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  • June 1, 2013
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Zola Books was the hot ebookstore story of 2012. They got attention everywhere with their promise of having exclusive content and a unique social reading experience (the free crack given out at the briefings probably helped), but now that a year has passed it now looks like they are nothing but hype. I caught up…

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  • June 1, 2013
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Getting ebooks into brick-and-mortar stores is one of the hotly discussed stories at BEA 2013, so I couldn’t leave the show without getting a look at OverDrive’s new retail kiosk. It did not disappoint. OverDrive has taken the work they put into their library ebook kiosks and adapted it to sell ebooks instead of offering…

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  • May 29, 2013
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BEA 2013 kicks off tomorrow, so Kobo sent out a press release today reminding us how wonderful they are. Kobo is following up a record 143% growth in revenue in 2012 with a still impressive 98% increase in the first quarter of this year. They’re also reporting that they now have 14.5 million registered users,…

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  • May 28, 2013
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It’s been just under a year since Macmillan announced plans to launch an ebookstore at Tor.com, and what a year it’s been. This ebookstore, which was one of Macmillan’s two major DRM-free effort of 2012, got a lot of attention last year. The Tor.com ebookstore broke with the publishing industry and had a novel goal…

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  • May 26, 2013
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Your favorite enhanced textbook company rolled out an update this week, restoring a feature that has been missing for the past couple years. The Inkling app for iPad and iPhone now includes an ebookstore. Inkling had removed this store in early 2011 as a result of Apple’s attempt to extort collect a 30% commission on…

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  • May 24, 2013
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Tolino was always intended to be Germany’s answer to the Kindle Store, but until today it was missing one of its competitor’s core features: self-published ebooks. That changed today. ePubli, a self-pub service owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, was pleased to announce today that they are now distributing ebooks to Tolino. Self-published authors and…

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  • May 22, 2013
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Many people in publishing believe that you can’t compete with Amazon, but it looks like someone forgot to tell that to TheReadingRoom.com. This UK-based ebookstore and bookish social network will soon be selling paper books on their website. The news will be officially announced next week, but I got an early copy of the press release….

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  • May 8, 2013
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Today Sony continued to confuse everyone watching the global ebook market. They’ve just formally launched the Sony Reader Store in Australia, their 8th local ebookstore (US, Canada, and Europe) and their first antipodal ebookstore. “We are proud to bring our Reader Store eBook offering to customers in Australia,” said Tad Kitsukawa, managing director Sony Digital…

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  • April 26, 2013
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The 2-year-old social reading platform ReadMill announced today that they have formed a new partnership with Gumroad, the minimalist online marketplace. Readers who buy ebooks through Gumroad will now be able to click a simple “Send to Readmill” button and have their purchases transferred automatically to their ReadMill account. ReadMill is a Berlin-based startup in…

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  • April 23, 2013
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Amazon is often maligned as only being interested in losing money on ebooks. That’s never actually been true (just ask the DOJ), but last week one ebook retailer in China decided to give the idea a try. Dangdang.com ran a sale last week that defied the meaning of the word. According to China Daily, Dangdang…