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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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Barnes & Noble NOOK app for PC and Mac discontinued

Barnes & Noble NOOK app for PC and Mac discontinued

Barnes & Noble's NOOK business has been mediocre at best, mostly due to stiff competition from Amazon and its Kindle business. In what looks to be an effort to put more focus on mobile devices and reading on the go, Barnes & Noble has quietly discontinued its native app for both Windows and Mac (except Windows 8, pictured below), redirecting users to the web app instead.

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Stephen King shuns ebooks

Stephen King shuns ebooks

Stephen King is shunning ebooks in favor of traditional print runs for his new novel, Joyland, the outspoken author has revealed, confirming he has "no plans for a digital version." King - whose new book is released in the US from June 4, though as a printed title only - specifically retained the digital publication rights so that physical copies could be prioritized.

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Google Play Books adds ebook uploading feature

Google Play Books adds ebook uploading feature

With the advent of ebook readers, not to mention the digitization of media in general, many individuals find themselves gravitating towards electronic books, which have several advantages over traditional paper-bound books, including portability and the ability to share across multiple mediums. Because of this, Google has announced a Google Play Books update adding support for uploading ebook files.

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Ebooks represent nearly a quarter of 2012 publisher sales

Ebooks represent nearly a quarter of 2012 publisher sales

The Association of American Publishers has published its 2012 revenue data, which shows that ebooks have grown steadily over the last decade and now represent nearly a quarter of US publishers' sales at 22.55-percent. The industry saw a fairly large rise in revenue of 6-percent last year over 2011, and while the substantial number of ebook revenue has shown a steady increase in electronic books, there's an indication that 2013 could see a slowing.

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