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Windows Phone Marketplace surpasses 100,000 app submissions

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Hitting the big six digits is no small feat for an app store, so it's definitely worth celebrating. Taking just over five months to double its numbers, the Windows Phone Marketplace has now seen 100,000 applications submitted since its humble beginnings, and now enjoys an average daily submission count...
Windows Phone Marketplace surpasses 100,000 app submissions

Hachette to raise ebook prices for libraries by 220%

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In March, Random House increased the wholesale prices of the ebooks it offers to libraries by as much as 300 percent. Now Hachette, which only offers backlist ebooks (no new books) to libraries, is increasing its prices as well. Hachette makes older ebooks available to libraries through digital distributor OverDrive. In...
Hachette to raise ebook prices for libraries by 220%

Everything you need to know about today’s e-book lawsuit in one post

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After weeks of buildup, the Department of Justice sued Apple and five book publishers today and accused them of conspiring to set e-book prices. This is a big story and publishers, consumers and retailers may see the ramifications of today’s lawsuit for months or even years to come. Here’s what...
Everything you need to know about today’s e-book lawsuit in one post

Government's data powers ineffective against terror, says watchdog

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Information commissioner says drat data communications bill will only catch 'the incompetent criminal and the accidental anarchist'Controversial new powers for the police and security services to access personal communications data will be ineffective against terrorism or serious organised crime, the official information watchdog has warned.Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, said...
Government's data powers ineffective against terror, says watchdog

Authors Guild: DOJ Investigation Is 'Grim,' 'Tragic' News For Book Lovers

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The Authors Guild weighs in on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and five of the big-six publishers for allegedly colluding on e-book pricing: “Our government may be on the verge of killing real competition in order to save the appearance of competition,”...
Authors Guild: DOJ Investigation Is 'Grim,' 'Tragic' News For Book Lovers

Macmillan will sell e-books to libraries in pilot program at $25 per title

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While the e-book market has certainly skyrocketed in recent years, it’s still not always easy to get digital books from your local library. Yet unlike physical books, which obviously degrade over time—digital books won’t. So publishers have figured out that they need to start selling a license to the...
Macmillan will sell e-books to libraries in pilot program at $25 per title

Penguin brings ebooks back to libraries with distributor 3M

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Big-six publisher Penguin is working with digital library distributor 3M Cloud Library to make ebooks available to libraries again — first through a pilot program with the New York City (NYPL) and Brooklyn Public Libraries (BPL), as previously announced, and then to 3M library clients nationwide by the end of...
Penguin brings ebooks back to libraries with distributor 3M

Publishers, We Need To Talk: Text From Dog Gets A Book Deal

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Look guys and gals in publishing, sit down. You can bring in your Coco Water. Totally. Yeah. We have some gluten-free sandwiches coming in and I promise this won’t effect summer hours. You can still not come in on Friday. Yeah, you can take off your loafers. Whatever. Ok. I...
Publishers, We Need To Talk: Text From Dog Gets A Book Deal

Media Decoder Blog: Netflix Reaches Deal to Show New Disney Films in 2016

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Walt Disney Studios said that it would show films from its Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm banners on Netflix, the first time that one of Hollywood's Big Six studios has chosen Web streaming over pay television....
Media Decoder Blog: Netflix Reaches Deal to Show New Disney Films in 2016

Why trailblazing Amazon should take on the publishing establishment

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Scaremongers who warn of of a potential Amazon monopoly conveniently forget that one already exists in shape of legacy publishersAs the author of nine novels (the most recent, The Detachment, published by Amazon) and four self-published works, I've long been curious about why so many people are frightened of a potential future...
Why trailblazing Amazon should take on the publishing establishment

A Modest (and Admittedly Ill-Thought Out) Proposal For Saving Traditional Book Publishing

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Let’s all agree: Publishing is screwed, and it’s Amazon’s fault. The book giant has hired a veteran commissioning editor to dole out shovel-fulls of cash to the world’s best selling authors. Even the “big six” publishers have no way to compete. Cash-cow authors are turning their backs on the traditional...
A Modest (and Admittedly Ill-Thought Out) Proposal For Saving Traditional Book Publishing

Random House Will Keep All Its E-Books In Libraries, With A Price Increase

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Random House is now the only big six publisher to allow unrestricted access to all of its e-books in libraries—and it said yesterday it will continue to do so, though it is raising prices. Random House met with the American Library Association in New York on Tuesday. “Our commitment...
Random House Will Keep All Its E-Books In Libraries, With A Price Increase

Author's Guild Boss On E-Book Price Fixing Allegations: But... But... Brick-And-Mortar!

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No sooner had the Department of Justice announced its plan to investigate Apple and five of the Big Six publishers for e-book price-fixing than a representative of those benefiting most from this (alleged) collusion boldly stepped into the fray. Scott Turow, bestselling author and president of the Author's Guild, has...
Author's Guild Boss On E-Book Price Fixing Allegations: But... But... Brick-And-Mortar!

