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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 6, 2012
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Joe Konrath and Steve Weddle report loss of ‘more than 50′ reviews in what may be a response to the sock-puppet scandal Amazon is understood to have deleted a wave of reviews by authors of their fellow writers’ books in what is believed to be a response to the “sock puppet” scandal. Authors including Joe…

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  • November 1, 2012
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Online references to his book lead Peter Mountford to baffled Russian reader – at work on illegal ebook version It was when debut novelist Peter Mountford spotted a rogue Russian translator deciding that the characters in said novel were drinking melted shoe polish, rather than getting high from sniffing it, that he first thought about…

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  • October 23, 2012
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Experiment offering a selection of novels and comics by writers including Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow is a runaway success An experiment from major authors including Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow, which allows readers to pay the price of their choice for a collection of ebooks, has shattered all expectations, racking up sales of more…

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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 28, 2012
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Industry specialists will look at the benefits of libraries lending ebooks in a move publishers say will have ‘serious implications’ for the book trade Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced a government review of ebook lending – a thorny issue that publishers believe could have “serious implications” for the book trade. To be led by…