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  • May 23, 2013
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Original authors and their amateur adapters can now jointly ‘monetise’ the popular spinoffs George RR Martin hates fan fiction, Anne Rice has banned it, Ursula K Le Guin calls it “an invasion”. But a host of authors have signed up to a new programme from Amazon, which encourages any fan who fancies it to write…

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  • February 22, 2013
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Three US booksellers claim contracts between Amazon and other publishers ‘unreasonably restrain trade’ in ebook market In a case of David against Goliath, three independent US bookshops are taking on Amazon and six of the biggest publishers in America in a class-action lawsuit accusing the internet giant of creating an ebook monopoly that is destroying…

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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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  • October 9, 2012
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The Humble Indie Bundle shows most do the right thing which helps offset the people who don’t give a damn What if the experience of purchasing electronic media was redesigned around making you feel trusted and sincerely appreciated? What if you knew that the lion’s share of the money you spent on electronic media went…

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  • September 8, 2012
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Online retailer takes a leaf out of Charles Dickens’ book by publishing fiction ranging from romance to crime in instalments Amazon is following in the grand old footsteps of Charles Dickens by launching a series of serialised stories for the Kindle. Just as Dickens published novels including The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist in regular…

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  • August 28, 2012
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At the moment, taxiing, takeoff, climb, approach, and landing are the parts of an airline flight where readers of traditional books can laugh in the face of e-book users—because those are the times when passengers are required to turn off personal electronics. But that may, hopefully, not be the case for much longer. Network World…

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  • August 25, 2012
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When we look at the decision Kodak announced today to sell its film division, are we looking at the future of the book publishing industry? For decades, Kodak’s name was synonymous with film. Now, as the company struggles in bankruptcy during a costly patent fight versus Apple, it is selling the very thing that once…

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  • July 24, 2012
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Japan’s leading online retailer Rakuten is hoping to see off Amazon’s Kindle and corner the world’s second-largest publishing market For a nation of technology-loving avid readers, Japan has been slow to join the digital publishing revolution. While consumers in the US and Europe increasingly turn to e-readers, many Japanese have stubbornly refused to part with…

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  • July 5, 2012
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Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish The Hunger Games and where you stopped reading Wolf Hall. Publishers are thrilled with the new data – but what does it mean for the rest of us? What’s the big deal if your e-reader is spying on you? Big Brother, wrote George Orwell in…

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  • May 27, 2012
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The growth of e-reading among older age groups shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise New technology, like pop music or radical politics, is something you’re expected to lose touch with as you get older. This idea is encouraged by the young, who would rather their elders gracefully embraced luddism than try to befriend…