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iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

With the end of 2013 closing in, Apple's annual App Store and iTunes numbers are in, and among them we find an eclectic mix of apps, albums, movies, books, and other varied content categories. Not surprisingly, "Candy Crush" topped the free iPhone apps chart, beating out Google's YouTube app and similar, while Macklemore makes a double appearance on the music charts, Gravity trumps all other movies, and Happy Tree Friends takes top slot in the podcast category. Read on to find out what other content took 2013 by storm.

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Nook GlowLight unveiled with design overhaul and improved glow

Nook GlowLight unveiled with design overhaul and improved glow

It was a bit over a year ago that Barnes and Noble introduced its Simple Touch with GlowLight ereader, something that has become old news as of today as the company announced the Nook GlowLight -- no Simple Touch to be found. This ereader is said to be a complete redesign on all fronts, bringing readers both hardware changes and updates to the system's interface, as well as more seamless page flipping.

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Amazon Kindle MatchBook launches today: digitizing your paper library

Amazon Kindle MatchBook launches today: digitizing your paper library

This morning the service known as Amazon Kindle MatchBook launched with a whopping 70,000 books in its employ. This service takes a listing of books you've purchased (through Amazon) in physical form and offers them up to you in digital format for relatively low prices. Originally suggested to be hitting the books with 10,000 copies, imagine our surprise today when the service launched with seven times that amount.

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Oyster ditches invitation limitation, brings iPad support

Oyster ditches invitation limitation, brings iPad support

Oyster debuted as an all-you-can-read monthly ebook subscription service that works in a way similar to Netflix, only for books. The service is only available for iOS users, and at the time only an iPhone app was available, with use being limited to invitation-only. Fast-forward several weeks, and now iPad support has been added, as well as a removal of that invitation-only limitation.

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Sony Reader PRS-T3 won’t be launched in US due to market changes

Sony Reader PRS-T3 won’t be launched in US due to market changes

On September 5, Sony rolled out the red carpet for its latest Sony Reader, the PRS-T3 with a built-in snap cover and touchscreen display. Since then, the Reader has gone up for sale in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere while interested buyers in the US were left waiting for more information. Unfortunately, that wait has been in vain, with Sony saying it won't be for sale in the United States.

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Apple ebook case injunction issued with five-year restrictions and compliance monitoring

Apple ebook case injunction issued with five-year restrictions and compliance monitoring

The Apple ebook price-fixing legal spat has been a long one, with the Department of Justice and Apple butting heads over various aspects of the case, not the least of which was what Apple called "draconian" suggestions on the DoJ's part. The Justice Department later agreed to modify some of its penalties, most of which have been included in an injunction filing that was released today.

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Oyster launches monthly ebook subscription service with all-you-can-read access

Oyster launches monthly ebook subscription service with all-you-can-read access

Using a subscription model that has presently been found almost exclusively in video-based services, Oyster has announced the launch of a (currently invite-only) monthly ebook subscription service, allowing subscribers to have all-you-can-read access to its library of digital books. At the moment, Oyster says it offers about 100,000 titles and it aims to provide an all-in-one "reading experience."

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