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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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  • 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 12, 2012
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Do you want to make your holiday cards and gifts a little extra special this year? Give your friends a QR code link to a free Christmas book through Project Gutenberg. Simply explore one of our free eBook lists (below) and click on the link for the individual books. Every title has its own code–simply…

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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…