- 2013 May 13
Goodnight, Sweet Print
Salon: "Are words on paper gone forever?"
- 2013 May 10
Amazon Developing 3D Smartphone
Rumors that the retail giant is building a smartphone first surfaced more than a year ago. A new report suggests a smartphone with a 3D screen may be on deck.
Spreading Literature in Africa
E-Book Piracy Debate Revisited
Inside Tor's announcement that they've "seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles.”
- 2013 May 06
Amazon's Got An Android Store in China
Amazon has launched and Android app store in China beating, among others, Google to the punch.
- 2013 May 01
E-books Rise 134%
The Publishers Association (The PA) Statistics Yearbook 2012 shows that total consumer e-book sales have continued to rise in 2012, by 134%, reaching £216 million.
E-Books and Democracy
"The information revolution raises profound questions about the future of books, reading and libraries."
- 2013 Apr 29
Kobo's Greatest Asset?
It's not Amazon.
- 2013 Apr 25
Amazon's Kindle TV Set-Top Box
Amazon is planning to introduce a device this fall dedicated to streaming video over the Internet and into its customers’ living rooms, according to three people familiar with the project who aren’t authorized to discuss it.
- 2013 Apr 19
Amazon-Goodreads Quashed iBooks Plan
Amazon's buyout of Goodreads in late March also had the effect of derailing Apple's plans for the iBookstore.
Court Nixes Viacom Suit Against YouTube
For the second time in three years, a federal judge has dismissed Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube, saying the online video site doesn't have to police itself as long as it removes infringing videos when copyright owners give notice.
- 2013 Apr 18
Complaints Against Amazon Grow
"International publishers and booksellers at the London Book Fair this year have become increasingly vocal about their difficulties in working with Amazon."
- 2013 Apr 17
Do E-Readers Inhibit Comprehension?
Research suggests that the devices can prevent readers from wholly absorbing longer texts.
Introduced at the London Book Fair.
- 2013 Apr 16
Everybody Was 'Quidditching'
Quidditching = the newest online photo meme fad.
- 2013 Apr 11
Spotify-Like Service for Books
To be launched by Waterstones founder this year.
Welsh Kindle Row
A Welsh language publisher says it plans to protest over Amazon's current inability to support its books.
- 2013 Apr 09
Do Your E-Reading!
College professors are testing CourseSmart, technology that enables them to track students' E-Textbook reading.
Teacher Knows If You've E-Read
Several Texas A&M professors know something that generations of teachers could only hope to guess: whether students are reading their textbooks.
- 2013 Apr 08
The View of E-books from the Inside
NY Times: "It is refreshing to see Jason Merkoski, a leader of the team that built Amazon’s first Kindle, dispense with the usual techo-utopianism and say, 'I think we’ve made a proverbial pact with the devil in digitizing our words.'”
- 2013 Apr 02
Raised On Screens
A piece about the impact of Tablets and other devices on children's minds.
Microsoft Phone Developer Goes to Amazon
Charlie Kindel updated his LinkedIn profile to say he’s now director of “something secret” at the Seattle-based online retailer.
- 2013 Apr 01
What Do Tablets Do to Kids' Minds?
“We really don’t know the full neurological effects of these technologies yet."
- 2013 Mar 28
Amazon's Porn Problem
Adult books come up in searches for "teen books for girls."
Blind Dates with Books?
The problem is not one of finding books, it is one of discrimination, of deciding which books are worth reading, and it’s a problem is compounded by the vast choice on offer.
- 2013 Mar 27
Hulu Selling to Amazon?
According to Reuters, Hulu's board has approached potential buyers to gauge their interest in acquiring the online video service.
- 2013 Mar 26
Why E-books Are a Different Genre
- 2013 Mar 25
Why Kids Aren't Reading Digital Comics
And what might make them start.
- 2013 Mar 22
Rakuten Defies European Gloom?
"We're very confident we'll be able to grow in any kind of (economic) circumstance."
- 2013 Mar 21
Amazon/CIA Ink Cloud Deal
In a move sure to send ripples through the federal IT community, FCW has learned that the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years.
- 2013 Mar 20
EBay Stealing Amazon's Customers?
"By eBay’s own estimation, it’s offering a much better deal than Amazon."
End of an Era for eMusic
eMusic, the online music service that pioneered the subscription approach before Spotify was a glimmer in Daniel Ek’s eye, quietly merged this week with an e-book distributor, in an unusual bit of digital-media consolidation.
- 2013 Mar 19
Harry Potter Coming to Playstation
Pottermore will be integrated into PlayStation Home in April.
- 2013 Mar 18
Small Merchants Sue Amazon
Amazon.com was hit with a class-action lawsuit Friday by online sellers who allege the Internet giant violates its own terms as well as Washington state law by holding the sellers’ money for more than 90 days.
- 2013 Mar 15
Why Does Google Want to Be Amazon?
