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A new lawsuit filed today by the law firm of Hagens, Berman, Sobol, and Shapiro alleges that a group of publishers including the Hatchette Book Group, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster collaborated with Apple over several years to break Amazon's e-book pricing structure. The allegations are interesting in that they suggest formal cooperation between the various publishers and Apple, rather than painting the events of several years ago as the free market's solution to Amazon's attempt to dominate the market. The Price of Digital Ink Amazon's initial policy in the wake of... Read more...
iRiver's Story HD e-reader isn't the newest e-reader on the block; it's been around, as they say. But starting on July 17, it will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com, and more importantly, it will become the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform, through which you can buy and read Google eBooks over Wi-Fi. It retails for just $139.99, which is a song compared to competing readers. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of Google eBooks for sale and more than 3 million for free. With the Story HD you can now browse, buy... Read more...
There's been quite a heavy flow of Kindle-related news this week, hitting just as rumors started flying that the company behind it may be interested in doing their own tablet, too. Amazon has just introduced a new Direct Publishing model that will allow authors and publishers to independently publish their books in the Amazon.de Kindle Store. What's odd is that this is starting in Germany, but maybe the company's using that nation as a launching pad, and maybe even a test bed. The split is easy to remember: authors will earn 70% royalty on sales to Kindle customers in Germany and Austria, which... Read more...
With the news that e-books are now the top format for reading as of February 2011, comes a problem for some. How do you get an autographed copy of an e-book? Some have resorted to having their Kindle or iPad case signed, but that's hardly ideal. A better solution is coming, however. It's called Autography, and it's a iOS app. Here's how it works, basically. A reader poses with an author for a photograph, which can be taken with an iPad 2's camera or an external digital camera. The image then appears on the author’s iPad or is otherwise transmitted to the iPad if using an external camera.... Read more...
Psst, you over there. Come closer. How would you like a brand new, never opened Kindle for $114? Yes, this is the third-generation Kindle, the letters are all in English, and no, it didn't fall off of a truck. What's that, you're still skeptical? Alright, there is a catch. In order to receive the $25 price break, you have to put up with special offers and ads, but hear Amazon out on this one. Amazon's new "Kindle with Special Offers" is the exactly the same as the regular third-generation eBook reader except that it comes with special offers and sponsored screensavers displayed on the Kindle screensaver... Read more...
There's a new growing menace in the world, something becoming known as ebook fraud. It comes in two forms, says security guru Bruce Schneier: books quickly created from automatically gathered content crawled from the Web, and books generated from stealing legit printed books, scanned and sold by someone that doesn't own the copyright. The issue is that sites like Amazon and Google Books allow third-parties to sell books with only a scanty background check and no copyright verification. Amazon includes its third-party books in its search results, and gives unwary Kindle users a sense of security... Read more...
If you ever doubted the importance of digital books, here's something that may change your mind. Amazon's "Singles" have launched today, and it's not a dating service. It's a new form of book, and it could spearhead an all new category of writing. Before the advent of digital reading, writers often had to choose between making their work short enough for a magazine article or long enough to deliver the "heft" required for book marketing and distribution. That's Amazon's words, but we agree. With the launch of Singles, this allows people with shorter texts, generally between 5000 and 30000 words,... Read more...
Google launched an online electronic bookstore in an effort to compete in the booming market that's been dominated by rival Amazon. According to Google, the Google eBookstore lets you browse and search through the largest eBook collection in the world. There are over three million titles available including some of the latest bestsellers such as James Patterson’s Cross Fire and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Popular books and classics are available as well. Like many of Google's other offerings, Google eBooks is designed to be open. As a result, many devices are compatible with Google... Read more...
A few weeks ago, Barnes & Noble introduced a new platform for getting content into eBook markets from people who do not have contacts at a publishing agency. Before the eBook revolution, it was practically impossible for authors to have their material published without knowing someone inside of the industry. Now, anyone can get noticed. And Borders is making that process even easier if you aren't into the PubIt! platform. The company has just launched their BookBrewer-powered service, titled "Borders - Get Published." It's a new co-branded publishing service empowers independent authors to... Read more...
Interested in writing a novel? A children's book? Something else? What was once a pipe dream for many is now a reality: the publishing tools you need to get your creations out to the world are here courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Rather than having to hunt down a publisher and hope they like your work enough to put their name on it, B&N is doing for writing what the App Store did for software. PubIt! is a newly launched service that essentially acts as an App Store, but for book. Independent writers can create work, submit it for free, and have B&N convert their titles to ePUB format and... Read more...
Kno announced a single screen version of its tablet textbook. Kno combines a touchscreen tablet with digital textbooks, course materials, web access, digital media, and note taking capabilities. With the single screen version, Kno is hoping to reach students that may not be interested in or able to purchase the dual screen model. The company plans to ship both the single and two-screen tablet textbooks by the end of this year. Kno Breaks New Ground with the World’s First Single Screen Tablet Textbook Kno Continues the Pace of Innovation in Integrated Learning with a Smaller Version of the... Read more...
Best Buy is expanding its in-store eReader selection by announcing the addition of the Amazon Kindle to the retailer's fall lineup. Not only will Best Buy carry the Kindle, but it will also make it easier for customers to compare today's most popular eReaders by placing them side-by-side in a new display in the store. Best Buy also carriers the Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook Reader as well as the Sony Reader Touch, Pocket and Daily Editions. The new Kindle features an electronic ink screen with 50 percent better contrast. It is capable of holding up to 3,500 books. The new Kindle with built-in Wi-Fi... Read more...
Sony revamped its line of Reader digital books and introduced the new Reader Pocket Edition, Reader Touch Edition and the wireless Reader Daily Edition. The new generation of Readers has been restyled and is now lighter and smaller in comparison to previous generations. All of the new Readers also have touch screens and E Ink Pearl electronic paper displays.  Other new features for the line include content zoom, adjustable contrast and brightness control, and automatic multiple page creation. Among the included dictionaries are the New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary of... Read more...
Another week, another e-reader. With Kindle sales higher than ever, and the NOOK platform expanding all over the place, it's a wonder there's any room for anyone else. But then again, the e-reader market is clearly booming, and if ever there were a time to try and knock the kings from their thrones, this would be in. As tablets and UMPCs attempt to gain traction in a market currently dominated by E Ink, The Sharper Image is attempting to play the old school card with their new Literati. The device has a rather unique form factor, relying on a prominent QWERTY keypad, a color LCD display and a curved... Read more...
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