Posts Tagged ‘books’

More Ebook Prices Rise

February 5, 2010

It seems that Amazon’s ability to offer ebooks at a lower price than Apple’s announced iBook shop is being eroded more quickly than even dire predictions had supposed it might.

Looks like physical books could turn out to be cheaper...

Word comes from Gizmodo that more of Amazon’s “big six” publishers have been pushing prices up to the higher price point for “hardcover bestsellers,” which is an interesting term to use in an entirely data environment. After MacMillan’s move on Monday to see prices bumped to the $15 mark on certain titles, it seems that other publishers have come pouring in with similar requests to make of Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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Amazon Rolls Out Self-Publishing

January 18, 2010

Amazon has made the move to allow authors outside of the US to add their own works, presuming they hold the rights to do so, to its Kindle library.

Word comes from the Register of Amazon’s latest Kindle service to be pushed out outside the US, which should see European authors looking to add their own work to the company’s by now vastly profitable Kindle library pleased. Those who throw their own content up on Amazon’s Kindle library are to be allowed set their own prices, with 35% of those sales going to the rights holder… the other 65% presumably going to Amazon.

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Samsung Ebook Reader Also Tablet

January 11, 2010

Samsung has announced its own line of ebook readers, with its usual flair for elegant design evident throughout. Moreover, users can write directly onto the screen.

Curious to see the refresh rate when writing/drawing...

The ebook reader market is fast approaching saturation by now, but it seems that there are still plenty of big-name tech companies desperate to get in on a little of the market that Amazon and Sony kicked off with their Kindle and Reader lines. Indeed, the question now seems to be not whether or not a reader performs capably when it comes to the task of reading ebooks themselves, but what else they have on offer. In that respect, we’d imagine many will be impressed by Samsung’s new offering, which boasts some tablet functionality, allowing users to add notes to books by simply writing directly onto the screen.

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eBook Piracy Worries Publishers

January 4, 2010

It seems that the trend towards the adoption of ebook readers has some book publishers worried over the possibility that their content will see illegal piracy on the rise.

Word comes via TorrentFreak that, despite the general lack of bestselling authors in the list of the top 25 most pirated books last year, many publishers seem to fear the ease with which their content might be distributed illegally for the ebook reader-enabled population. Indeed, as a result of their generally small size once digitised, book publishers could potentially have more to fear from piracy than publishers of more data-heavy media.

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Amazon to See Competition on Kindle

December 21, 2009

Amazon’s Kindle has seen massive success, which drives adoption of the real reason the company got into the hardware business in the first place – it’s online store for ebooks.

Amazon’s Kindle service has now been rolled out to desktops and to the iPhone, with a BlackBerry version already on the way. Still, it looks as though Amazon’s online store isn’t to be entirely without competitors, even on its home turf, the Kindle hardware itself. It seems, at least, according to Engadget, that the Kindle’s by now effectively unchallenged online store could well be ousted by Scribd.

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Kindle App to Hit BlackBerries?

December 18, 2009

Amazon has slowly been rolling out Kindle functionality to a range of devices that have nothing to do with its own Kindle hardware except that, with the addition of a dedicated app, they’re capable of being ebook readers.

Last month, Amazon released a Kindle app for Apple’s iPhone and a standalone Kindle desktop app for those of us who’d like to read ebooks from the comfort of our desks. It’s certainly an interesting idea, and one that ensures that Amazon’s customers are more open to the idea of picking up a piece of its own Kindle branded hardware, having already interacted with the hardware.

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Apple Tablet Rumours Resurface

December 10, 2009

Rumours of Apple’s supposedly upcoming tablet have all but died down, but a new analyst report has put the focus right back on the potential device, with some details on why it’s a game changer.

The word from the folks over at Engadget is that we can expect Apple’s tablet to set us customers back something around the $1,000 mark, which usually translates into €1,000 somehow, but that’s something we’re starting to get fairly used to by now. The other really interesting part is the reason Amazon should probably start being scared of Apple…

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Amazon Denies Physical Shop Reports

December 8, 2009

Amazon has responded to recent reports indicating that it might be looking to open a physical bookshop by denying that the company is considering any such thing, essentially saying that Amazon’s current model is just fine the way it is.

Amazon has long been rumoured to be moving into the world of physical, brick and mortar shops, to supplement its income from its massively successful online shop. Moreover, with Microsoft having recently opened its own first shop, seeing massive success from the Microsoft Store, it seems that now could well be the time for typically digital companies to start boasting a physical presence… now though, Amazon has said that this is not the case.

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McCreevy on Google Books Concerns

October 20, 2009

The EU is really starting to get its hands dirty with Google Books, now rolling out an “impact assessment” for the digitising of books and offering of that digitised content.

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For those who’ve missed it so far, a significant amount of the trouble between Europe and Google when it comes to books has been because of Google’s ability to soak up a vast amount of content, scan it and then offer it online without there being any real legal reference point. This has allowed Google to gain the rights to so-called “orphan books,” for which copyright holders can’t be found or contacted.

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Google Offers Amazon a Place in Book Empire

September 11, 2009

The ongoing furore over Google’s Google Books service and its practical monopoly on web based scanned of published works continues, with Google offering its competitors something of an alliance.

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CNet is carrying the story that Google Books has made a fairly compelling offer to its competitors. According to the deal suggested by Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble – those most offended by Google Books’ apparently unassailable position – have been offered the right to sell books supplied by Google Books in their respective online catalogues, with Google seeing 37% of the revenue attained from those sales. That 37% would then be divided, with the seller receiving the lion’s share.

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