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Huge rise in ebook sales offsets decline in printed titles

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Despite an increase in digital sales of 366% last year, printed books remain the choice for the majority of readers, figures showConsumer ebook sales in the UK increased by 366% last year helping to offset a decline in the market for printed books, according to new official figures.Drawing its data...
Huge rise in ebook sales offsets decline in printed titles
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Here's something new: Little, Brown UK launches digital-first imprint for literary fiction

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Several publishers have launched digital-first imprints for genre titles — science fiction/fantasy, romance and so on. In these instances, books are published first as ebooks and aren’t released in print unless they take off. Until now, though, we haven’t seen a major publisher launch an e-imprint focused on new literary...
Here's something new: Little, Brown UK launches digital-first imprint for literary fiction

Microsoft stops charging developers to patch their video games on Xbox Live Arcade

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Microsoft has confirmed that developers are no longer being charged to apply post-release patches to video games distributed through the Xbox Live Arcade digital marketplace. Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President for Xbox Live, confirmed to Polygon that Microsoft had ditched its fee policy for Xbox 360 Arcade titles in April 2013....
Microsoft stops charging developers to patch their video games on Xbox Live Arcade
Nook goes web (and here's how to read it on iOS)

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

Victoria Barnsley: 'We can't think of ourselves as book publishers any more'

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HaperCollins's chief executive is about to launch an e-atlas - and, she says, that's not the only way the world is changingAs the trays of cheese and wine begin to circulate for this autumn's book launch season, one of the UK's biggest publishing houses will be pinning its hopes not...
Victoria Barnsley: 'We can't think of ourselves as book publishers any more'

San Antonio launching 'bookless' BiblioTech library in fall, places its eggs in digital basket

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Hardbound books, apparently, are soooo 20th century -- at least for the upcoming BiblioTech library in San Antonio, Texas' south side. When the shiny, new public library opens its doors to bookworms this fall, visitors will notice something important missing: actual books. Instead, the facility will be serving up...
San Antonio launching 'bookless' BiblioTech library in fall, places its eggs in digital basket

Amazon's Kindle Plays A Part In Penguin's Library Decision

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Since Penguin announced yesterday that it is ending its partnership with OverDrive and will no longer provide e-books or digital audiobooks to libraries, it’s become clear that Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) played a part in the decision. Back in November when Penguin stopped offering new e-books to libraries, it also...
Amazon's Kindle Plays A Part In Penguin's Library Decision

Digital gaming soars nine percent, still knows nothing of rarity value

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It's already chewed up some big names on the retail scene, but the game-downloading trend shows no sign of being sated. Fresh figures from market research firm NPD show that American digital game sales (including rentals and DLC) amounted to $2.04 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, which...
Digital gaming soars nine percent, still knows nothing of rarity value

Atari files for bankruptcy, hopes to sell off Pong and other assets in order to survive

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Atari Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, looking to separate from its not-so-profitable French owners and pitch for independent funding. In the process, the elder statesman of gaming has secured $5.25 million of debtor-in-possession financing and will aim to sell assets, including its famous logo (which is already licensed...
Atari files for bankruptcy, hopes to sell off Pong and other assets in order to survive

Digital Newsstand PressReader gets a new iPad app, and rolls out instant translation in 12 languages

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The collation of news and other media content from multiple sources is perhaps one of the most notable changes ushered in by the digital age, whether it’s through apps such as News Republic, digital newsstands like Zinio, or simply Google News. Now, with millions of (new) iPad users tapping the...
Digital Newsstand PressReader gets a new iPad app, and rolls out instant translation in 12 languages

Nintendo's gunning for retailers, expanding eShop offerings for Wii U, 3DS

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Nintendo is going to sell its 3DS and Wii U games through the eShop as well as on the high street. Concerned about the money wasted in "inventory," the company will let consumers choose where they get their fix from. The first two games to get the treatment will...
Nintendo's gunning for retailers, expanding eShop offerings for Wii U, 3DS

Barnes & Noble to launch Nook e-reader in UK

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Publisher backed by Microsoft has Amazon's Kindle in its sights in first expansion outside USBarnes & Noble is to take on Amazon in the European digital book market by launching its Nook e-reader in the UK this autumn.The move marks Barnes & Noble's first expansion outside the United States, and...
Barnes & Noble to launch Nook e-reader in UK

Ebook bargains: is there a heavier price to pay?

