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Amazon Jet City Comics debuts with George R.R. Martin on board

Amazon Jet City Comics debuts with George R.R. Martin on board

In an effort to dive deep into the comic and graphic novel market, Amazon Publishing has announced that it will be launching a new imprint called Jet City Comics, which will feature works from popular authors such as George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and Neal Stephenson. Amazon plans to release a number of comics throughout the year, starting with the release of "Symposium #1" today.

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Steve Jobs biography paperback version coming in fall with new cover shot

Steve Jobs biography paperback version coming in fall with new cover shot

The best-selling biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson will be getting a paperback version this fall, and it will feature a new cover shot of a young Steve Jobs in a similar pose to that of the current hard-cover version of the biography. The new paperback version will also include and updated afterword section.

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Text-juggling ebook DRM uses unique watermarks to track pirates

Text-juggling ebook DRM uses unique watermarks to track pirates

A new DRM technology is being developed in Germany that gives every ebook a unique watermark of sorts, so that publishers can track them and see who is pirating copies. With the popularity of ereaders and ebooks on the rise, publishers are looking for new ways to combat the rise in piracy on ebooks, especially expensive ones.

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Court considers allowing class-action lawsuit against Google over book digitization

Court considers allowing class-action lawsuit against Google over book digitization

You may recall the backlash against Google over its book digitizing efforts, which many say is copyright infringement and it all eventually leading into a legal battle that has been ongoing for years. Back in 2011, for example, a District Court in NY rejected Google's settlement with the ASA and Author's Guild, and last summer Google moved to have the lawsuit dismissed. Now a court of appeals is considering whether a class-action lawsuit is warranted.

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Kindle for Android update brings Kindle Fire-like design

Kindle for Android update brings Kindle Fire-like design

Amazon has outed an updated for its Kindle app on Android, most notably bringing with it a new design and UI overhaul that mirrors the user interface of the company's Kindle Fire tablet. The updated app includes a redesigned home screen, an improved Kindle Store layout for Android tablets, and navigation changes.

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Eric Schmidt speaks of extremist infiltration of digital marketing in new book

Eric Schmidt speaks of extremist infiltration of digital marketing in new book

The book titled "The New Digital Age" for short, written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google fame, has begun to spill is many angles on the future of our increasingly connected world into the public. In one section of the book titled "The Future of Terrorism", Schmidt and Cohen speak both of the possibilities of an extremist (and/or terrorist) group infiltrating groups of mobile device users and of an actual happening which involved a global extremist group using Motorola mobile-phone businesses in Pakistan to "bombard" the country's national newspaper editors with propaganda.

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Audible offering Windows users free audiobook

Audible offering Windows users free audiobook

In an effort to wean more people onto the Windows platform, Microsoft has partnered up with popular audiobook service Audible to offer Windows users a free audiobook. The offer only applies to users running either Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, and it seems you'll only have your pick from three pre-selected audiobooks being offered.

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Barnes & Noble launches NOOK Press self-publishing platform

Barnes & Noble launches NOOK Press self-publishing platform

In an effort to compete more closely with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble is launching NOOK Press, which is a self-publishing platform that the company hopes will attract more self-publishing authors. NOOK Press is actually a rebranded service from Barnes & Noble's previous PubIt! platform.

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Arthur Frommer buys back namesake travel guides to keep print editions going

Arthur Frommer buys back namesake travel guides to keep print editions going

Back in August of 2012, we first heard rumblings that technology giant Google was going to purchase the popular line of Frommer's travel guides. It was no surprise that Google's main intent was to use the content from these guides to bolster search results having to do with local places and attractions. Last month Google announced that it would stop publishing these guides as print editions.

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Amazon acquires social reading site Goodreads

Amazon acquires social reading site Goodreads

Social reading website Goodreads has been providing book recommendations for quite some time now, but it seems that an even bigger force in the book industry is taking over. Amazon announced today that they have acquired Goodreads for an undisclosed amount of money, but the deal should close by the end of Q2 2013.

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Marvel Unlimited brings 13,000 comics to iOS for $60 a year

Marvel Unlimited brings 13,000 comics to iOS for $60 a year

When you're a real hardcore comic book collector, you don't often think about the idea of owning every single comic book ever made - but Marvel does. As one of the most well-known and well-read comic brands in the industry for many, many years, Marvel Comics began ushering in the digital age several years ago with digital versions of their illustrated stories on the web - and more recently in mobile apps. Now they've brought their ultra-popular unlimited access pass to a 13,000 comic collection - nearly their whole back-catalogue spanning over 70 years - humongous!

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Barnes & Noble reports $6.1m loss in Q3 2013 earnings

Barnes & Noble reports $6.1m loss in Q3 2013 earnings

Barnes & Noble hasn't been looking good lately, and the company's Q3 2013 earnings that were announced today prove that something is going to have to change. Barnes & Noble reported a $6.1 million loss last quarter, which is a far cry from the $52 million the company netted during the same time last year.

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