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Harry Potter ebook sales top £1m in three days

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Magic continues for JK Rowling as digital sales in first week exceed expectationsOver £1m-worth of Harry Potter ebooks have been sold in just three days, according to the chief executive of JK Rowling's new digital venture Pottermore.Pottermore's director Charlie Redmayne told Radio Litopia's show "The Naked Book" that Harry Potter...
Harry Potter ebook sales top £1m in three days

After two days, Apple responds to DOJ: We didn’t collude

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Nearly two days after the DOJ filed suit against Apple and publishers for allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices, Apple has released a short statement denying the accusations and criticizing Amazon’s “monopolistic grip.” In a statement released last night, Apple says: The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply...
After two days, Apple responds to DOJ: We didn’t collude

eBooks: B&N eReader for iPad Coming Soon (Paul Hochman/nook and BN eReader Blog)

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Paul Hochman / nook and BN eReader Blog: eBooks: B&N eReader for iPad Coming Soon  —  We've been getting lots of questions from customers, so we wanted to confirm that we will soon be adding a new B&N eReader for iPad - continuing to fulfill our promise of providing...
eBooks: B&N eReader for iPad Coming Soon (Paul Hochman/nook and BN eReader Blog)

The Baby-Sitters Club is back in business - as ebooks

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Ann M Martin's bestselling series joins Christopher Pike and Sweet Valley High on the roster of kids' classics undergoing an e-revival. But will there be more to come?Following our look at Christopher Pike, and Sweet Valley High, here's another slice of nostalgia for any other children of the 80s out...
The Baby-Sitters Club is back in business - as ebooks
Apple and four publishers agree to terminate 'agency' sales model in Europe
June 2013 trial date set for U.S. Government versus Apple eBooks collusion case

Inkling squeezes interactive ebooks onto your iPhone

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After schooling the publishing industry on how interactive ebooks could be tackled on the iPad, Inkling is now focusing on the iPhone’s much smaller screen with its latest release. Inkling 3.0 brings the company’s extensive library of digital textbooks, cookbooks, and Frommer’s travel guides to the iPhone and iPod...
Inkling squeezes interactive ebooks onto your iPhone

Are books and the internet about to merge?

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The difference between ebooks and the internet, is minimal, and we should be glad the two are growing closer and closerIt's easy to forget that the world wide web as we know it today evolved from an early attempt to put books on the internet. When Tim Berners-Lee envisaged what...
Are books and the internet about to merge?

Yer A Wizard, Sony: PlayStation Introduces Wonderbook, The AR Ebook For Kids Complete With Harry Potter Content

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Although the vast majority of Sony gaming content is focused on adult/teen titles, a new title called Wonderbook is particularly interesting. Using an augmented-reality book, kids can turn pages and watch themselves and the book animated on the screen. They’re creating educational and gaming content, including unique science and history...
Yer A Wizard, Sony: PlayStation Introduces Wonderbook, The AR Ebook For Kids Complete With Harry Potter Content

States modify payouts and credits in ebook pricing settlement

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Many ebook buying consumers in 49 states will soon receive payments as a result of the states’ settlement with publishers HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster. The states have provided a few more details about how those payments will work and have changed some things slightly. In a document filed...
States modify payouts and credits in ebook pricing settlement

US Government Finally Realizes That Publishers & Apple Conspiring To Raise eBook Prices Is Price Fixing

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Almost exactly two years ago, when the big publishers, along with Apple, effectively forced Amazon to allow the publishers to jack up prices on ebooks, I noted that this looked like a classic case of price fixing. Apparently, the US government agrees -- and found enough evidence to go after...
US Government Finally Realizes That Publishers & Apple Conspiring To Raise eBook Prices Is Price Fixing
Apple and publishers settle with EU over eBook price fixing scandal
Paulo Coelho Ebook Sales Jump Way Up Thanks To $0.99 Sale

Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

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Amazon released its 2012 annual report (PDF) Friday, and as usual it is accompanied by a letter to shareholders (PDF) from CEO Jeff Bezos. The letter focuses on the things that Amazon does to “improve our services, adding benefits and features, before we have to.” A few tidbits: “Prime Instant Video...
Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

BajaLibros, a big Spanish-language ebookstore, comes to the US

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BajaLibros, an Argentinian digital book store that sells Spanish-language ebooks throughout Latin America, has launched in the United States. But there is already a lot of competition for the Spanish-language ebook market here. BajaLibros is owned by Grupo VI-DA, an Argentinian digital media group. The bookstore says it sells over...
BajaLibros, a big Spanish-language ebookstore, comes to the US

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?

