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Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Well that was quick. After it was leaked early on, Microsoft has now revealed what’s in store for Windows Insiders in Build 15014, which will eventually be incorporated in April’s Windows 10 Creators Update. And as that early reveal said, Microsoft will be rolling out its own e-book store and makeshift e-book reader. But, there’s also a new would-be feature lurking in that build that will give power users and gamers a bit more control over their power settings. Provided the final feature actually makes the cut.

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Microsoft to get its own ebook store in Windows 10 update

Microsoft to get its own ebook store in Windows 10 update

Microsoft has almost matched its platform rivals Google and Apple in most digital content save for one. While it already does apps, games, videos, and music, it so far hasn’t done digital books yet. That, however, will be changing in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Spotted in an internal build for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft seem to be preparing its own built-in ebook store to complete its digital selection and give Windows 10 users a new way of consuming and buying content without having to resort to Android or iOS platforms.

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Scribd calls it quits on comics in less than a year

Scribd calls it quits on comics in less than a year

Let's be honest. It may have not been the perfect pairing in the first place. Except to its faithful fans, or what's left of them after this, Scribd is perhaps best known for sharing documents, papers, even legal documents. It later broke out into the ebook and audiobook markets and then, February last year, dared to compete with Comixology (ironically now owned by rival Amazon) by offering digital comics. Apparently that didn't turn out so well because after making a big splash about its arrival, Scribd has silently pulled out those comics apparently since last month.

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New Nook on the way from Barnes & Noble, possibly with Google Play support

New Nook on the way from Barnes & Noble, possibly with Google Play support

It's been some time since we've heard about a new Nook e-reader device. That's because book retailer Barnes & Noble stopped making the tablet directly, instead licensing the brand to other manufacturers, such as Samsung. It appears that Barnes & Noble is going to take another stab at it, however, as an FCC listing has recently been discovered for the new Nook Tablet 7.

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With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

Ebooks have made it easier to carry a library's worth of novels and textbooks, and now Amazon's new Page Flip feature for Kindle adds a virtual finger to temporarily hold your place. If you've ever wanted to flip between two points in an ebook without losing your place in the process, the update - coming to Kindle ereaders, Fire tablets, and the Kindle apps - might do the trick.

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Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

If you're an Amazon customer who has bought ebooks in the past, you might have a pleasant surprise waiting for you in your account today as the retail behemoth starts delivering Apple credits. The refund comes as part of Apple's settlement over ebook price fixing allegations, with anybody who bought Kindle titles from five specific publishers due to get a percentage of the purchase price back: today, it's the turn of Amazon's customers.

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Hoopla strikes deal with Dark Horse Comics

Hoopla strikes deal with Dark Horse Comics

Hoopla has announced a new deal with Dark Horse Comics, bringing some of the publisher’s titles to its own digital service. This follows similar deals Hoopla has struck with other publisher, first with D.C. Comics earlier this year, and back in August with Image Comics. As part of the newest deal, Hoopla will add Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sin City, and more.

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Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Sometimes, it takes an upstart startup to shake up an industry and force spur moving giants into action. But sometimes, those startups don't get to fully experience the fruits of their herculean labors. That might be the case of Oyster, popularly nicknamed the Netflix for books as its founders announced on the company blog that they will be sunsetting the service in several months. Speculations point to a yet to be confirmed hiring by Google of some of Oyster's staff, practically assimilating the service into its own Google Play Books.

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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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Hoopla strikes digital deal with DC Comics

Hoopla strikes digital deal with DC Comics

Earlier this month, Marvel and Amazon struck a deal that resulted in more than 12,000 comic books arriving on the Kindle store. Following that, DC Comics has announced a similar deal with Hoopla. Last month Hoopla announced an expansion of its digital comics offerings, and now the company has struck up a partnership with DC Comics that will see the latter company rolling out a couple hundred of its own works on the service. First will come an initial release of 25 graphic novels.

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Amazon to start paying authors by number of pages read

Amazon to start paying authors by number of pages read

It seems that the world's largest e-book seller-sometimes-publisher might be turning the market on its head. Word has gotten out that Amazon will be changing the rules of the game when it come to books in its Kindle Select library that are self-published and distributed through its Kindle Direct Publishing program. In short, mostly indies. Instead of a fixed amount per book sold, the new program will pay authors by the number of pages that a reader actually reads, a change that will have two-edged effects in this industry.

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Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

Amazon has added audiobook reading to its Echo personal assistant, allowing the pillar-like speaker to regale owners with Audible ebooks. The update is the latest in a series of improvements to Echo which Amazon has pushed out, and follows Google Calendar integration which was installed late last month. Echo will also synchronize its place in each audiobook with Amazon's apps on other platforms, to make the listening experience effectively seamless.

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