E-Book Smackdown: Who Should Control Pricing—Publishers Or Amazon?

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A couple of years ago, with Amazon steadily pushing down the prices of e-books, the fortunes of the big book publishers were sinking fast. Then Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) came along and helped enable publishers to set their own prices for their e-books across platforms. That model, known as agency...
E-Book Smackdown: Who Should Control Pricing—Publishers Or Amazon?
Welcome To The Seedy Underbelly Of Publishing: Paid Chick-Lit Reviews Site Silences Author
Hey DOJ, where are the public comments on the ebook pricing case?

So Much For Protecting US Interests - Most Big 'IP Intensive' Firms Are Foreign-Owned

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These days, it's become quite common to talk about the importance of spreading copyright maximalism around the globe based on the US's interests. After all, the US seems to be the leading country in pushing for such maximalism, and people often talk about the big copyright players and their lobbyists,...
So Much For Protecting US Interests - Most Big 'IP Intensive' Firms Are Foreign-Owned

Hachette Hits Libraries With 220% Price Increase On Its Ebooks

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Publishers are at it again, levying what amount to economic sanctions against that infamous freeloader hangout, The Library. In a move that will endear it to exactly no one, Hachette is increasing its back catalog prices 220% for ebooks, sticking it to the cherished public institutions whose shelves (including the...
Hachette Hits Libraries With 220% Price Increase On Its Ebooks

Looking for the Book Industry’s Next Big Digital Thing at BEA Demo Day

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When we stopped by the publishing industry trade show Book Expo America midday on Wednesday, the “Digital Discovery Zone” was essentially deserted, except for the people attempting to sell enterprise software solutions from small booths. Amazon’s editorial arm had a serious footprint and all the galleys you could carry, but...
Looking for the Book Industry’s Next Big Digital Thing at BEA Demo Day

Did The Publisher's Own Insistence On DRM Inevitably Lead To The Antitrust Lawsuit Against Them?

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We've discussed in the past how it was the book publishers' own stupidity that put them in a position of demanding DRM from Amazon when Amazon wanted to launch the Kindle. The end result, of course, went exactly against the publishers' best interests, because it locked everyone in to Amazon...
Did The Publisher's Own Insistence On DRM Inevitably Lead To The Antitrust Lawsuit Against Them?
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Justice Dept Threatens Apple, Publishers With Price-Fixing Lawsuits: Report

“Why I break DRM on e-books”: A publishing exec speaks out

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Calls for big-six publishers to drop DRM have increased in recent weeks, coinciding with the DOJ price-fixing lawsuit. Many observers fear that the lawsuit will actually reduce competition in the e-book marketplace by cementing Amazon’s role as the dominant player — and they wonder whether DRM is simply another weapon in Amazon’s...
“Why I break DRM on e-books”: A publishing exec speaks out

Voldemort’s Got Nothing On Jeff Bezos

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E-books. Again. Amazon and the DOJ vs. Apple and “The Big Six.” The future of reading. A breathtakingly stupid David Carr piece in the New York Times, which thankfully someone else took down paragraph-by-paragraph, so I don’t have to. Elsewhere, an awesome quote which I want to cheer with the...
Voldemort’s Got Nothing On Jeff Bezos
Amazon, Big Six publishers face antitrust suit from indie bookstores over ebook DRM

hi5 Introduces Facebook API to Speed Up Facebook Application Ports

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San Francisco’s hi5, a social network that is increasingly focused on games, has announced a new set of Facebook compatible APIs which would allow very easy porting of an application developed for Facebook.  This is in addition to their current OpenSocial implementation, meaning that games developed for either API will...
hi5 Introduces Facebook API to Speed Up Facebook Application Ports

So, Did Tim Ferriss's BitTorrent Book Gamble Work?

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It's been five months since Timothy Ferriss launched his bold experiment in modern publishing. The best-selling author bypassed the "big six" publishers, signed with Amazon and, as if that weren't unconventional enough, partnered with BitTorrent to help promote his new book, The 4-Hour Chef.  The whole thing seemed almost designed...
So, Did Tim Ferriss's BitTorrent Book Gamble Work?

5 things the book industry will be talking about next week

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BookExpo America, the U.S. book industry’s largest trade event, hits NYC next week. Here are a few themes to look out for. Discoverability and the move to B2C Publishers are realizing that to compete with Amazon they have to be able to sell directly to consumers. One way they can...
5 things the book industry will be talking about next week
DOJ Announces Terms of Settlement With 3 Publishers in E-Book Suit

Hi5 to announce new online games management team, acquisition of virtual currency assets

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In its ambition to be a player in the red hot category of social network games, Hi5 is expected to announce today that it has acquired a social gaming platform company and a new team of executives with years of experience in online games The San Francisco social networking company...
Hi5 to announce new online games management team, acquisition of virtual currency assets
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