U.S. Officially Levels E-Book Price Fixing Complaint Against Apple & Publishers

U.S. Officially Levels E-Book Price Fixing Complaint Against Apple & Publishers

UPDATE: The DOJ has announced settlement terms with three of the six publisher named in the lawsuit.
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DOJ Reportedly Close To Deal That Would Lower E-Book Prices

DOJ Reportedly Close To Deal That Would Lower E-Book Prices

Ever since Apple got into the e-book business, publishers have been determining their own prices for titles, meaning that e-books, in spite of having minimal overhead costs, are often sold for higher prices than their print counterparts. But it looks like the Justice Dept. antitrust investigation into this so-called “agency pricing” model is nearing an end — and may result in more affordable e-books for everyone. [More]

E-Book Users Reading More Material Than Their Print Book Counterparts

E-Book Users Reading More Material Than Their Print Book Counterparts

E-books are easy to carry and make shopping for books an anytime, anywhere kind of experience. Which is why new research that says reading habits are speeding up among those using e-readers makes sense. In fact, they tend to read more often than those who read strictly print material, including books, magazines and news articles. [More]

Harry Potter Series Arrives In E-Book Format To The Delight Of Wannabe Wizards

Harry Potter Series Arrives In E-Book Format To The Delight Of Wannabe Wizards

Perhaps lugging around a thick paper copy of any of the seven books in the Harry Potter series has deterred you from indulging in a re-read, or even attempting a first go at the books. But starting today, J.K. Rowling’s novels involving the world of wizards are available in e-book format. [More]

PayPal Changes Its Mind, Decides You Can Use It To Buy Erotic E-Books

PayPal Changes Its Mind, Decides You Can Use It To Buy Erotic E-Books

On the eve of its first match in this year’s Worst Company In America tournament, PayPal has changed its relatively new policy that would have forbidden the service’s use in the purchasing of e-books detailing certain sexual acts and behaviors. [More]

Justice Department Warns Apple, E-Book Publishers: We'll Sue You

Justice Department Warns Apple, E-Book Publishers: We'll Sue You

The U.S. Justice Department is inching closer to legal action against Apple and five e-book publishers who are reportedly pricing books under an “agency model” that isn’t the greatest for consumers. The government is threatening to take legal action if the issue isn’t resolved soon. [More]

Here Are A Few Important Things E-Book Sellers Aren't Bragging About

Here Are A Few Important Things E-Book Sellers Aren't Bragging About

Glancing at your bulging bookshelf and then over at your slim reader might make you wonder if paper books will someday go the way of the dinosaur in favor of e-books. For a few reasons at least, hang on to those paper copies, as there are still some drawbacks to reading electronic fare. [More]

PayPal Tells E-Book Distributor To Remove Sexually Taboo Titles

The nice thing about cash is that it doesn’t care what you use it to buy. But the folks at PayPal apparently don’t want their service to be used for the purpose of buying e-books that reference certain sexual acts or behavior. [More]

Why Don't We Have Color E-Ink Readers Here In The U.S.?

Why Don't We Have Color E-Ink Readers Here In The U.S.?

While there are a number of full-color devices like the Kindle Fire or the Nook that are sold as e-readers, there is a segment of the e-book reading world that views them as dumbed-down tablets with too-bright backlit screens that suck up battery power. Many of these people have been waiting for a color version of the E-Ink technology used in all the non-Fire Kindles and a few other readers to eventually become a reality. Well, now it is, but you won’t be seeing it stateside in the near future. [More]

Gifting An E-Book From Kobo: No Book, No Help

Gifting An E-Book From Kobo: No Book, No Help

Kris purchased the new biography of Steve Jobs through the Kobo e-bookstore as a gift for his dad, but here’s the trouble with buying an e-book: no one knows where it went, and no one at Kobo is capable of helping him. The Kindle version cost $3 more, but actually worked. [More]

European Officials Investigate Possible E-Book Cartel Involving Apple

European Officials Investigate Possible E-Book Cartel Involving Apple

In a page ripped from the script of Scarface, except switch out drugs for e-books and Tony Montana for Apple, European Union anti-trust officials are looking in to whether five publishers of e-books have colluded with the makers of the iPad, offering them lower book prices than they do for everyone else. [More]

When It Comes To Kids, Parents Pick Paper Over E-Books

When It Comes To Kids, Parents Pick Paper Over E-Books

We might be living in a digital world, but it seems paper children’s books still hold sway for parents over e-books. Because really, picture that lovely iPad touch screen with apple sauce fingerprints on it. [More]

Ikea Redesigns Bookshelf To Hold More Non-Book Items

Ikea Redesigns Bookshelf To Hold More Non-Book Items

Who needs a bookshelf with important, leather-bound books when you have so many other trinkets to store on shelves? Ikea is taking note of the move toward e-books and has responded to the increasingly electronic world by redesigning its BILLY bookshelf as more of a just, you know, things-shelf. [More]

Amazon: Kindle Books Outselling Dead Tree Variety

Amazon: Kindle Books Outselling Dead Tree Variety

Piggybacking on last month’s Association of American Publishers announcement that e-books had overtaken print book sales, Amazon announced that, in the U.S., 105 Kindle books were selling for every 100 copies of the hard stuff it moved. [More]

Author Pirates Copies Of Own Books To Put Them In E-book Format

Author Pirates Copies Of Own Books To Put Them In E-book Format

Most publishers and some authors believe online piracy robs them of potential income, but at least one writer has managed to turn the digital pilfering of his wares into a potential gain. He says he’s downloaded copies of out-of-print work with the idea of converting the files into legit e-books he can sell. [More]

E-Book Sales Get The Jump On Paperbacks For The First Time

E-Book Sales Get The Jump On Paperbacks For The First Time

Robots are taking over the world and soon we’ll all be slaves to technology! Maybe not, but e-books are finally surpassing sales of traditional hardcovers and paperbacks, according to a new report. [More]

Judge Rejects Google's Digital Books Settlement

Judge Rejects Google's Digital Books Settlement

A district court judge told Google its $125 million settlement with authors and publishers is invalid because it’s too favorable to the company. The ruling stalls Google’s plans to complete a massive digital library and bookstore. [More]

Libraries Launch Collection Of 80,000 Free E-Books

Libraries Launch Collection Of 80,000 Free E-Books

A group of libraries has gathered its resources to launch an e-book lending collection, filled with 80,000 entries, most of which are from the 20th century. [More]