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Microsoft Invests $300 Million in Nook to Take on Amazon and Apple in E-Book Market

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Microsoft and Barnes & Noble today announced the formation of a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focused around the existing Nook digital e-reader and e-book business, as well as Barnes & Noble's college business. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in the subsidiary, which is preliminarily being called Newco...
Microsoft Invests $300 Million in Nook to Take on Amazon and Apple in E-Book Market

Kindle Users To Get Refunds And Lower Prices on E-Books After Settlement

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Good news Kindle owners: If you’re the owner of an Amazon Kindle who’s bought e-books from certain publishers in the last few years, you’re getting a refund on past purchases and future purchases will be a little cheaper. But don’t too excited, unless you’ve been a really heavy buyer. In...
Kindle Users To Get Refunds And Lower Prices on E-Books After Settlement

Barnes & Noble To Slowly Ditch A Third Of Retail Stores

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B&N will cut up to a third of its bricks-and-mortar stores, slowly and carefully over 10 years. Bookseller Barnes and Nobel has said it expects to shut up to a third of its real-world stores. CEO Mitchell Klipper has confirmed the plans in an interview with the Wall Street...
Barnes & Noble To Slowly Ditch A Third Of Retail Stores

Amazon's E-Book Deals Were Just as Tough as Apple's

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When Apple negotiated its e-book contracts with the five publishers with which it would ultimately launch iBooks, the company demanded a Most Favored Nation provision that prohibited e-books from being sold at any other retailer for a lower price. That provision today is central to the U.S. Department of Justice’s...
Amazon's E-Book Deals Were Just as Tough as Apple's

Interpreting Apple’s script

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True, Apple will not able to grow over the next 15 years as much as it has grown over the last 15. But CEO Tim Cook has listed several reasons why the tech giant still has plenty of room left to run. Apple CEO Tim Cook FORTUNE — Apple doesn’t...
Interpreting Apple’s script
Founder's Fund Bets on Oyster, a Subscription-Based Book Business

THE MICROSOFT INVESTOR: The Critics Weigh In On The Barnes & Noble Deal (MSFT)

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The Microsoft Investor is a daily report from SAI. Sign up here to receive it by email. MSFT On The Rise With The Market  With Occupy Wall Street trying to take over the world, the market is rebounding as April ISM blows past expectations despite disappointing construction spending figures. Shares...
THE MICROSOFT INVESTOR: The Critics Weigh In On The Barnes & Noble Deal (MSFT)

Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

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All is not well in the e-book market. Amazon and Google have each scaled back some e-book programs in the past week because business was weaker than expected. Both e-book sellers are having trouble doing business with publishers. Amazon has pulled more than 4,000 books from its e-shelves after publishers...
Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business? http://bit.ly/cp5Cno Well worth reading, but misses a lot of nuance.

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Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business? http://bit.ly/cp5Cno Well worth reading, but misses a lot of nuance.
E-Publishing May Be Doing Everything Right, But We Can’t Ignore The Spectre Of Piracy

With Nook Deal, a Hint of Microsoft Hardware

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Microsoft rarely makes its own hardware, preferring instead to make the software that powers devices made by other companies. The company's decision to invest in the Nook e-book business of the struggling retailer Barnes & Noble offers some tantalizing clues that Microsoft may be rethinking its position on hardware, though....
With Nook Deal, a Hint of Microsoft Hardware

As Book Profits Get Squeezed, Random House Turns To Video Gaming

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Random House has set up a small unit to create books tied to new and existing video game titles in an attempt to compensate for the weakness in other parts of the book business, the WSJ reports. The publisher is already shopping around two original storylines, though the company...
As Book Profits Get Squeezed, Random House Turns To Video Gaming

Here's Why Apple Will Probably Win Its E-Book Lawsuit (AAPL, AMZN)

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Apple is likely to win the e-book lawsuit being brought against it by the Department of Justice, reports CNET after consulting various legal experts. One simple reason Apple has a good case against antitrust is that it is a tiny player in the e-book business. It has very little share...
Here's Why Apple Will Probably Win Its E-Book Lawsuit (AAPL, AMZN)

Jeff Bezos attended 60 investor meetings to raise $1m from 22 people, just to get Amazon started

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If you think startups have a tough time today, making ends meet and raising the necessary capital to take things to the next level, here’s an interesting little nugget courtesy of “Mr. Amazon” himself, Jeff Bezos. Speaking to US talk-show host Charlie Rose, Bezos delved deep into everything from the...
Jeff Bezos attended 60 investor meetings to raise $1m from 22 people, just to get Amazon started

Now Barnes & Noble Is Arguing That Expensive Books Are Good For Readers

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You practically need a study guide to understand why book retailer Barnes & Noble thinks more expensive books are in readers' interest. As everyone knows, Amazon has become a goliath in the book business, at one point grabbing a 90 percent market share for books sold online and effectively driving Borders out...
Now Barnes & Noble Is Arguing That Expensive Books Are Good For Readers

