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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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Barnes & Noble offering free Nook Simple Touch with Nook HD+ order

Barnes & Noble offering free Nook Simple Touch with Nook HD+ order

Barnes & Noble has a deal for those looking to get a new ereader. Those who buy a Nook HD+ device starting tomorrow until the end of the month (March 31) will get a Nook Simple Touch for free. This is the latest promotion from a company that has had pretty regular specials and deals, including some earlier this month.

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IDC: Low cost Android tablets take lead in tablet market

IDC: Low cost Android tablets take lead in tablet market

The IDC recently had to adjust its numbers for its 2013 forecasted market share. It didn't expect there to be so many low-cost budget Android tablets to be announced this year, like the HP Slate that goes for $169. The IDC has increased its 2013 forecast for the tablet market from 172.4 million units shipped worldwide to 190.9 million. It also believes that tablet shipments will see an 11% increase annually between 2013 and 2016.

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Barnes & Noble expecting huge loss in NOOK business

Barnes & Noble expecting huge loss in NOOK business

Barnes & Noble will announce its Q3 2013 earnings next week, but things aren't looking good for the book-selling franchise. The company expects a higher loss from its NOOK business for fiscal year 2013 than originally expected in January. The company didn't reveal specific numbers, but their earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization showed a loss of $262 million for their fiscal year 2012, and they expect 2013 to be even worse.

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Amazon Kindle ebook rentals take the time out of reading

Amazon Kindle ebook rentals take the time out of reading

This week Amazon has unveiled Kindle book rentals in an extremely quiet fashion, opting to test it out with the public before doing any sort of press on the topic - but you can try it out right this minute if you wish. What you're going to be doing here is renting a title for a certain amount of time, with the price going up based on how many months you'd like to keep it around. Thirty day increments appear at the moment to be the turn-over for how much you'll be paying, 30, 60, 90, and 120 day periods being available for less than a dollar difference.

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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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Pearson to invest $89.5m in Barnes & Noble NOOK business

Pearson to invest $89.5m in Barnes & Noble NOOK business

Barnes & Noble announced today that Pearson, a British publisher and education company, will be investing $89.5 million in Barnes & Noble‘s NOOK business for a 5% stake, valuing the business at $1.79 billion, which is up from $1.7 billion earlier this spring. Barnes & Noble will own 78.2% of its NOOK business after this is all said and done.

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Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s star product for holiday sales

Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s star product for holiday sales

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD was the retail giant's best-selling product over the holiday season, with the Android-based ereader-tablet also the most gifted and most-wished-for item on the virtual shelves. The company still refuses to give specific sales figures, but says that the Kindle Fire HD has held the top spot in all three categories since it landed fifteen weeks ago.

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NOOK HD and HD+ take Kindle’s former place on Walmart shelves

NOOK HD and HD+ take Kindle’s former place on Walmart shelves

Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD and HD+ tablets are headed to Walmart, with the Android duo expanding their footprint as they attempt to snatch sales from Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus slates. Priced from $199 for the 7-inch HD model, and from $269 for the 9-inch HD+, the tablets will be offered both in Walmart's retail stores and via its site.

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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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The Day of the Cheap Ereaders

The Day of the Cheap Ereaders

Today is the day that you're going to want to purchase one of two ereaders if you've not already done so - and if you want one, of course: both the Nook Simple Touch and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD have had their prices slashed this morning. The oddest thing has happened - two of the biggest competitors in the ereader space have discounted one of their hero devices - imagine that! Of course the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is not even beginning to be the same sort of tablet as the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch when it comes down to it, but they're both on the cut - and in Amazon's case, just for today!

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Barnes & Noble slashes Nook Simple Touch price to $79

Barnes & Noble slashes Nook Simple Touch price to $79

If you're still in holiday shopping mode, Barnes & Noble has announced a price cut on its digital reading device called the Nook Simple Touch. The digital reader previously cost $99 and Barnes & Noble has now cut the price to $79. The new price went into effect on December 9 and the new price appears to be permanent.

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