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With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

Ebooks have made it easier to carry a library's worth of novels and textbooks, and now Amazon's new Page Flip feature for Kindle adds a virtual finger to temporarily hold your place. If you've ever wanted to flip between two points in an ebook without losing your place in the process, the update - coming to Kindle ereaders, Fire tablets, and the Kindle apps - might do the trick.

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Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

If you're an Amazon customer who has bought ebooks in the past, you might have a pleasant surprise waiting for you in your account today as the retail behemoth starts delivering Apple credits. The refund comes as part of Apple's settlement over ebook price fixing allegations, with anybody who bought Kindle titles from five specific publishers due to get a percentage of the purchase price back: today, it's the turn of Amazon's customers.

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Hoopla strikes deal with Dark Horse Comics

Hoopla strikes deal with Dark Horse Comics

Hoopla has announced a new deal with Dark Horse Comics, bringing some of the publisher’s titles to its own digital service. This follows similar deals Hoopla has struck with other publisher, first with D.C. Comics earlier this year, and back in August with Image Comics. As part of the newest deal, Hoopla will add Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sin City, and more.

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Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Sometimes, it takes an upstart startup to shake up an industry and force spur moving giants into action. But sometimes, those startups don't get to fully experience the fruits of their herculean labors. That might be the case of Oyster, popularly nicknamed the Netflix for books as its founders announced on the company blog that they will be sunsetting the service in several months. Speculations point to a yet to be confirmed hiring by Google of some of Oyster's staff, practically assimilating the service into its own Google Play Books.

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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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Hoopla strikes digital deal with DC Comics

Hoopla strikes digital deal with DC Comics

Earlier this month, Marvel and Amazon struck a deal that resulted in more than 12,000 comic books arriving on the Kindle store. Following that, DC Comics has announced a similar deal with Hoopla. Last month Hoopla announced an expansion of its digital comics offerings, and now the company has struck up a partnership with DC Comics that will see the latter company rolling out a couple hundred of its own works on the service. First will come an initial release of 25 graphic novels.

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Amazon to start paying authors by number of pages read

Amazon to start paying authors by number of pages read

It seems that the world's largest e-book seller-sometimes-publisher might be turning the market on its head. Word has gotten out that Amazon will be changing the rules of the game when it come to books in its Kindle Select library that are self-published and distributed through its Kindle Direct Publishing program. In short, mostly indies. Instead of a fixed amount per book sold, the new program will pay authors by the number of pages that a reader actually reads, a change that will have two-edged effects in this industry.

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Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon has added audiobook reading to its Echo personal assistant, allowing the pillar-like speaker to regale owners with Audible ebooks. The update is the latest in a series of improvements to Echo which Amazon has pushed out, and follows Google Calendar integration which was installed late last month. Echo will also synchronize its place in each audiobook with Amazon's apps on other platforms, to make the listening experience effectively seamless.

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Google’s new ‘Literata’ font makes ebooks beautiful

Google’s new ‘Literata’ font makes ebooks beautiful

You expect different fonts in the books you read than on the Web pages you read, and so it is common for some fonts to only be found in books -- they're tailored for the long-form reading experience, and altogether visually pleasant. Apple will reportedly be switching up its system fonts for better readability, and Google is doing something similar with its Google Play Books specifically. The Internet giant has unveiled a new font specifically for ebooks, and it's called "Literata".

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Oyster launches eBook store to take you beyond subscriptions

Oyster launches eBook store to take you beyond subscriptions

Those who like to read digitally have likely heard of Oyster, the monthly subscription service geared towards avid readers. At $9.99/month, getting the most out of Oyster is easy if you read one or more books monthly. If you don’t, you might have wondered why you’re subscribing — why not just buy books as needed? It’s a crossroads many have found themselves at, but you no longer have to leave Oyster if you’re not interested in subscribing. Today, Oyster is launching an eBook marketplace, where you can buy digital copies of books.

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Kobo Glo HD wants to speed Kindle Voyage’s final journey

Kobo Glo HD wants to speed Kindle Voyage’s final journey

Kobo is looking to spank Amazon where it hurts, launching the Kobo Glo HD ereader with the same e-paper display as the Kindle Voyage, but dramatically undercutting it on price. Set to hit shelves from May 1st, the Glo HD uses E Ink's 300dpi Carta panel, just as the Voyage does, for smooth text and monochrome images. However, whereas the Voyage will set you back upwards of $199.99 depending on whether you mind Amazon subsidizing it by showing you adverts, Kobo will be asking just $129.99 for the Glo HD.

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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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