Dispersion and Entropy In Social Media

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On Monday, I trained it up to New Haven to meet a Yale professor named Dina Mayzlin and talk to her class. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Dina's class as it allowed me to work on some new material in a comfortable setting. But the talk Dina and I had...
Dispersion and Entropy In Social Media

Guy Kawasaki On Self-Publishing In The 21st Century [Video]

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Last week, Guy Kawasaki joined us ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Dan Lyons in San Francisco for the second ReadWrite Mix event, he shared the secrets of his new book: APE - Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. In the following clips, Guy discusses his unique writing process and how to leverage social media for promotion....
Guy Kawasaki On Self-Publishing In The 21st Century [Video]

DOJ takes aim at Apple and publishers over e-book price

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Perhaps this is a sign of just how badly Apple wants to compete with Amazon.com in the electronic book business. Or, maybe it shows just how fearful the big book publishers are of the Seattle online retailer. According to The Wall Street Journal, The Department of Justice is investigating Apple...
DOJ takes aim at Apple and publishers over e-book price

Rovio announces Angry Birds book app: Live from Frankfurt Book Fair

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Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company whose “Angry Birds” app has now been downloaded over 1 billion times, announced its first book app, an iOS cookbook app called “Bad Piggies’ Best Egg Recipes,” at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday afternoon. The print version of the book, which Rovio published last...
Rovio announces Angry Birds book app: Live from Frankfurt Book Fair

Ebook Prices Cleared to Take a Nose Dive After Judge Approves Settlement

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Now is the part where I throw my head back and laugh. (Photo: flickr.com/oreilly) Good news for cheapskates, bad news for traditional publishing: “Agency pricing,” which many in the book business had hoped would prove a defense against Amazon’s discounting every new book to $9.99, is pretty much finito as...
Ebook Prices Cleared to Take a Nose Dive After Judge Approves Settlement

Investment Costs Crimp Profit at Barnes & Noble

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Barnes & Noble profit fell 14% in the latest quarter as rising investment costs for its digital-book business offset rising sales at its physical stores. The retailer also cut prices again on its Nook e-reader....
Investment Costs Crimp Profit at Barnes & Noble

Amazon to Launch Thinner, Sharper Kindle to Compete with iPad

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Facing increasing pressure from Apple’s red-hot iPad, Amazon intends to fight back with a thinner, sharper and more responsive Kindle that will be introduced later this year.According to Bloomberg, Amazon will introduce a new version of its popular e-reader in August. It will boast a thinner build, sharper contrast,...
Amazon to Launch Thinner, Sharper Kindle to Compete with iPad

No, Virginia, e-books don’t publish themselves

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Ken Auletta addresses one of the popular myths of the Internet FORTUNE — Whenever I write about the e-book business — especially in the context of the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Apple (AAPL) and five book publishers — someone in the comment stream invariably suggests that e-books are vastly...
No, Virginia, e-books don’t publish themselves

Microsoft buying Nook? Reported $1B deal would escalate Amazon rivalry

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TechCrunch reports tonight that Microsoft is offering to pay $1 billion to buy the “digital assets” of Nook Media LLC, the Barnes & Noble subsidiary in which the Redmond company already has a 17 percent stake. The site says it has obtained internal documents detailing the potential acquisition. Nook Media...
Microsoft buying Nook? Reported $1B deal would escalate Amazon rivalry

End of the road? AA aims to navigate travel books to digital

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Is the travel book business running out of road? In the UK, Telegraph.co.uk reports “AA ceases to commission travel guide books” – but, as so often, the headline doesn’t quite match the story. That story is one in which the UK Automobile Association’s AA Publishing division (Britain’s largest travel publisher)...
End of the road? AA aims to navigate travel books to digital

Microsoft's $300 million gamble on B&N: Hey, why not?

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If it works out, this low-cost move by a company that trails in the e-book business could make Steve Ballmer look like a genius. [Read more]...
Microsoft's $300 million gamble on B&N: Hey, why not?

Don't read the last rites for hardbacks just yet

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Sales figures show that, though paperbacks are all but history, hardbacks look surprisingly healthyOn the readers' highway through the world of books, next to stunning vistas of the imagination, you also pass the burnt-out wrecks of shiny new predictions. For instance: no one but a blockhead publishes sci-fi. Novels are...
Don't read the last rites for hardbacks just yet

7 Rules For Doing Business When Competition Comes From Everywhere

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This Series On The Future Of The Workplace Is Brought To You By Cognizant. What industry do you work in? Are you sure? Thanks to the rapid pace of innovation lead by the tech industry, there are now so many creative ways to run a business that "the whole...
7 Rules For Doing Business When Competition Comes From Everywhere

Microsoft to invest $300M in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book platform

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Microsoft announced on Monday that it will take a $300 million stake in bookseller Barnes & Noble's digital Nook e-book business, potentially paving the way for a new spin-off company....
Microsoft to invest $300M in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book platform

China investigating Amazon's e-book business

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The General Administration of Press and Publication of China is looking into whether the U.S. company flouted local laws by piggybacking on the sales license of its Chinese partner, Chineseall.com....
China investigating Amazon's e-book business
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