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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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Apple: We’re publishing’s saviors not ebook price-fixers

Apple: We’re publishing’s saviors not ebook price-fixers

Apple has vehemently denied conspiring with publishing industry heavyweights to artificially inflate ebook pricing, countering Department of Justice claims that Steve Jobs attempted price fixing with the argument that Apple and the rights holders were in fact strongly opposed throughout negotiations. Apple, representatives from which appeared in a New York court on Monday this week as the latest phase of the ebook price fix case kicks off, argued that the DoJ's assertion that Steve Jobs and the five big publishing houses were working together to force ebook prices up from the $9.99 Amazon had been commonly charging, to the $12.99-14.99 of the agency model, was patently false, and that the former-CEO's emails with publisher counterparts were being taken out of context.

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Apple ebook trial set to begin Monday

Apple ebook trial set to begin Monday

Starting tomorrow, Apple will be part of a trial in which federal and state authorities have suggested the latter company was part of ebook price-fixing. This trial will work with allegations that Apple has conspired with publishers to artificially raise the price of ebooks for sale in the iTunes Store for devices like the iPad and the iPhone. This trial was originally set to include five of the six largest book publishers in the US and was originally filed in April of 2012.

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Apple likely to lose ebook price-fix case hints judge before trial even starts

Apple likely to lose ebook price-fix case hints judge before trial even starts

Apple is unlikely to be able to counter evidence that it conspired with publishers to inflate ebook prices, the federal judge overseeing the case has said in a surprise pre-trial comment, though the Cupertino firm vehemently disagrees. The case, set to be heard from June 3, sees the US Justice Department allege Apple along with five big name publishers aimed to raise the price of ebooks for the launch of iBooks. Apple is the final hold-out, after the publishers settled with the DoJ, but according to US District Judge Denise Cote, Reuters reports, the evidence prepared seems sufficiently damning.

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Kindle Worlds tries to make fan-fiction pay

Kindle Worlds tries to make fan-fiction pay

Amazon has launched Kindle Worlds, its latest publishing push, and aiming to commercialize fan-fiction - just as long as the original creators approve. The new division of Amazon Publishing has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to give fanfic authors using characters from Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, or Vampire Diaries permission to sell their titles to Kindle readers, with everyone getting a cut of the purchase price.

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Samsung files for ebook page turning patent

Samsung files for ebook page turning patent

Samsung has filed for a patent on paging turning in ebooks, specifically on those fancy page curling/rolling effects that aim to give digital paper a realistic feel. The filing appeared at the US Patent and Trademark Office last week, and reveals a decidedly involved and thought-driven look at the art of turning digital pages. You can check out a diagram of the page-turning after the jump.

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