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Google Books wins court case with “fair use”

Google Books wins court case with “fair use”

The lawsuit filed by the Authors' Guild directed towards Google and their project Google Books has ended with Google the victor. According to US District Judge Denny Chin, the plaintiffs' suggestions that Google Books would hurt the market for the original work did not add up against what the project is actually capable of doing. The case ended up centering around "snippets" of books and the idea that Google Books search abilities would or would not result in prospective consumers of these books downloading rather than purchasing books in the Google Books collection.

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Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Nothing fills out a week full of things being on fire like the Internet Archive headquarters burning in a fire. The blaze, which took place earlier this week, was not catastrophic and no one was harmed, but the San Francisco nonprofit is asking for $600,000 in emergency donations from the public to pay for the hefty repairs and to help compensate for the loss of some physical archival material and equipment.

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Harry Potter spin-off films a go

Harry Potter spin-off films a go

Inspired by a textbook mentioned inside the Harry Potter novel series, "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" has been announced by author J.K.Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment to be appearing as a the first in a series of films coming soon (or soonish). This series of movies will begin by focusing on the adventures of the fictitious book's fictitious author: Newt Scamander, and will be neither a prequel nor a sequel to any of the Harry Potter books or movies.

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Google Play gets textbook category as Google dives deep into education

Google Play gets textbook category as Google dives deep into education

More and more tech companies are showing interest in education and helping out students by offering services and features to assist them during their studies. After all, the youth are the future. Google thinks so too and has introduced a textbooks category in Google Play where students can rent and buy digital textbooks.

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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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