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Kobo ebook reader sales doubled in 2012

Kobo ebook reader sales doubled in 2012

Kobo has unveiled its 2012 sales, which are reported to have doubled year-over-year. In addition, the company scored 4 million new customers since last summer, giving it a grand total of 12 million registered customers and a cool 20-percent of the ereader market worldwide. Among other things, Fifty Shades of Grey was the most read ebook on the device last year.

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E-reader sales drop as consumers turn to tablets

E-reader sales drop as consumers turn to tablets

When e-ink screen ereaders first hit the market, there was a mixed bag of feedback; some users loved the combination of technology and readability, others hated the slow refresh rate. Over time, the devices made a significant dent in the market, gave the ebook industry a major boost, and prompted writers to challenge traditional publishing conventions. Now it looks like the device, for better or worse, is already losing its appeal as sales numbers dip.

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Apple granted patent for page-turn animation

Apple granted patent for page-turn animation

If you've been a long-time iOS user and also read your fair share of ebooks, then you'll know that Apple implemented a pretty cool page-turning animation when reading ebooks, meaning that sliding your finger across the screen to go to the next page resulted in the page actually turning, just like it would with a real book. And finally, USPTO has granted Apple the patent for that animation.

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DC digital comic books now available for iOS, Kindle, and NOOK devices

DC digital comic books now available for iOS, Kindle, and NOOK devices

DC Comics has announced that it will be offering its comic books on a variety of digital platforms, including Apple's iBooks, Amazon's Kindle, and Barnes & Noble's NOOK ereaders and tablets. Of course, DC Comics has been selling graphic novels in digital form for quite some time, but this is the first time that DC is officially releasing new content on a weekly basis to various big digital platforms.

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Sony Reader Store announces Readers Book Club

Sony Reader Store announces Readers Book Club

The Sony Reader Store has announced the Sony Readers Book Club, a virtual book club for those who prefer to give their literary analysis online rather than in the coffee shop. Once a month, the Sony Reader Store will select one lucky book for the new club. Users can engage with each other via a monthly hosted meeting, which will include an interview with the book's author.

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Humble eBook Bundle adds five new books

Humble eBook Bundle adds five new books

The Humble eBook Bundle has just about a week left to go before it wraps up, and like clockwork, five new books have been tossed into the mix to tempt bookworms who might be on the fence. As with all Humble Bundles before this one, you'll need to pay more than the average to get these five bonus books, whereas those who have already purchased the bundle should see them on their download page now. The addition of these new books brings the total number of eBooks available in the bundle up to 13, which we have to say is pretty awesome.

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