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  • March 2, 2012
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In an article that showed up complete in my RSS reader but turned out to be behind a paywall when I tried to click through, The Bookseller reports that a group of 180 Japanese publishers are joining forces under an initiative with a goal of creating 1 million e-books. This may be just a bit…

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  • February 23, 2012
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Some 4,000 ebook editions from Independent Publishers Group pulled from sale in dispute over new retail terms Thousands of ebooks from independent publishers have been removed from sale on Amazon.com after a clash over trading terms. The Independent Publishers Group, the second largest independent book distributor in the United States, said in an update that…

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  • February 23, 2012
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As you probably know, bistable or passive displays like the E-Ink ones in e-readers focus on battery life and readability rather than color and interactivity. The latest devices have been optimized for fast page refreshes and touch operation, but generally you’re still waiting a half a second or so for the screen to flip over…

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  • February 9, 2012
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Kerry Wilkinson’s Jessica Daniel detective novels sell more than 250,000 copies on Kindle A self-published author has beaten names including Lee Child, James Patterson and Stieg Larsson to become the bestselling ebook author on Amazon.co.uk for the last three months of 2011, the online retailer said on Wednesday. Kerry Wilkinson, 31, self-published Locked In, the…

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  • February 6, 2012
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Publishers face secrecy over sales and an absence of industry-wide data to help them plot strategy Kindle-owning bibliophiles are furtive beasts. Their shelves still boast classics and Booker winners. But inside that plastic case, other things lurk. Sci-fi and self-help. Even paranormal romance, where vampires seduce virgins and elves bonk trolls. The ebook world is…

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  • February 2, 2012
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At PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports on the recent Verso study that showed over half of book buyers are “not at all likely” to buy an e-reader in the next year, up from 2009. Owen talked to representatives from Verso who suggested that, to the resistant, e-readers aren’t yet better enough than print books to…

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  • January 31, 2012
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Freedom author tells festival audience that the ‘impermanence’ of ebooks is incompatible with enduring principles Jonathan Franzen has spoken of his fear that ebooks will have a detrimental effect on the world – and his belief that serious readers will always prefer print editions. The acclaimed and bestselling novelist, who denies himself access to the…

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  • January 29, 2012
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Self-publishing author Will Entrekin has written a very interesting blog post about his participation in Amazon’s “Kindle Select” program, in which his books are made available exclusively on Amazon and are part of the Amazon Prime Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In the first part, he talks about why he made the decision to go exclusive…

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  • January 27, 2012
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EBookNewser and GalleyCat have posted an infographic from e-book sales tracking company Booklr which compares the average e-book price of the Top 100 e-books for the Kindle and Nook platforms. Based on information collected over the week of January 12th through 19th, the chart shows that the average price of an Amazon Kindle e-book is…

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  • January 27, 2012
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Jeremy Greenfield reports on the Digital Book World site that Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of social e-tailer Anobii, is urging publishers to drop DRM restrictions on their e-books as a way to fight Amazon. In a DBW slideshow presentation, Berlucchi argues that the big e-vendors use device choice to lock in consumers, licensing rather than selling…