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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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eMusic and K-NFB Reading ebook distributor merge into Media Arc Inc.

eMusic and K-NFB Reading ebook distributor merge into Media Arc Inc.

Those who have been using digital music since its earliest days will be familiar with eMusic, which offered cheap monthly subscriptions and a relatively large music library. Today, the music service merged with an ebook distributor called K-NFB to form an entirely new company called Media Arc, Inc. The merger was done quietly, only being announced in an email sent out to record labels.

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Government orders Tim Cook to testify in price-fixing lawsuit

Government orders Tim Cook to testify in price-fixing lawsuit

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be required to testify for 4 hours on the eBook price-fixing scandal the company was accused of. Apple is the last company, out of 6, to be testifying in this case. The other companies, which include Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Macmillan have all reached a settlement with the Department of Justice. The companies had to terminate their agreements with Apple and other retailers, and follow a list of guidelines administered by the DoJ to ensure this issue would never happen again.

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Macmillan settles with Department of Justice over collusion accusation

Macmillan settles with Department of Justice over collusion accusation

In April, the Department of Justice sued Apple and five publishers, accusing them of joining together to raise ebook prices in an effort to put the kibosh on Amazon's oft-criticized discounting of bestselling books. Not surprisingly, the accusation was denied, and a few of the publishers settled with the DoJ fairly quickly. Now Macmillan has begrudgingly settled as well, leaving only Apple.

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