A court in the Netherlands has tossed out a cases against a Dutch man who uploaded more than 5,000 ebooks to The Pirate Bay, saying the matter isn't criminal and should be dealt with in civil court. This is the latest blow to the anti-piracy group BREIN, which isn't happy with the ruling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scribd has launched a competing service to Oyster, which we detailed back on September 6, expanding on the aforementioned company's efforts by supporting Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web in addition to iOS. The ebook service, simply called Scribd, is priced at $8.99 USD per month and gets one access to all the books they want from the service's ebook library.
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.
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.
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."
Earlier today the next-generation Kindle Paperwhite was posted briefly on Amazon's website, only to be pulled a short while later. Now it is time for its official unveiling, with Amazon sending out a press release containing the details, some of which we already saw this morning, as well as more information about the Goodreads integration and FreeTime functionality.
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.