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Amazon Might Pay Self-Published Authors Less Than a Cent Per Page Read

So, remember that new Amazon payment scheme that’s going to revolutionize self-publishing by dolling out royalties based on pages read rather than copies sold? Remember how that was going to reward authors who can keep readers hooked rather than folks who can crank out 500 page-tomes that nobody has the gusto to… » 7/02/15 1:40pm 7/02/15 1:40pm

Apple Will Pay $450 Million for Conspiring to Fix Ebook Pricing 

Apple violated federal antitrust law in a conspiracy with five book publishers to fix ebook prices, according to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ended a long-running legal battle with a big blow to Apple, calling its ebooks price-fixing scheme “the supreme evil of antitrust.”
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Selling Erotic Ebooks Is Illegal in Germany Before 10pm 

Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm. That means any young fraus desperate to buy sensual Clippy stories may have to wait until after dark if booksellers come up with a plan to comply. » 6/22/15 2:16pm 6/22/15 2:16pm

The One Ebook You Have to Read If You Love Digital Books

You have not read a truly digital book until you've read The New World. The novella is about a woman trying to reclaim her dead husband's head from a cult-like cryogenics company. But more than that, it is the most ambitious attempt I've seen at exploring a future where books lack physical form and are better for it. » 3/10/15 2:10pm 3/10/15 2:10pm

Amazon's Unveils a Huge Movie and Ebook Sale, Plus More Deals

Need something to pass the time until House of Cards comes back next week? Today only, Amazon's offering big savings on award-winning Kindle ebooks and streaming movies to own. The most popular book on the list is Life of Pi ($3), and Boyhood ($7) highlights the movies, but it's a deep and impressive list of… » 2/21/15 10:15am 2/21/15 10:15am

Amazon Pulls Werewolf Novel Sequel for Surprisingly Non-Werewolf Reasons

Amazon is no stranger to independent publishing drama. But when it pulled books in the past, it at least purported to have some sort of legitimate reason. In the case of High Moor 2: Moonstruck (the story of one werewolf gang's quest to keep its existence hidden and the extreme lengths to which it goes to protect its… » 12/22/14 2:02pm 12/22/14 2:02pm

95 percent of American public libraries now carry ebooks

Ebooks are the new books. At least that's according to a recent survey by the Library Journal that looked at American public libraries. Ninety-five percent of libraries carry ebook titles. That's up from 89 percent in both 2013 and 2012, when researchers thought that adoption had plateaued for good. » 11/30/14 10:44pm 11/30/14 10:44pm