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States reach $69 million settlement with three publishers in e-book price fixing case

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When the US Department of Justice sued Apple and five major book publishers over alleged e-book price rigging, it immediately became clear that a few of these companies would do just about anything to avoid trial. That same day, three of the publishers -- HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and...
States reach $69 million settlement with three publishers in e-book price fixing case

Wattpad Takes Quick $17.3M for Thriving E-Book Community

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Wattpad, a booming e-book community site, has raised $17.3 million led by Khosla Ventures, and including Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Union Square Ventures and Golden Venture Partners. Check out that growth chart on the right. The site now hosts five million stories, with 500,000 added per month. It has eight...
Wattpad Takes Quick $17.3M for Thriving E-Book Community
Amazon throws its e-book weight around. Again.

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

Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

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Entrepreneurs have often used technology to bring us services we didn't even know we needed. Who would have thought a billion people would be willing to share their lives on Facebook and hundreds of millions more would change the news industry by microblogging on Twitter? But oftentimes entrepreneurs get it...
Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

Open Air is Out to Remake Publishing, Now with Cash from SV Angel

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“They are slow, and we are fast. They have bloat and drag; we are lean and scrappy.” That’s how Jon Feldman, founder of Open Air Publishing, describes his startup’s relationship to traditional publishers. He believes his interactive e-books (available on iPad, and as of today, iPhone and iPod Touch) are...
Open Air is Out to Remake Publishing, Now with Cash from SV Angel

Apple faces e-book price-fixing lawsuit in Canada too

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The first domino fell last week in the U.S. when the DOJ sued Apple and its publishing partners claiming collusion over pricing of e-books. A class action lawsuit in Canada now claims the same. [Read more]...
Apple faces e-book price-fixing lawsuit in Canada too

Europe ends probe over e-books

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The European Commission ends a probe into price-fixing by major e-book publishers after they vowed to keep the market competitive....
Europe ends probe over e-books
Facebook Adds “Good Enough” File Sharing To All Groups. Dropbox Should Worry About Long-Term Growth

Harry Potter e-book loaners coming to your Kindle, if you're Primed

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Amazon will never run out of copies of Harry Potter e-books from its Lending Library. Thanks to a new agreement with Pottermore, on June 19th the entire seven-book collection will be among the 140,000 plus you can grab, provided, of course, that you're an Amazon Prime member. If you've...
Harry Potter e-book loaners coming to your Kindle, if you're Primed

'Harry Potter' E-Books Added to Amazon Library

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Amazon has licensed the right to lend digital versions of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series in the U.S., building up its e-book lending library despite the costs....
'Harry Potter' E-Books Added to Amazon Library

Apple at Disadvantage in E-Book Trial

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The U.S. Justice Department appears to have an early edge as Apple heads to court Monday to face civil accusations that it conspired with five publishers to drive up the price of e-books....
Apple at Disadvantage in E-Book Trial

How to make reading more like Angry Birds

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Book publishers should make reading books as addictive and habit-forming as playing Angry Birds, said Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” (also known as “that book about how Target knew a teenager was pregnant before her dad did”), at the Book Industry Study Group’s “Making Information Pay” conference...
How to make reading more like Angry Birds

Amazon patents resale marketplace for used e-books, songs and other digital goods

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Consumers may someday be able to buy and sell old e-books, apps and songs the same way campus bookstores sell used textbooks -- at least if an Amazon patent ever comes to life. The patent, which Amazon filed in 2009 and won on Jan. 29, imagines a digital resale marketplace...
Amazon patents resale marketplace for used e-books, songs and other digital goods

The DOJ’s half-baked explanation of Apple’s role in the e-book case (Analysis)

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The Justice Department is pouncing on statements by Apple like “aikido move” and “trounce Amazon” to prove its case that Apple was the hub of a illegal conspiracy to fix the price of e-books. While the statements sounds serious, the government’s overall explanation of Apple’s role in the conspiracy is...
The DOJ’s half-baked explanation of Apple’s role in the e-book case (Analysis)

DOJ’s ebook pricing case against Apple and 5 other publishers could start tomorrow

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Apple and publisher Macmillan are said to be preparing to be commenced their legal case with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) as soon as tomorrow, according to a Bloomberg report that cites sources “familiar with the matter”. The DoJ is suing Apple and five publishers for what colluding to...
DOJ’s ebook pricing case against Apple and 5 other publishers could start tomorrow

New details reveal Steve Jobs involved in e-book lawsuit

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Previously redacted content in lawsuit against Apple shows that Steve Jobs told a publishing exec to join Apple in creating "a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99." [Read more]...
New details reveal Steve Jobs involved in e-book lawsuit
Inkling Habitat brings pro-level digital book creation to the cloud -- but will it dent Amazon?

