggles. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series -- all seven books -- are coming to Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) on June 19. If you own a Kindle, you'll be able to pick up your device and read through the more than half a dozen Harry Potter books at your leisure in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. This is a pretty remarkable offer when you consider that the the Harry Potter series is the all-time best-selling book series in history, and it's exclusive to Amazon. "We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore.... Read more...
Barnes & Noble announced a new E Ink Reader that's designed for people who like to read both day and night without disturbing those around them. Using new lighting technology, the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight makes it easy for someone to read in bed without needing to have a light nearby. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight combines the fastest E Ink display with an infrared touchscreen, anti-glare capabilities, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. This new NOOK is also the lightest NOOK yet and features a battery that can last for over one month on a... Read more...
We suppose it was only a matter of time, really, before Google took stock of its media, entertainment, and app stores and decided to roll them up into one unified product. Today, the company is unveiling the Google Play Store, which combines Google’s Android Market, Music, and eBookstore into one ball of wax. Simply put, Google Play gives you access to music, books, movies, and apps in one place. Even better, like other Google products such as Google Docs and Gmail, it’s designed to be available with a single sign-on across all your devices and the Web. Thus, you can acquire content... Read more...
Digital pirates in search of free reading material are turning to illicit download sites where they can obtain copyrighted eBooks free of charge. The obvious allure for eBook pirates is just like anything else -- free treasure -- but in addition to not having to fork over pieces of eight, pirates are attracted to getting their hands on copies of unreleased books. One of those books is "77 Shadow Street" by Dean Koontz, which is available to order in the U.S. but won't be released in the U.K. until January 19, 2012. According to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, up to 20 percent of all eBook downloads... Read more...
Amazon has announced that it will begin cracking down on authors who upload so-called "private label rights" e-books via the Kindle Direct Publishing service. According to an email sent to the authors of titles that were removed, Amazon is now filtering and deleting "undifferentiated or barely differentiated" e-books submitted for publishing on the Kindle store because they "diminish the experience for customers. It seems that the Kindle store has been filled with what are essentially duplicate e-books that were written and sold under "private label rights" (PLR). The text of the book is sold by... Read more...
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