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Apple capitalizes on Amazon’s contract dispute with sale on Hachette pre-orders

Apple is currently featuring a limited-time sale on pre-orders for 26 upcoming e-books, including J.K. Rowling’s “The Silkworm” (her second book written under the pen name Robert Galbraith), four new books from James Patterson and Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking.” People can pick up those books through the iBookstore for $9.99 each, and get… Read More

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Trial details hardball tactics by Apple, Amazon and publishers in battle for control of e-books

Major publishers threatened to withhold new e-books from Amazon’s Kindle store if the Seattle company didn’t give them control over pricing, according to testimony from an Amazon executive, Russell Grandinetti, in the DOJ’s price-fixing trial against Apple. How did Amazon respond? “They yelled, screamed, and threatened,” said Penguin Group’s CEO David Shanks on the stand, counter to assertions… Read More

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Apple vs. Amazon: Plot thickens with reports of iBooks event

Amazon.com’s growing rivalry with Apple appears poised to take an interesting twist. Apple is planning a press event later this month in New York City, reports Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.com, quoting anonymous sources. Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch follows up with confirmation and an extra detail – reporting that Apple will be announcing improvements to its iBooks platform. Translation: Look… Read More