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Amazon Pulls the Plug on Lendle Lending Service

Amazon Pulls the Plug on Lendle Lending Service

Once Amazon decided to let Kindle users lend out books, it was only a matter of time until services sprung up to open up lending to the wider world. Lendle was one of those services, but now Amazon has pulled the plug on them. Today, Lendle's website states: "Amazon has revoked Lendle’s API access. Unfortunately, Lendle is unavailable indefinitely. We will do everything we can to restore service soon."

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HarperCollins limits downloads on public library eBooks

HarperCollins limits downloads on public library eBooks

I will never understand why the publishing world thinks that allowing digital content and downloads will hurt their business anymore than allowing rentals of physical content does. In some libraries you can check out eBooks just as you do physical books. This makes sense for the library because it can have more copies that of a book without needing more space. It's better for the reader too because they can get what they want when they want it on their eReader.

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Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

For a while now we, at Creative Strategies, have been involved in projects within the digital reader ecosystem. We have been talking and working with both publishers and hardware OEM’s who either have a presence or want a presence in this market. E-Readers and Tablet sales combined could be between 60-70 million in 2011*.

Regardless of where we are now in the adoption cycle of e-readers and tablets one thing is now clear: the shift from analog to digital in books is happening rapidly.

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Random House ebooks make early iBookstore debut

Random House ebooks make early iBookstore debut

Ebooks from publisher Random House have begun to show up in Apple's iBookstore, ahead of what's likely to be a name-check at the iPad 2 event in just a few hours time. The publisher had announced a switch to so-called Agency Pricing - in which publishers not retailers set the consumer prices for each electronic title, and then provide the retailers with a commission for the sale - earlier in the week.

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B&N NOOKcolor took retailer’s top spot; almost 1m ebooks sold on Dec 25 [Updated]

B&N NOOKcolor took retailer’s top spot; almost 1m ebooks sold on Dec 25 [Updated]

Barnes & Noble has announced that its NOOK range has become the retailer's biggest selling line in the company's history, with the NOOKcolor taking the number one spot as the best-selling gift of the holidays. Meanwhile, almost one million B&N ebooks were purchased on Christmas Day, despite widespread reports of server issues plaguing the service for the holiday weekend.

Updated with B&N statement on the server outages after the cut

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Kindle ebook loans now available

Kindle ebook loans now available

Amazon has turned on Kindle ebook loans in the US, meaning readers can now share certain titles with their friends for a limited period. Announced back in October 2010, the functionality allows ebooks to be loaned to a single person for up to 14 days, though during that period the original owner will not be able to access it themselves.

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Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple has been accused of selling pirated ebooks by Japanese authors in its iBookstore, with titles by high-profile authors such as Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino among the texts. According to a consortium of Japanese publishers, "some of the works have been deleted in response to requests from authors and publishers but a majority of them continue to be illegally distributed."

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Amazon WikiLeaks ebook back on sale as retailer denies hypocrisy

Amazon WikiLeaks ebook back on sale as retailer denies hypocrisy

The WikiLeaks Kindle ebook on Amazon UK has is prompting further controversy, with Amazon adding a statement to the product page and various reports that the author had taken the text down. However, at time of writing the ebook is still listed as available to buy, albeit with the added proviso that "This book contains commentary and analysis regarding recent WikiLeaks disclosures, not the original material disclosed via the WikiLeaks website."

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WikiLeaks Kindle ebook appears on Amazon

WikiLeaks Kindle ebook appears on Amazon

No small amount of irony today, as a Kindle version of the full WikiLeaks cables turns up on Amazon. The site content itself was yanked from the online retailer's hosting arm last week, over allegations that the leaked cables contravene the AWS terms of service; however, as reviewers have been quick to flag up, that doesn't stop Amazon making some money on sales of the ebook.

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Google eBookstore official: iOS & Android apps, plus eBook Web Reader

Google eBookstore official: iOS & Android apps, plus eBook Web Reader

Google has launched its play for the ebook market, in the shape of the new Google eBookstore along with ereader apps for Android and for iOS devices. Offering over 3m titles - made up of new bestsellers and free public-domain ebooks - the Google eBookstore also supports an online eBooks Web Reader, with browser-based access to a cloud-store of content.

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Barnes & Noble finances released: saved by NOOK

Barnes & Noble finances released: saved by NOOK

Barnes & Noble has announced its latest quarterly financial results, and the retailer has its digital arm to thank for its 1-percent year-on-year sales growth. According to the results, online sales - including NOOK and ebooks - increased 59-percent over last year, whereas in-store sales decreased by 3-percent. B&N now reckons it has around 20-percent of the ebook market.

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Sony Reader relaunch in Japan due December 10

Sony Reader relaunch in Japan due December 10

Sony is having a second stab at their domestic ereader market, with the WSJ reporting that as of December 10 two models from the company's latest line-up will go on sale in Japan. The Sony PRS-350 Pocket Edition and PRS-650 Touch Edition will be priced at around 20,000 yen and 25,000 yen ($239 and $299) respectively, and is in the midst of negotiations with Japanese publishers.

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