The Next Big Tech Battle Could Be Apple Versus Amazon (AAPL, AMZN)

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Bolstered by a huge victory in its patent-infringement case against Samsung, where could Apple turn next? To the north, in Seattle, there's a juicy target: Amazon.com. Amazon is widely expected to introduce new mobile devices next month--possibly a smartphone but almost certainly new Kindle tablets that compete with the iPad....
The Next Big Tech Battle Could Be Apple Versus Amazon (AAPL, AMZN)

It’s on — US sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices

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The Justice Department has at last filed an anti-trust complaint in New York against Apple and five publishers over an alleged price fixing conspiracy. The decision to sue comes after weeks of media leaks that suggested the government was trying to pressure the parties into a settlement. The issue turns...
It’s on — US sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices

Explainer: what the ebook settlement means for publishers, Apple and you

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The states unveiled a deal this week that, if approved, would see consumers collect a refund of 25 cents to $1.32 for each ebook they bought from big publishers. It’s splashy news but the reality is more complicated. Here’s an easy-to-read explanation of the latest twist in the fight over...
Explainer: what the ebook settlement means for publishers, Apple and you

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'May Testify' in E-Books Antitrust Lawsuit

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Apple CEO Tim Cook may testify in the e-books antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple and book publishers by the United States Department of Justice, reports Bloomberg. The lawsuit was originally filed in April of 2012, and has focused on the so-called 'agency model' for pricing ebooks that Apple attempted to...
Apple CEO Tim Cook 'May Testify' in E-Books Antitrust Lawsuit

College Students Rejoice! Amazon Now Rents Textbooks, Too (AMZN)

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Everything about college is expensive but when it comes to textbooks the costs are astronomical. Amazon has joined a growing list of online book sellers doing something about it. Amazon will now rent the textbooks and save students up to 70% over the cost of buying them. To rent, students...
College Students Rejoice! Amazon Now Rents Textbooks, Too (AMZN)

Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn't hurt business

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Early this week, Tor Books, a subsidiary of Tom Doherty Associates and the world's leading publisher of science fiction, gave an update on how its decision to do away with Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes has impacted the company. Long story short: it hasn't, really. Tor announced last April...
Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn't hurt business

U.S. Sues Publishers, Apple Over E-Book Prices

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The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Apple and five big publishers, alleging they conspired to increase prices for e-books. Three have agreed to settle....
U.S. Sues Publishers, Apple Over E-Book Prices

OUTFLANKED AND SLOW: How E-Ink Got Blindsided By The Tablet Era

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Amidst our growing love affair with the tablet, spare a thought for its increasingly shelfbound sibling: the e-reader. Take Taiwan's E Ink Holdings Inc, which makes most of the monochrome displays for devices such as Amazon.com Inc's Kindle and Barnes & Noble Inc's Nook. After five years...
OUTFLANKED AND SLOW: How E-Ink Got Blindsided By The Tablet Era
Five digital lessons from BookExpo America 2012

Ray Bradbury wasn’t a digital dinosaur; e-backlist coming

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Ray Bradbury was right about so many things and spellbinding about so many others that it almost hurts to write this: Ray Bradbury was wrong when it came to reading. But then I also get to tell you this: he changed his mind. HarperCollins is in the midst of preparing...
Ray Bradbury wasn’t a digital dinosaur; e-backlist coming

Samsung’s iTunes competitor: Not new, but improving

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Perhaps you’re read the news on Tuesday that Samsung has launched Music Hub on its new Galaxy S III in five countries. The service is touted as the “first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service” as it offers a 19 million track library from 7digital for purchases and unlimited streaming...
Samsung’s iTunes competitor: Not new, but improving

Amazon CFO Dodges Questions On Antitrust, Patents, Kindle Plans

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Amazon just wrapped up its earnings call for the first quarter fo the year, and the most common phrase may have been, “I probably can’t help you.” To be fair, earnings calls are always a dance, where analysts try to pry more financial details and future plans out of executives,...
Amazon CFO Dodges Questions On Antitrust, Patents, Kindle Plans
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