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  • February 21, 2013
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A new deal with HarperCollins includes works currently out of print, but the science-fiction author was dismissive of ebooks The ebooks of the late Ray Bradbury, who once memorably dismissed digital books as smelling “like burned fuel”, are finally coming to the UK. Following lengthy negotiations, the author’s publisher HarperCollins has announced that three of…

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  • February 9, 2013
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Fifth and final publisher reaches settlement in case alleging conspiracy with tech giant to raise prices and fight Amazon Macmillan has become the fifth and final US book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused the companies of conspiring to raise ebook prices. Macmillan and the justice…

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  • February 8, 2013
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New edition of LM Montgomery’s classic tale sees the freckled heroine also acquire ‘bedroom eyes’ Anne of Green Gables, the orphan with the “very thick, decidedly red hair” and the “much freckled” face, has become a blonde, buxom farm girl with come-hither eyes on a new edition of LM Montgomery’s classic novel, prompting a fierce…

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  • January 10, 2013
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Mountaineer sets up his own digital publisher after refusing to accept 25% offer from Random House Mountaineer Joe Simpson, author of a bestselling memoir about his miraculous survival in the Peruvian Andes, Touching the Void, has dumped his “bullying” publisher Random House after failing to reach agreement with them over over ebook royalties. Simpson said…

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  • January 10, 2013
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Physical book sales fell £74m last year, but contraction of the market slowed despite the recession and rise of ebooks Alison Flood Print book sales fell by almost £74m last year, reaching a nine-year low – although the decline slowed compared to 2011, according to figures published yesterday. Total sales of printed books fell to…

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  • January 10, 2013
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‘We will break even on this if we can sell about 2,000,” says publisher Christopher Foulkes. When Apple launched its iBooks Author software in January 2012, the emphasis was firmly on digital textbooks, with some talk about self-publishing potential for authors. 315 year-old wine merchants weren’t mentioned much. Well, at all. Yet fast forward to…

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  • December 15, 2012
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Apple and four major publishers vow to restore fair competition to European ebook market, handing pricing power to retailers Readers should prepare for plunging ebook prices after the European Commission yesterday accepted commitments from Apple and four major publishers to stop restricting the sale of cheap ebooks. The commission has been investigating the publishers Hachette…

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  • December 6, 2012
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A new report shows that almost all such devices monitor users’ activity. This doesn’t really bother me, but should I be more worried? In the light of a feature I wrote this summer, about how our e-readers can track our reading habits – complete, I’m ashamed to say, with the obligatory Orwell references – I…

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  • November 16, 2012
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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 there: Entertainment Weekly tells…

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  • November 15, 2012
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Do you want to turn your Instagram photos into books? Keepsy will help you design and print an Instagram book–learn more in the video embedded above. The self-publishing company Blurb will print Instagram photo books quickly, offering five different kinds of paper and three kinds of covers. Prices start at $10.95 for a 20-page paperback book. At the…