Seeking Alpha: There has been some buzz recently that Google is targeting Amazon and moving in on their turf so to speak with some of their new offerings. This is entirely wrong and if anything, Google should be the one looking over their shoulder at Amazon.
- 2013 Mar 11
Self-Published Authors Hurt
By Amazon's online royalty cut.
- 2013 Mar 08
Apple Just Like Amazon?
Apple filed a patent application Thursday to create a marketplace for used digital goods.
Netflix for Children's Books?
A look at Sproutkin.
- 2013 Mar 04
German Book Retailers Face Amazon
German book retailers have teamed up with Deutsche Telekom to produce their own e-reader to challenge the dominance of Amazon.com in the growing market for digital books.
The Curse of "You May Also Like"
Algorithms and “big data” are good at figuring out what we like—and that may kill creativity.
Dymocks Exits E-book Publishing
Dymocks is shutting its publishing venture at the end of the month after just 15 months in the business.
- 2013 Mar 01
Do You Really Own Your E-books?
Amazon and publisher restrictions control your access, but a bookstore lawsuit could change that.
- 2013 Feb 27
Authors Face Change
As Amazon tightens affiliate policy on free Kindle books.
- 2013 Feb 26
Google's Counterattack Against Amazon
Wired: "Google’s increasingly aggressive effort to steal online retail from Amazon is turning into one of the most intriguing business battles of the year."
Scaling Back Nook
Bad news for publishers?
- 2013 Feb 22
Bookish's Dirty Little Secret
Peter Winkler reports that all of the exclusive author content is provided by authors signed to the 3 publishers. There are also adverts on most of the pages, all for books published by Hachette, Penguin, or Simon & Schuster.
- 2013 Feb 21
Online writing sites give teenagers the chance to read and share poetry.
Amazon's European Base Sued
Over their low value-added tax rates for e-books.
- 2013 Feb 20
'Amazon Tax' Payoff Arrives Soon
Sales tax from Internet commerce, a prize pursued for years by U.S. state governments, is starting to arrive in California and a few other states, providing millions of dollars in new revenue, though not as much as a benchmark study once forecast.
Digital Causes Teen Poetry Wave
Sites such as Movellas and Wattpad are seeing huge numbers of teens writing, reading and sharing poetry.
Blogger Has Read 60 Books in 2013
And 'Wordnerdy' shows no signs of slowing down.
- 2013 Feb 19
Angry Birds Has a VP of Book Publishing
Sanna Lukander explains why print books are more than a licensing sideline for Rovio.
- 2013 Feb 14
Amazon Shares Climb
Amazon.com Inc shares climbed more than 4 percent on Tuesday after an analyst note fueled optimism about the company's Kindle e-book business.
- 2013 Feb 11
Nomi Raises $3M to Fight Amazon
Rather than compete with Amazon on price alone, Nomi wants to help retailers provide better service by tracking consumer behavior across in-store and online channels.
- 2013 Feb 08
Amazon Crushed in China
By Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
- 2013 Feb 04
Amazon Comes to Connecticut
Amazon will collect sales tax in another state.
- 2013 Jan 29
Amazon 'To Put Ads on Kindles'
Amazon is reportedly readying an advertising push for displays on Kindle e-readers after pitching a range of products to marketers in Seattle.
- 2013 Jan 25
Why Amazon Can't Win
When it comes to book reviews.
Who Reads E-books?
Piracy is 'Yesterday's Worry'
File sharing and self-publishing are becoming the norm for a generation of writers looking beyond a moribund publishing eco-system.
- 2013 Jan 24
Sainsbury's to Split Up
The UK grocery retailer Sainsbury’s has just announced that the e-book community Anobii, which was acquired in June 2012, is going to be split asunder.
- 2013 Jan 22
Amazon Woos Advertisters
With what it knows about consumers.
- 2013 Jan 16
Bezos: 'I Never Expected This'
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says he’s surprised by Amazon’s success.
Apple, Amazon Ordered To Try Settlement
A judge has ordered Apple and Amazon to meet to try to work out an agreement about whether "app store" is a generic term before the case goes to court.
- 2013 Jan 14
iPhone Demand Slowing?
Apple Inc stock declined to the lowest price in almost a year after the Nikkei newswire reported that the company curbed iPhone production on weak demand.
- 2013 Jan 11
5 Social Media Predictions for 2013
Including: brands will be forced to measure ROI.
- 2013 Jan 10
A Catholic prep school library in Minnesota retires its print collection.
Paragraph Launchs Lit Mag for iPad Age
A new iPad magazine called Paragraph Shorts curates the “best short stories” from across the web and presents them in a Flipboard-like interface.
College Bookstores & E-book Rift
At Purdue, e-books sales have declined to less than 1 percent of total sales at the store.
- 2013 Jan 08
Physical Books Aren't Going Anywhere
Slowing e-book sales and recent studies suggest that print is more resilient than once thought.
McGraw-Hill to Debut Adaptive E-books
Expanding upon student learning behavior collected from McGraw-Hill’s existing suite of educational software, the SmartBook promises to adapt textbook material to suit the paces and grasp of individual learners.
