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Sony to close North American ebook store, punt customers to Kobo

Struggling Sony has announced that it is quitting the ebook-selling business in the US and Canada and will instead rely on Kobo to supply content for its ereader devices in North America from now on. "Sony's Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late March," …

Plaintiffs: 'Hey judge! Soak Apple for $840m in ebook price-fixing suit'

Apple may be on the hook for as much as $840m after having been found guilty of ebook price-fixing. The state attorneys general who joined the price-fixing suit along with the US Department of Justice have told the court that not only should Apple be liable for $280m in damages, but that antitrust law says the amount should be …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Feb 2014
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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

Apple has lost its bid to get rid of the antitrust monitor installed by the court after it was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook prices. The fruity firm has complained about the chosen monitor, Michael Bromwich, more or less since he started, claiming that his fees are too high and that he's trying to do far more …
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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

The fortunes of Barnes & Noble's Nook division have gone from bad to worse, with the ebook group reporting plummeting revenues over the holiday period. The bookseller said on Thursday that the Nook unit's sales for the nine weeks ending December 28 were down 60.5 per cent from the same period a year ago. Newly minted Barnes …
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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

Apple has filed a court motion complaining that Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed antitrust regulator overseeing the fruity firm in the wake of its ebook price-fixing shenanigans, is too charging too much for his services. "Mr Bromwich appears to be simply taking advantage of the fact that there is no competition here or, …
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2013

Apple spanked by judge in price-fixing injunction – but not too hard

The federal judge overseeing the ebook price-fixing case between Apple and the US Department of Justice has issued her remedy, and although it slaps Cook & Co. upside the head, the DoJ didn't get all it wanted. After winning the case in Judge Denise Cote's court this July, the DoJ proposed a sweeping set of suggested remedies …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Sep 2013

Kindle Matchbook offers cheap digital copies of Amazon print purchases

Amazon on Tuesday announced a new program that offers customers discounted digital copies of select print books purchased through its website. Called Kindle Matchbook – in a continuation of Amazon's eerily Fahrenheit 451–esque branding for its ebook line – the program will allow customers to purchase ebook versions of their …
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Publishers stand behind Apple in ebook price-fixing fight

The five publishers involved in the Apple ebook lawsuit-o-rama have filed a formal objection to the remedies proposed by the US Department of Justice after Cupertino lost its court battle concerning alleged price fixing. "Despite achieving their stated goal of returning price competition, plaintiffs now seek to improperly …
Rik Myslewski, 8 Aug 2013

The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

Updated The US Department of Justice, fresh from its ebook price-fixing victory over Apple, has proposed a sweeping array of restrictions on Cupertino's content-peddling iTunes Store, along with the appointment of a watchdog to keep an eye on Apple's compliance. "Under the department's proposed order, Apple's illegal conduct will …
Rik Myslewski, 2 Aug 2013
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1-in-10 e-tomes 'are self-published'... most are 'rubbish' says book ed

Self-published ebooks now account for 12 per cent of the entire digital book market, according to new research, and also have up to a fifth of the genre fiction market. A full 20 per cent of crime, romance, sci-fi, fantasy and humour ebooks sold are self-published, although authors who go it alone in graphic novels, food and …
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Apple: ebook price fixing? Nooo, nothing to do with us, no siree

Apple has told a US court it certainly wasn't involved in any conspiracy to rig the prices of ebooks. The fruity firm said that it was neither involved in nor knew of any meetings or conversations between the publishing houses that "allegedly formed the basis of the purported conspiracy". "Apple did not conspire to fix e-book …
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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “My only real prediction is that it’s all changing.” Well, ask a stupid question - in this case, about the future of book publishing. The lobotomy-inducingly obvious answer was provided by author Neil Gaiman. If I’d written this prediction here on El Reg, I would have been derided as a time-waster specialising in stating the …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Apr 2013
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Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks

Sales of standalone e-readers might be declining, but ebooks make up a growing portion of sales for US book publishers, according to the latest stats from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), a trade association. The AAP's annual "StatShot" report for 2012, released on Thursday, shows ebook sales accounting for 22.55 …
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2013
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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

The UK government will consider paying writers each time their ebooks and audio books are borrowed from public libraries - just like scribes are recompensed when their dead-tree tomes are loaned. Culture minister Ed Vaizey announced a decision will be made after a formal review concluded libraries must stock digital titles or …
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Council offers free iPads

A Sydney library is claiming a world first: it's going to add Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy tablets to its lending shelves. Perhaps regrettably, the chance to borrow a tablet will only be available to residents of the City of Canterbury – a local government area to the south-west of Sydney's central business district – at …

Stats-crunchers toss ebooks into Blighty's 2013 inflation basket

The Office for National Statistics has added ebooks to the basket of goods and services used to calculate Britian's rate of inflation, while Freeview boxes have been tipped out. The ONS said that ebooks were needed in the shopping basket that represents the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and Retail Prices Index (RPI) in the UK, …
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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

Adding another weapon to the Cupertian arsenal being wielded in the ongoing patent wars, the US Patent and Trademark office has granted Apple a new design patent, D670,713, entitled "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface". The patent is one the briefest we've seen in our coverage of the …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2012
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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

Photos A Danish author's ebooks documenting freewheeling hippie nudity have been rejected from Apple's iBookstore in that country, even after the author and publisher covered up the offending naughty bits – with images of ripe red apples. "Apple founder, Steve Jobs, marketed himself as a child of the hippie movement," author Peter …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Nov 2012

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