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Amazon Prime ebook subscription in talks for Kindle tablet

Amazon Prime ebook subscription in talks for Kindle tablet

Amazon is reportedly considering a subscription-based ebook service, in effect a Netflix-for-readers, which would charge an annual fee for content access. The scheme would initially be part of Amazon's Prime scheme, customers of which currently get unlimited two-day shipping and streaming access to the retailer's digital TV and movie library, the WSJ reports, although the response from publishers Amazon is in talks with has apparently been mixed.

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Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) Unveiled, Harry Potter Involved

Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) Unveiled, Harry Potter Involved

The folks at Sony have revealed a reader we've been getting hints on for about a month now, today letting us know that the lightest 6-inch eReader device ever has arrived. This newest look at an eReader from Sony builds on their previous successes and offers lovers of electronic reading materials a lovely sub-6-ounce piece of hardware with a 6-inch E-Ink Pearl V220 touch screen that'll be available in black, red, or white. Look like the device you'll finally take the eReader plunge with?

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Amazon cracks down on e-book publishers using private label rights

Amazon cracks down on e-book publishers using private label rights

Amazon has started to crack down on the publishing of e-books that use the private label rights or PLR. PLR is a way that a writer can write a digital book for the Kindle service and then sell the rights to other people to republish it as their own. It's like writing a how-to book and then selling publishing rights to others. The problem with this is that the same book ends up in the Kindle store with different titles and names associated with it confusing the customer.

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Class action suit alleges that Apple and multiple publishers conspired to fix prices in eBook industry

Class action suit alleges that Apple and multiple publishers conspired to fix prices in eBook industry

Back when the original iPad was getting ready to hit market, you might recall that Amazon had worked out a deal for digital version of books that were also on print that gave the reader of the digital version a discount that was very nice. I think most will agree when you are buying a digital version of a book with a fraction of the expense that it takes to print and bind a real book the price should be cheaper.

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iRiver Story HD is first eReader with Google eBooks integrated

iRiver Story HD is first eReader with Google eBooks integrated

We have talked a lot about iRiver around here; the company has all sorts of gadgets and electronics. The last product from iRiver I mentioned was the cool P8 PMP last week that was heading to Russia first. Google has announced that iRiver will have the first eReader that has official Google eBooks integration onboard. The eReader is called the iRiver Story HD and will launch on July 17.

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J.K. Rowling to publish Harry Potter series digitally via her own website

J.K. Rowling to publish Harry Potter series digitally via her own website

The Harry Potter book series has made J.K. Rowling one of the most popular authors in the world and made her boatloads of money at the same time. Apparently, when Rowling first negotiated the publishing right to her book series she was able to finagle the ability to keep the rights to the digital publication. Rowling is now set to change how major authors publish digital books by not selling the digital books on an existing platform or via her print publisher.

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Kindle ebook sales exceed print sales in US

Kindle ebook sales exceed print sales in US

Amazon has announced that Kindle ebook sales now outnumber physical paperback and hardback sales, the digital platform overtaking print in just four years. Since April 1, Amazon says, it has sold 105 Kindle ebooks for every 100 print books on its US site. That's not just limited to cases where both formats are available, either; it takes into account print titles where no Kindle equivalent is on offer (though free Kindle ebooks aren't counted).

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