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Penguin Random House aims to attack digital, emerging ebooks markets

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A deal sealed over a weekend – Pearson and Bertelsmann are combining their consumer book publishers Penguin and Random House in a joint venture to save money that can be invested in the future of digital content. Key facts: The players Random House: world’s largest book publisher, around 10,000 books...
Penguin Random House aims to attack digital, emerging ebooks markets

Leebre: a Jamendo-inspired platform for free ebooks

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Commercial ebook publishing and distribution is a crowded space: Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes and Noble and others each have stores and devices for digital books, which have been seeing consistent growth. Ebooks are undoubtedly the future of long-from content. They’ve opened up a whole range of new publishing opportunities for...
Leebre: a Jamendo-inspired platform for free ebooks

Why Digital Texts Need A New Library Of Alexandria -- With Physical Books

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Amidst the growing enthusiasm for digital texts -- ebooks and scans of illustrated books -- it's easy to overlook some important drawbacks. First, that you don't really own ebooks, as various unhappy experiences with Amazon's Kindle have brought home. Secondly, that a scan of an illustrated book is only as...
Why Digital Texts Need A New Library Of Alexandria -- With Physical Books

Euro book chiefs emphasize the need for e-book VAT to be aligned with physical books

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We’ve previously written about how Amazon’s e-book tax loophole means lower prices in Europe, and how that could be bad for UK competition. Just to recap, Amazon’s decision to establish its European HQ in Luxembourg may prove to be fruitful for the e-commerce giant, as the country announced last year...
Euro book chiefs emphasize the need for e-book VAT to be aligned with physical books

Can publishing giant Wiley take on lynda.com and others with new digital learning site?

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If you want to learn how to create an infographic, build your own website, make heads or tails out of an Excel spreadsheet or accomplish any other software-related goal, you can head to lynda.com, Udemy, Codecademy or any of a growing list of online learning sites. But publishing giant Wiley...
Can publishing giant Wiley take on lynda.com and others with new digital learning site?

New Stats: 2011 Was Good For E-Books, Not So Good For Print

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The Association of American Publishers closes out calendar year 2011 today with a round of new stats on print and digital books. Publishers’ e-book revenues were up 117.3 percent in 2011, with hardcover, paperback and mass market sales declining sharply and affected in part by Borders’ closing. Here’s how...
New Stats: 2011 Was Good For E-Books, Not So Good For Print
School District Dumps $2 Million 'Online Textbook' Program After Discovering Some Students Can't Afford Broadband

Meet the 18 startups rocking Seedcamp Week

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This week is an important one for pan-European startup accelerator Seedcamp, as it’s holding its annual 4-day event that brings together all companies it has invested in throughout the year. The event will culminate in Demo Day, which is tomorrow, and will see Seedcamp showcase its portfolio startups to a...
Meet the 18 startups rocking Seedcamp Week

Graphicly pulls comic book apps to focus on self-publishing

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Digital comic-book publisher Graphicly has decided to focus on emerging self-publishing markets for all kinds of visually-oriented digital books, and has consequently pulled its comic-book storefront app for both iOS and Android, though it will still publish graphic novels and comics to the various digital bookstores, including iBooks, Nook, Kindle,...
Graphicly pulls comic book apps to focus on self-publishing

Digital books may not be for everyone. But for blind people, they're a true revolution | Peter White

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Historically, only a tiny proportion of published books have made it into braille. But now technology means no book is off limitsThe book, not just as a source of knowledge or entertainment, but as an intrinsically pleasing object, is a familiar theme. Indeed, it came up yet again in this...
Digital books may not be for everyone. But for blind people, they're a true revolution | Peter White
Kindle Fire update will amplify your desire to consume media

Jeff Bezos Reveals Amazon Makes No Dough On Its Hardware

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Jeff Bezos, in the U.K. to launch the Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon's Lending Library service, has told the BBC that his firm makes no money on its Kindles. "We make money from when people use our devices, not when people buy our devices," he told technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. "That...
Jeff Bezos Reveals Amazon Makes No Dough On Its Hardware

Could Amazon Interest You in a Used eBook?

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(Photo: flickr.com/justbecause) Oh boy, the big six are just going to love this: Geekwire reports that Amazon has secured a patent for a "secondary market for digital objects," meaning anything from ebooks to mp3s. That means Amazon has hammered out the basics of a system that would, according to the abstract from the...
Could Amazon Interest You in a Used eBook?