File-Sharers Will Not Be Held Liable For Piracy, Russia Says

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Following ineffective anti-piracy campaigns and continued displays of resilience by file-sharing sites, the emphasis of copyright enforcement has switched towards ‘educating’ the end user in recent years. These so-called “strike” programs are continuing to spread and recently landed on U.S. shores. While they are supposedly educational in nature, there is...
File-Sharers Will Not Be Held Liable For Piracy, Russia Says
Amazon Whispercast for Kindle paves the way for the rise of digital textbooks

Apple Strikes Back at Government E-book Lawsuit

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The gist of the filing filing in the government's suit against Apple over ebooks is the same as Apple's previous comments on the case: the company denies that it conspired with book publishers to raise ebook prices in a bid to give Apple's new iPad a boost and to thwart...
Apple Strikes Back at Government E-book Lawsuit

European Union approves Random House-Penguin merger

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The European Union cleared the merger of publishers Random House and Penguin on Friday, saying it does not pose a risk to competition. The EU said the merger doesn’t threaten competition. In a press release, the European Commission said of its investigation: “The Commission assessed the impact of the transaction...
European Union approves Random House-Penguin merger

Live now: digital-telepathy's founder answers questions via video. Get involved!

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Got a question for Chuck? Use the chat feature above to get it answered live. Chuck is the founder of the user experience design company, digital-telepathy. He helps startups, web designers, entrepreneurs and large organizations improve the user experience of websites by making them easier to use. He has the...
Live now: digital-telepathy's founder answers questions via video. Get involved!

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

BII REPORT: How Amazon Is Trying To Create A Huge Mobile Business (AMZN)

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U.S. mobile commerce is exploding. Amazon, as a leading ecommerce site, is set to grab a big chunk of that. But when it comes to mobile, Amazon's ambitions are anything but limited to ecommerce.  Recent reports from BI Intelligence detail Amazon's mobile ambitions, analyzing everything from the potential impact of a...
BII REPORT: How Amazon Is Trying To Create A Huge Mobile Business (AMZN)
Kobo signs deal with independent bookstores to expand presence in US

Kobo says the $170 Aura HD e-reader now accounts for "up to 27%" of its device sales

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When Kobo launched its “luxury” e-reader, the $169.99 Aura HD, last month, I was skeptical that anybody would shell out for it when cheaper models are available. Early sales results, however, suggest that I was wrong: Kobo announced Tuesday, a day before BookExpo America begins in New York, that the...
Kobo says the $170 Aura HD e-reader now accounts for "up to 27%" of its device sales

European Commission reaches ebook deal with Apple and publishers

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The European Commission has officially reached a settlement with Apple and four publishers – Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan’s parent company, Holtzbrinck — on ebook pricing. The U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster and it was approved in September. Apple and Holtzbrinck...
European Commission reaches ebook deal with Apple and publishers

Following pilot, Hachette will make all of its ebooks available to libraries nationwide

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A year after it launched a pilot program making new ebooks available to some libraries, Big 6 publisher Hachette announced Wednesday that it will make its entire catalog of over 5,000 ebooks available to libraries nationwide as of May 8. New ebooks will be available to libraries at the same...
Following pilot, Hachette will make all of its ebooks available to libraries nationwide
Traditional Publisher Ebook Pricing Harming Authors' Careers
Penguin kills library ebook lending deal with OverDrive

States' ebook settlement: Preliminary approval, and a 2013 hearing

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Federal district judge Denise Cote has preliminarily approved (PDF) the states’ $69 million ebook pricing settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. The settlement covers all the states except Minnesota, and five territories including Washington, D.C. Consumers will be notified within 30 days if they are eligible for a...
States' ebook settlement: Preliminary approval, and a 2013 hearing
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