- 2013 Jan 04
Amazon in Kindle Hiring Spree
EETimes is reporting that Amazon has some 255 job listings posted to the Lab126 website.
WSJ: Is it over or has it just begun?
- 2013 Jan 03
Judge Tosses Apple's False Adver. Claim
Part of Apple's App Store court case has been tossed out of the courtroom, a judge ruling that 'false advertising' cannot be used as a claim against online retailer Amazon.
- 2012 Dec 18
Just How Big is Amazon?
Some graphics to help you picture it.
- 2012 Dec 14
Amazon Sales Falling Behind?
Amazon’s ability to get orders to your door in time for the holidays may be having an unexpected consequence: Consumers are procrastinating longer than usual to buy presents online.
- 2012 Dec 13
Tablets Kill E-readers
E-book readers haven’t been around all that long, but already they’re heading toward obsolescence, pushed aside by the burgeoning demand for their multi-use successor: The tablet.
- 2012 Dec 12
What We'll See in 2013 Digital Media
GigaOM: What does next year have in store for the digital content business? Our media team offers some predictions, from cord cutting and apps to self publishing and paywalls.
- 2012 Dec 10
Why All-You-Can-Scoll Is Bad for Kids
Amazon aims an unlimited content service directly at your kids and your Kindle Fire tablet. Brace for begging, whining.
- 2012 Dec 06
Italy Offers Free E-books on Trains
RCS Libri, Italy's second biggest publishing group, is to launch a service which will give passengers on Italian trains free access e-books in order to study the way consumers read and discover digital content.
- 2012 Nov 14
Kindle in China?
According to QQ Tech Report, a source close to Amazon China said the online retailer could begin shipping directly to customers in China as early as this month.
- 2012 Nov 07
Amazon Already Cuts Japan Kindle Prices
Amazon, a latecomer to Japan's e-reader market, is slashing its Kindle prices in the country before it has shipped a single device.
Sony Brings Reader To iOS
"You can find ebook apps and access bookstores from a number of vendors on iOS and the latest addition comes from Sony."
- 2012 Nov 06
Best E-book Publishers
Forbes takes a look.
- 2012 Nov 01
E-book Market in Vietnam Still Growing
The e-book market in Vietnam is still in its infancy and is growing far too slowly than e-book producers had expected, as Vietnamese readers have yet to acquire the habit of paying online for book content, seemingly a new and unfamiliar process for them.
- 2012 Oct 31
Amazon Finds Inroad to Latin America?
All eyes are on Amazon as Brazil's Saraiva looks to sell its online unit.
- 2012 Oct 29
Amazon Sues Former Cloud Chief
"Amazon's former cloud sales chief is being sued by the retail giant over his move to Google. Why? Because Google's cloud poses one of the greatest threats to Amazon Web Services."
- 2012 Oct 25
Why Amazon Is Allowed To Remove Access
Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble can revoke access to your e-books, music and software any time they want. Here's why.
- 2012 Oct 22
Amazon Makes UK Pub. Pay 20% VAT
Luxembourg-based company profits from European tax anomaly, itself paying only 3% VAT on digital books sold to UK readers.
- 2012 Oct 18
'Newsweek' Ending Print Run
The weekly news magazine, now under Tina Brown, is going online-only.
- 2012 Oct 12
Amazon Confirms There's No Kindle Profit
In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, Jeff Bezos admitted that Amazon sells the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD at cost, making the company literally no profit on the devices.
- 2012 Oct 11
Unlimited Subscription Service for Books
"You can call Oyster the Netflix for books, but founders Eric Stromberg, Andrew Brown and Willem Van Lancker want to bring something more to e-book reading. The startup aims to be the first real subscription service for books."
- 2012 Oct 01
Did You Pay Too Much for That E-book?
"A lot of great, nearly free lit out there, but big publishers won't tell you."
- 2012 Sep 24
5 Million iPhone 5s Sold Already
The first weekend has seen sales far exceed the numbers for the iPhone 4S.
- 2012 Sep 20
iPhone 5 Reviews
They're in, and there is surprising unanimity across the board.
- 2012 Sep 18
Kobo Signs Deal with U.K. Indies
Kobo has secured a deal to sell its recently revamped eReader range through 1,000 independent UK bookstores.
Fiction E-book Sales Up 188%
Sales of digital fiction books increased by 188% in value terms in the first half of the year, compared to the same January to June period in 2011, according to statistics released by the Publishers Association.
- 2012 Sep 07
How Amazon Makes Money on Low Prices
Jeff Bezos explains it all (mostly).
- 2012 Sep 06
Bezos: Most Second-Guessed Genius?
Almost from the start, CEO Jeff Bezos has had to butt heads with a gaggle of critics pressing to see short-term returns at Amazon.
- 2012 Sep 05
Apple Event Set for Sept. 12
Signs point to an iPhone 5 unveiling.