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Kindle MatchBook introduced with discounted digital copies for hardback book buyers

Kindle MatchBook introduced with discounted digital copies for hardback book buyers

Amazon has announced a new service for certain customers who purchase the physical version of a book called Amazon MatchBook. Under the program, those buyers will be able to grab the digital copy of the same book for a steeply discounted rate, a sort of subsidized legal format shifting endeavor that gives readers the option of having an extra-portable version on their Kindle slate.

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iBooks price-fix settlement hits $162.25m but Apple appeal delays payout

iBooks price-fix settlement hits $162.25m but Apple appeal delays payout

The iBookstore lawsuit promising partial refunds for ebook buyers who paid over-the-odds for their downloads is another step closer to making payouts, with cash from Penguin and Macmillan swelling the combined coffers to $162.25m. In a new batch of emails to iBookstore customers affected by the price-fixing suit, the State Attorneys General and Class Counsel E-book Settlements responsible for managing the case - and distributing the money - confirms the new contribution from the two settling publishers, TidBITS reports, though that's not to say the cash will actually arrive any time soon.

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Apple faces renewed DoJ ebook price-fix punishments

Apple faces renewed DoJ ebook price-fix punishments

A new set of proposed remedies suggested by the DoJ in the Apple ebook price-fixing case has tempered some of the issues the Cupertino firm complained about, but the agency maintains Apple should face tough penalties for continuing to deny any wrongdoing. The second batch of suggestions, submitted by the US Department of Justice today, come after Apple described the original set as "wildly out of proportion to any adjudicated wrongdoing or potential harm" not to mention "draconian", taking issue with calls for Amazon and other ebook vendors to be permitted links to their own download stores, and bans on any sort of negotiations with content owners that might raise the price of purchase for users.

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Apple ebook punishment protest gets publisher support

Apple ebook punishment protest gets publisher support

Five major publishers have vocally protested the proposed ebook antitrust remedy the Department of Justice hopes Apple will abide by, arguing that the punishing settlement would impose "additional, unwarranted restrictions" and damage the ebook industry as a whole. Apple had described the DoJ guidelines as a "draconian and punitive intrusion", taking issue with the suggestion that it should allow third-party retailers like Amazon and B&N to link to their own download stores within apps like Kindle for iOS, and that its freedom to enter into deals with publishers be curtailed. Unsurprisingly, despite settling with the DoJ previously, five of the big publishing houses are voicing their disapproval of the remedies as well.

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Apple must allow Kindle store links DoJ insists over ebook antitrust

Apple must allow Kindle store links DoJ insists over ebook antitrust

Apple must allow Amazon, B&N, and other ebook sellers to link directly to their stores from their ereading apps, a proposed DoJ ebook antitrust settlement has suggested, as well as forcing Apple to hold off from any multimedia agreements that might increase overall market price for five years. The proposed remedy from the Department of Justice follows Apple being found guilty last month of colluding with publishers to raise ebook pricing and force rivals to the so-called "agency model" and sets out several recommendations for how the Cupertino firm could be prevented from "conspiring to thwart competition" in the years ahead.

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Apple guilty in ebook price-fix trial

Apple guilty in ebook price-fix trial

Apple has been found guilty of ebook price fixing, with a New York federal judge ruling today that the Cupertino firm conspired with publishers to drive up the cost in its iBookstore. The ruling will now be followed by a trial for damages, Reuters reports, which will decide how much Apple must pay the US government and several states.

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Image Comics becomes first US publisher offering DRM-free downloads

Image Comics becomes first US publisher offering DRM-free downloads

Anyone who enjoys comics and prefers to go the digital route knows the frustrating aspect of not actually owning the material. Though the price for online copies of various comics is often equal to the price of a paper copy, DRM has been a staple of major US publishers as a way to mitigate what is expected to be rampant piracy when the restrictions are removed. Image Comics has eschewed this convention, however, announcing that it will allow a digital comic purchase to be downloaded.

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Steve Jobs an ebooks doubter Eddy Cue tells iBooks price fix court

Steve Jobs an ebooks doubter Eddy Cue tells iBooks price fix court

Apple's Steve Jobs had to be convinced of the potential for ebooks on the iPad, Eddy Cue has revealed, describing how he needed to petition for iBooks support during testimony at the ebook price fixing trial this week. Cue first pitched a digital bookstore in 2009, Cue told the court, AllThingsD reports, but Jobs "wasn't interested" as at the time the iPad was yet to be launched. However, after revisiting the idea on the iPad, Jobs gave Cue's team less than three months to get the iBookstore ready for public demo at the first launch event.

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