Are Publishers, Not Technology, To Blame For The Decline Of Books?

Are Publishers, Not Technology, To Blame For The Decline Of Books?

Ah, books, those paper-paged dinosaurs! Lovers of the non-electronic form of literature are already bemoaning the end of an era, as Kindles and other e-readers seem poised to replace physical books forever. But should we be blaming technology or publishers for the possibly imminent extinction of books? [More]

Is It Amazon's Fault They Still Have My $200, Or Mine?

Is It Amazon's Fault They Still Have My $200, Or Mine?

David ordered a Kindle and cover from Amazon shortly after Christmas, but it disappeared in transit and was never heard from again. These things happen in commerce. What David doesn’t understand is why, after he was too busy to respond after an initial e-mail exchange, Amazon didn’t try to contact him or just automatically issue a refund or replacement for the missing Kindle. [More]

Library E-Books Finally Come To The Kindle

Library E-Books Finally Come To The Kindle

Kindle users, fire up your brains for even more delicious books. Amazon announced earlier today that the OverDrive ebook library lending system is coming to the Kindle platform. The technology is already available on competing book replacement devices, the Nook and Kobo. Kindle Library Lending will give Kindle users access through the 11,000 public and school/college libraries that are already part of OverDrive. [More]

Amazon's Kindle: Now Brought To You By Buick?

Amazon's Kindle: Now Brought To You By Buick?

If $140 for an Amazon Kindle e-reader is still too rich for your blood, the online book-seller is starting to take pre-orders for a new $113 “Kindle with Special Offers.” What makes it cheaper (and “special”)? The new e-reader will display advertisements on the Kindle’s screensaver and at the bottom of the home page. [More]

Report: Apple Tells Sony It Can't Sell E-Books Through Its
App

Report: Apple Tells Sony It Can't Sell E-Books Through Its App

The battle over the e-book market has just gotten a little nastier. According to Sony, Apple is now telling some application developers that they can not create apps for the iPad and iPhone that would allow users to purchase content — or even be able to access content — that isn’t sold through its App Store. [More]

Best Buy Sold Me A Better Kindle Than What I Paid For — Should I Keep It?

William thought he had bought a WiFi-only Kindle from Best Buy, only to bring it home and discover he’d actually gotten the pricier version that accesses the 3G network. [More]

Author Claims To Manipulate Amazon Rankings By Buying Own Book Every Day

Author Claims To Manipulate Amazon Rankings By Buying Own Book Every Day

Authors, publishers and agents live and die inside — mostly die — by monitoring their product’s position on the Amazon charts, which are adjusted hourly. Thomas, an author who penned the Kindle book Wealth Hazards, says literary types should take a step back because the system is easily corrupted. He says he’s manipulated the system by buying his book 200 times and posting fake reviews hailing his self-described masterpiece. [More]

Reader Thinks He's Discovered Why Kindle Covers Screw Up Devices

Reader Thinks He's Discovered Why Kindle Covers Screw Up Devices

David says he’s figured out the reason Amazon’s Kindle covers may be making devices lock up. He says metal parts are connecting ports on the device and causing the problems, and that he was able to get Amazon credit for his cover after he escalated his complaint. [More]

Are Amazon's Kindle Covers Making Devices Freeze?

Are Amazon's Kindle Covers Making Devices Freeze?

Marc says Amazon’s Kindle covers cause the e-readers to freeze up, requiring owners to reboot or return them, only to see the problem recur with refurbished units. [More]

Virus Could Make Batteries Last 10 Times Longer

Virus Could Make Batteries Last 10 Times Longer

“Virus” and “tobacco” are not two words you usually think of in a positive light, but they could be the secret to making batteries last ten times as long. [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]

Google Oh So Close To Launching E-Book Store

Google Oh So Close To Launching E-Book Store

Back in May, it was being reported that Google was planning on having its new E-book store up and running by the end of summer. Obviously that didn’t happen. Now the Wall Street Journal says Google Editions is likely to be a reality by year’s end. [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]

How To Choose The Right E-Reader

How To Choose The Right E-Reader

Sales of e-book readers, also known as e-readers, are way up and prices are dropping. Consumer Reports has tested a wide variety and has advice if you’re in the market for an ebook reader. [More]

Amazon Locks You Out Of Kindle Account, Ignores You For A Month

Amazon Locks You Out Of Kindle Account, Ignores You For A Month

E-readers have a definite advantage over traditional dead-tree books when you’re going on vacation: you can bring a wealth of reading material in one small device. One difference, though: your analog bookshelf can’t lock you out. Your Amazon account can. That’s what Natalia writes happened to her. No one at Amazon has been able to fix the problem for more than a month now. [More]

Connecticut AG Investigating Apple & Amazon Over E-Book
Price Fixing

Connecticut AG Investigating Apple & Amazon Over E-Book Price Fixing

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is the online retailer’s top-selling single item, and the company recently announced that its sales of e-books has outpaced sales of hardcover titles. Meanwhile, Apple has jumped into the e-book market with both feet, selling titles for reading on its iPad tablet computers. But now the Attorney General in Connecticut has launched an investigation into the pricing plans that both companies have hammered out with book publishers. [More]

Apple Sued Because iPad Does Not Work "Just Like A Book" As Claimed

Apple Sued Because iPad Does Not Work "Just Like A Book" As Claimed

A new class action suit filed in California takes issue with how the iPad shuts off automatically if it overheats. In particular, however, the suit claims that the marketing phrase “reading on the iPad is just like reading a book” is misleading, and that Apple is therefore engaging in fraud and misleading consumers. This is great news for me, because I was thinking of suing Apple for not providing dustjackets for iBookstore titles but my friends told me I shouldn’t. [More]

E-Readers Getting Rolled Under Tablet Juggernaut

E-Readers Getting Rolled Under Tablet Juggernaut

Remember when e-readers like the Kindle came out and everyone got all excited and companies jumped in to copy them and make their own e-readers? Yeah, turns out that wasn’t such a good idea. Seems if you’re not Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Sony, your e-reader model won’t survive the onslaught of tablets like the iPad.

Wired.com
has assembled a list of a few of those e-reader manufacturers struggling against the tide of tablets. Those in trouble include Audiovox’s RCA Lexi e-reader, iRex, Plastic Logic and Cool-er. [More]