Will Focusing On Digital Products Save Or Doom Barnes & Noble?

Will Focusing On Digital Products Save Or Doom Barnes & Noble?

This past summer, Barnes & Noble announced that they’d be finding a third-party manufacturer for their Nook line of e-readers and tablets. Then their CEO resigned, mostly due to the failure of Nook hardware and content to save the company. The head of the Nook division took charge of the company, and has now officially been named CEO. So what will happen with the Nook now? [More]

Amazon Offering Discount E-Books On Previously Purchased Books (But The Selection Is Wanting)

Amazon Offering Discount E-Books On Previously Purchased Books (But The Selection Is Wanting)

Back in September, Amazon gave a vague launch window for its new MatchBook program, which allows customers who bought printed books from the e-tailer over the years to now have the option of buying an e-book version of those titles at a discount. Today, MatchBook finally launched, though only with around 75,000 titles included. [More]

Amazon To Give Discounts On Kindle Versions Of Books You Already Own

Amazon To Give Discounts On Kindle Versions Of Books You Already Own

Are there books sitting on your bookshelf that you purchased a while back but haven’t gotten around to reading because it’s so much more convenient to fire up your Kindle, iPad or other device and read an e-book? Then Amazon is set to launch a new program you might be interested in. [More]

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Court Ruling Highlights Huge Roadblock To Reselling Digital Content

Even though huge online players like Amazon and Apple are working on ways to provide users a marketplace to resell “used” digital downloads like mp3s and e-books, neither plan really deals with the most salient problem with reselling digital products — getting rid of the original copy. [More]

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We’re Pretty Sure That A ‘Book’ Should Have More Than One Page

The first definition of the word “book” in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is “a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory.” A set. Doesn’t that mean more than one? Maybe e-books are forcing us to redefine what we believe about a book is and how it ought to behave, but there are a few things that are non-negotiable. Doug thinks that the “more than one page” thing is kind of non-negotiable. His child picked out a book from Barnes & Noble’s Nook store that turned out to be more of a leaflet.  [More]

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Here’s Why Digital Rights Management Is Stupid And Anti-Consumer

Comparisons of downloadable books and music to their ancient, tangible predecessors are an old, old meme, but sometimes the comparison applies. For example: if reader Synimatik had bought a paperback book a few months ago and picked it up to read now, the book’s pages wouldn’t magically glue shut just because the credit card she normally uses at the bookstore has expired. That’s how it works when you want to read a book downloaded from Barnes & Noble, though. [More]

Department Of Justice Joins E-book Pricing Probe

Department Of Justice Joins E-book Pricing Probe

The U.S Department of Justice has joined its counterparts in the European Union in looking into the pricing of e-books. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed that the agency’s probe was concerned with the possible “anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales.” [More]

Penguin Will March New Ebooks Out Of Library Lending Program

Penguin Will March New Ebooks Out Of Library Lending Program

Readers used to loading up on free ebooks they download through their libraries will have fewer options available. Penguin announced it will keep its new ebooks off of the OverDrive lending program due to security concerns. [More]

Amazon Launches $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, $99 Kindle Touch

Amazon Launches $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, $99 Kindle Touch

Amazon today announced its long-awaited tablet, the Kindle Fire. The 7-inch tablet will be available in November for $199. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also announced out two new Kindles: the $99 touchscreen Kindle Touch, and a $79 version of the traditional Kindle. Both will include “Special Offers.” Ad-free versions will be available at higher prices. [More]

Authors Guild Sues Universities For Amassing Digital Book Library

Authors Guild Sues Universities For Amassing Digital Book Library

Authors who believe they are being ripped off by institutions of higher learning are taking four universities to court for scanning about 7 million copyright-protected books into a digital library, allowing students and faculty to download out-of-print work. [More]

Amazon Considering Netflix-Like Service For Ebooks

Amazon Considering Netflix-Like Service For Ebooks

The future of reading may involve shelling out a subscription fee to access an infinitely long electronic bookshelf. Amazon is reportedly in talks to launch such an endeavor, attaching it to its premium, $79-a-year Amazon Prime program. [More]

Google Books Announces E-Reader Deal With Harry Potter Books

Google Books Announces E-Reader Deal With Harry Potter Books

If there were ever two unstoppable money-making forces, it would be Google and the Harry Potter franchise. So it makes perfect sense that those two market dominators would team up for Google’s eBooks. [More]

Writer Sells 1 Million Self-Published Kindle Books

Writer Sells 1 Million Self-Published Kindle Books

The publishing industry may be struggling, but you wouldn’t know it from the success of some ebook writers, including one who has become the first self-published author to sell 1 million Kindle downloads. [More]

Bestselling Business Books Now Available In Comic Book Form

Bestselling Business Books Now Available In Comic Book Form

Even the most accessible books about business and personal finance can tend to be dry reads. That’s why a publishing company is releasing a handful of these titles in the always fun comic book format. [More]

Google's eBooks Store Is Open For Business

Google's eBooks Store Is Open For Business

After several months of delay and vague launch dates, Google has finally opened up its Google eBooks store (formerly known as Google Editions). [More]

Amazon Wants You To Read Mags on Kindles And Books Wherever You Want

Amazon Wants You To Read Mags on Kindles And Books Wherever You Want

In an effort to get more magazines and newspapers onto the Kindle platform, Amazon has begun offering publishers up to 70% of the revenue their periodicals bring in. To get the cash, publishers would have to make their rags available on not just Amazon’s hardware Kindle, but on the Kindle app on phones and computers. The deal could make it easier for consumers to read, say, the latest imponderable Malcolm Gladwell essay, and keep their place when moving from computer to phone to iPad. It could also undermine efforts by Apple to position the iPad as the best platform evar for periodicals. [More]

Kaplan Giving Away 90 Study Guides To iDevice Users

Kaplan Giving Away 90 Study Guides To iDevice Users

If you’re in the market for high school or college study guides and you have access to an iDevice from Apple, Kaplan is giving away 90 different titles between now and August 30th through the Apple iBookstore. Sadly, you can’t access the iBookstore on iTunes, so you’ll have to get to it through an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. [More]

Barnes & Noble Wants To Sell Itself, But Who's Gonna Buy It?

Barnes & Noble Wants To Sell Itself, But Who's Gonna Buy It?

Barnes & Noble shares are soaring after it announced that it was up for sale and may even go private, or merge with Borders. [More]