E-book payouts in the works: Apple, Amazon send notices

People who purchased certain e-books from Amazon, Apple and other digital retailers will receive payouts estimated to range from 30 cents to $1.32 per title under a proposed price-fixing settlement between three book publishers and U.S. states. The payouts will come from a $69 million fund established using settlement money from the publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins and… Read More


Amazon publishing unit to make e-books available via rival retailers

Amazon.com’s New York-based publishing business has entered into a deal with Ingram to distribute its e-book titles, opening up the possibility that competitors such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple could carry the works, paidContent reports. There’s no guarantee that any of those rivals will actually carry e-books published by Amazon, and paidContent’s Laura… Read More


E-books: Apple rails against DOJ and ‘monopolist’ Amazon

Apple isn’t merely contesting allegations that it conspired with major book publishers to fix prices in the e-book industry, it’s disputing them vehemently. That much is clear based on a new filing from the company laying out its defense in the case. “The Government sides with monopoly, rather than competition, in bringing this case,” Apple… Read More


Amazon Kindle library lending program launches in beta

Amazon.com is has begun publicly testing its new Kindle e-book lending program at two major library systems in its home region, the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System, in apparent preparation for a larger national rollout. The news was reported earlier by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, after Seattle-area library users noticed… Read More

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George R.R. Martin joins Amazon’s ‘Kindle Million Club’

After visiting Amazon.com in Seattle recently, legendary fantasy and science fiction writer George R.R. Martin observed that the company was “selling lots o’ books.” He wasn’t kidding. The author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, has become the latest person to sell more than 1 million Kindle books, marking his entry into the… Read More


Report: Amazon plans digital book subscription service

Amazon wants to bring the concept of digital subscriptions to electronic books — opening up a catalog of content to people who pay an annual fee, according to a Wall Street Journal report today, citing anonymous sources. Some sites are calling the idea “a Netflix for books,” but just to be clear, that’s a reference… Read More


New Kindle ‘@author’ feature lets readers ask writers questions from inside their books

Amazon.com today unveiled a new Kindle feature, @author, that will let readers ask questions of authors while reading their books. Confused about the motivations of a particular character? Curious about the author’s literary influences? Need to clarify a particular step in that how-to book? Now you can ask questions from within the e-book itself. As… Read More


Kindle Daily Deal: Amazon debuts e-book discounts

Amazon.com this morning debuted a new e-book discount program, Kindle Daily Deal, that will offer one Kindle book each day at a specially discounted price. Depending on the quality of the selected titles, this promises to be highly interesting for voracious readers or deal hounds, or people who are some combination of the two. The… Read More


Fish & chips with your Moby Dick? Microsoft seeks patent on ads inside e-books

A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application proposes to serve ads inside e-books, adjusting their relevance based on the contents of the digital tome, similar to the way search engines deliver ads next to query results. The application for “Providing Contextual Advertisements for Electronic Books” was originally submitted in January 2010 and made public earlier today…. Read More

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Google reveals first native eBooks device, promises more

Will this device give Amazon’s Kindle a run for its money? Probably not, at least not on its own, but it’s a notable step for Google’s digital books initiative, as the first dedicated device with the search company’s eBooks platform integrated into the experience out of the box. The price of the iRiver Story HD… Read More


Amazon introduces library lending for Kindle books

Amazon.com plans to launch a new service later this year in which Kindle users can borrow digital books from 11,000 U.S. libraries. Dubbed Kindle Library Lending, the service will be available for all Kindle devices and apps. Essentially, the service will allow users to check out a digital book from a local library. Of course,… Read More


Sales of ‘e-books’ soar, now the #1 format over paper

I confess, I’ve never read an “e-book.” But, it turns out, I very well be in a shrinking class. According to the Association of American Publishers, digital titles accounted for $90.3 million in sales during February. That was up 202 percent over February of last year. Furthermore, the report found that e-books now rank as… Read More


Did Amazon just kill Lendle?

Electronic book lending service Lendle may be entering its last chapter. Amazon.com today revoked API access to the company, essentially killing a service once described as the “easiest, fastest, fairest, and best way to lend and borrow Kindle books.” Lendle informed its customers earlier today in a Tweet which read: Amazon has revoked Lendle’s API… Read More