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By allowing digital titles to be sold for 20p, publishers are complicit in eroding the value of their productSeeing the ebook of Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child was 20p on Amazon, I snapped it up. Who wouldn't? A 564-page slice of literary fiction by one of Britain's finest novelists, heralded...
Ebook bargains: is there a heavier price to pay?
Amazon ebook tax loophole being contested by European commission

Nintendo's digital game sales hit an all-time high

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Nintendo's hardware sales may be in a bit of a stupor, but its downloadable games are a different story. During today's financial results briefing, the company's president, Satoru Iwata, announced that digital sales for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in March, cruised past ¥16 billion (around $160.9 million),...
Nintendo's digital game sales hit an all-time high

EA's Digital Sales Can't Offset Falling Console Revenue

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Electronic Arts, a bellwether for how well the videogame market is doing, fell short of analyst expectations in the third quarter due to a drop in console game sales. “The quarter was tougher than we thought,” said EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen. “There was a big slowdown in the console business industrywide.” In addition to...
EA's Digital Sales Can't Offset Falling Console Revenue

Self-publishing platform XinXii enters Russian market

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Self-publishing and e-book distribution platform XinXii has officially launched in Russia, letting local indie authors publish and sell their digital titles in shops worldwide. After a two-month test-run in Russia, XinXii has officially opened its publishing platform for writers and readers at Xinxii.com/ru. The service offers authors to upload their books and...
Self-publishing platform XinXii enters Russian market

Penguin Children's Is Turning Plants vs. Zombies Into Books, E-Books

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Following last’s year expansion into merchandise including toys, underwear (!), and more, EA’s PopCap is now taking its popular “Plants vs. Zombies” title to the printed (and e-inked) page. Penguin Children’s has acquired the physical and e-book publishing rights to the game, in a three-year deal. The first books –...
Penguin Children's Is Turning Plants vs. Zombies Into Books, E-Books
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Sony Announces New PlayStation 4 Console (But Doesn't Show the Console)

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It’s finally here: The next-generation console. Except, well, you can’t see the console. As expected, Sony tonight announced the PlayStation 4, the newest videogame console from the Japanese electronics maker. However, no console was shown during the two-hour event. Sony instead appealed to its hard-core gaming audience with a string...
Sony Announces New PlayStation 4 Console (But Doesn't Show the Console)

Future predicts 'tablet Christmas' will boost e-editions sales

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Magazine publisher hopes for seasonal surge as digital sales of titles such as T3 break the £6m mark this yearMagazine publisher Future is banking on a huge sales surge of e-editions of its titles thanks to an expected "tablet Christmas", as digital sales of titles such as T3 and Metal...
Future predicts 'tablet Christmas' will boost e-editions sales

Activision Blizzard unveils a record $4.7bn in revenues

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Video game giant announces 7% rise in revenues as the Call of Duty franchise continues to sweep all before itVideo game giant Activision Blizzard unveiled a 7% increase in revenues to a record $4.76bn (£3bn) in 2011, up from 2010's $4.45bn thanks in part to the sales success of the...
Activision Blizzard unveils a record $4.7bn in revenues

Xbox One won't be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 discs or support transfers of XBLA titles

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Microsoft confirmed today that its new Xbox One console won’t support backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 or original Xbox titles. Digital titles purchased through Xbox Live Arcade will also be stuck on current hardware, although the user’s Gamerscore – the overarching metric for measuring in-game achievements – will cross over...
Xbox One won't be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 discs or support transfers of XBLA titles

Macmillan Settles E-Book Case

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Macmillan agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit over e-book pricing, which means book retailers will now be able to discount the digital titles of all major publishers in the U.S....
Macmillan Settles E-Book Case

DC Comics' digital titles are finally sold in your tablet bookstore

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On Wednesday, DC Comics announced digital versions of its monthly titles would be available in iPad, Kindle, and Nook formats. The releases will also be available from the three tablets' respective stores on the same day as print versions are released. While DC has offered same-day release of digital comics...
DC Comics' digital titles are finally sold in your tablet bookstore

Wii U: European launch date announced

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Gamers in the US and UK will see Nintendo's new console before their Japanese counterparts. Plus, a run down of the bundle packs and launch gamesNintendo's Wii U console will be launched across Europe on 30 November, the company announced on Thursday. North America will get the new machine first,...
Wii U: European launch date announced

Google records show book scanning was aimed at Amazon

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Google has so far spent more than $180 million on book scanning and, at the outset of the project, one of its stated goals was to keep web searchers away from Amazon. These are among the details set out in a new court filing by the Authors Guild, which is...
Google records show book scanning was aimed at Amazon

Pay us for library ebook loans, say authors

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Many writers rely on income from library loans, says the Society of Authors, in calling for digital books to be included in PLR schemeAuthors are calling on the government to remunerate them when their ebooks are lent from libraries, calling it "patently unjust" that digital titles are currently borrowed with...
Pay us for library ebook loans, say authors
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