3 ways to deal with digital media when you die

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A U.K. paper created a fuss this week when it reported that Bruce Willis would sue Apple for the right to pass on his iTunes collection to his children when he dies. The story turned out to be baloney and was quickly debunked by Willis’ wife. But the tale still...
3 ways to deal with digital media when you die

Amazon's Goodreads Purchase Scuttled Apple Partnership

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Amazon.com’s announcement last month that it was purchasing book-recommendation site Goodreads did more than land the e-commerce giant a social-networking service. It also thwarted a possible partnership between the reading social network and Apple. Over the past year, Apple and Goodreads had begun discussing integrating Goodreads’ service, which allows users...
Amazon's Goodreads Purchase Scuttled Apple Partnership

Could the Kindle and iPad Kill Quality Content?

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Amazon delivered today a beta version of its free Kindle for BlackBerry e-book app, a quick download that provides access to more than 420,000 books. It marks just the latest example of how the publishing industry is facing seminal changes. Will the end result be the death of quality content? Amazon...
Could the Kindle and iPad Kill Quality Content?

Books As Social Objects

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Verlyn Klinkenborg makes some astute observations about his use of iPad and Kindle as a reader of books, in particular the role that books play in social intercourse and how this is diminished becuase of the restrictions that digital books tools place upon us: The entire impulse behind Amazon’s Kindle...
Books As Social Objects

Txtr Fights Amazon/Apple With iPhone/Android eBooks For The Rest Of Us

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While Apple, Amazon and competition authorities globally tussle over book pricing, a fleet-of foot startup is quietly building an alternative platform others would do well to check out. txtr is one of the largest independent eBook platforms in Europe. The Berlin based startup began back in 2008, deciding, as one...
Txtr Fights Amazon/Apple With iPhone/Android eBooks For The Rest Of Us

Japan confirms it will extend digital goods tax to Amazon.com and other overseas firms

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The Japanese government is ready to finally apply local consumption tax to Amazon.com and other overseas companies that sell ebooks and other digital content in the country, according to local media. The Japan Times reports that government officials have confirmed that the tax — which is to be doubled to 10...
Japan confirms it will extend digital goods tax to Amazon.com and other overseas firms

Media Decoder Blog: Judge Approves E-Book Pricing Settlement

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The settlement with three major publishers in an antitrust case brought by the government paves the way for a war over the cost of digital books....
Media Decoder Blog: Judge Approves E-Book Pricing Settlement

High-tech readers: Seattle libraries lead nation in e-book checkouts

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Seattle Central Library. Photo: Jeff Wilcox. About a month ago, we penned a post that showed how Seattle was slipping in the annual “most literate” cities list. Well, here’s proof that we’re not: Two Seattle-based libraries just finished in the top-five for the nation’s libraries that lend the most e-books. That’s according...
High-tech readers: Seattle libraries lead nation in e-book checkouts

Amazon, Publisher Settle Digital Books Dispute

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Amazon.com and the Independent Publishers Group resolved a dispute over the sale of digital books....
Amazon, Publisher Settle Digital Books Dispute

An e-book projector? Kindle vet sees big hardware changes, and lower prices

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A new book by Jason Merkoski, a former Amazon manager who was an early leader of the company’s Kindle team, tells the inside story of the company’s efforts to reinvent reading, and looks ahead to envision how the future of digital books could unfold. One of his predictions: the devices...
An e-book projector? Kindle vet sees big hardware changes, and lower prices

Livrada Bridges the Gap Between Physical Books and the Digital World

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There appear to be three sides to the ebook market. There are people who have wholeheartedly embraced the digitalization of our books and who don’t touch paper books for weeks at a time. Then, there are people who don’t want to read books digitally, and who are just fine...
Livrada Bridges the Gap Between Physical Books and the Digital World

Epic Games targets Seattle, Amazon boosts Bing, and more from the week in tech

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A roundup of items capturing our attention this weekend … Add Epic Games to the growing roster of tech companies opening offices in Seattle and competing for the region’s technical talent. The company behind the Gears of War franchise for Xbox 360 is creating a studio in the city that...
Epic Games targets Seattle, Amazon boosts Bing, and more from the week in tech
Inkling Habitat brings pro-level digital book creation to the cloud -- but will it dent Amazon?

Over 1 Million Digital Books Now Available Free to the Print-Disabled

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Over 1 Million Digital Books Now Available Free to the Print-Disabled

The innovation we need to see before eBooks can completely replace pBooks

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I haven’t bought a paper book since I bought my first iPad in 2010. Before that I bought between 20 and 40 books a year. I also own every Wired magazine, including issue 1.1, but I switched to the digital version as soon as it became available. You could argue...
The innovation we need to see before eBooks can completely replace pBooks
The Hobbit's Unexpected Journey Into Magical E-Books

Penguin plans new e-book lending distribution deals

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Penguin books is to start lending e-books again in the near future, if reports are to be confirmed. Working with distributor Baker and Taylor, the digital books will be available to borrow from Los Angeles and Cleveland-based libraries, though rule changes surrounding the new lending system compared to previous iterations...
Penguin plans new e-book lending distribution deals
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