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Oyster ditches invitation limitation, brings iPad support

Oyster ditches invitation limitation, brings iPad support

Oyster debuted as an all-you-can-read monthly ebook subscription service that works in a way similar to Netflix, only for books. The service is only available for iOS users, and at the time only an iPhone app was available, with use being limited to invitation-only. Fast-forward several weeks, and now iPad support has been added, as well as a removal of that invitation-only limitation.

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Scribd launches cross-platform ebook subscription service

Scribd launches cross-platform ebook subscription service

Scribd has launched a competing service to Oyster, which we detailed back on September 6, expanding on the aforementioned company's efforts by supporting Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web in addition to iOS. The ebook service, simply called Scribd, is priced at $8.99 USD per month and gets one access to all the books they want from the service's ebook library.

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Sony Reader PRS-T3 won’t be launched in US due to market changes

Sony Reader PRS-T3 won’t be launched in US due to market changes

On September 5, Sony rolled out the red carpet for its latest Sony Reader, the PRS-T3 with a built-in snap cover and touchscreen display. Since then, the Reader has gone up for sale in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere while interested buyers in the US were left waiting for more information. Unfortunately, that wait has been in vain, with Sony saying it won't be for sale in the United States.

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Apple ebook case injunction issued with five-year restrictions and compliance monitoring

Apple ebook case injunction issued with five-year restrictions and compliance monitoring

The Apple ebook price-fixing legal spat has been a long one, with the Department of Justice and Apple butting heads over various aspects of the case, not the least of which was what Apple called "draconian" suggestions on the DoJ's part. The Justice Department later agreed to modify some of its penalties, most of which have been included in an injunction filing that was released today.

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Oyster launches monthly ebook subscription service with all-you-can-read access

Oyster launches monthly ebook subscription service with all-you-can-read access

Using a subscription model that has presently been found almost exclusively in video-based services, Oyster has announced the launch of a (currently invite-only) monthly ebook subscription service, allowing subscribers to have all-you-can-read access to its library of digital books. At the moment, Oyster says it offers about 100,000 titles and it aims to provide an all-in-one "reading experience."

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Kindle Paperwhite 2 becomes official, goes up for pre-order

Kindle Paperwhite 2 becomes official, goes up for pre-order

Earlier today the next-generation Kindle Paperwhite was posted briefly on Amazon's website, only to be pulled a short while later. Now it is time for its official unveiling, with Amazon sending out a press release containing the details, some of which we already saw this morning, as well as more information about the Goodreads integration and FreeTime functionality.

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Kindle MatchBook introduced with discounted digital copies for hardback book buyers

Kindle MatchBook introduced with discounted digital copies for hardback book buyers

Amazon has announced a new service for certain customers who purchase the physical version of a book called Amazon MatchBook. Under the program, those buyers will be able to grab the digital copy of the same book for a steeply discounted rate, a sort of subsidized legal format shifting endeavor that gives readers the option of having an extra-portable version on their Kindle slate.

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Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

This afternoon Apple has been denied the right to suspend the verdict handed down in its defense against charges of conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books. At the moment this means that Apple is sentenced to terminate current agency agreements with publishers and hold off any multimedia agreements that could in any way increase overall market prices on e-books for the next five years.

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Google Play Store launches textbooks in time for fall semester

Google Play Store launches textbooks in time for fall semester

On July 24, we reported that Google would be adding textbooks to the Play Store some time this month, doing so in time for students to get their hands (er, tablets) on digital textbooks before the fall semester kicks off. As it turns out, today was that day, and the Google Play Store is now home to a nice array of educational ebooks.

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Apple: “Draconian” DoJ antitrust remedies are “wildly out of proportion”

Apple: “Draconian” DoJ antitrust remedies are “wildly out of proportion”

Apple has blasted Department of Justice suggestions for how it should remedy the ebook price fixing issue, describing the fixes as a "draconian and punitive intrusion" into its business. The DoJ filed a list of remedies earlier today, including forcing Apple to allow rival ebook vendors such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble to include direct links to their own ebook stores from their apps, along with employing an "external monitor" - paid with Apple's own dime - to police the Cupertino firm. Unsurprisingly, Apple believes the suggestions are "wildly out of proportion" to the anti-competition findings, which it still claims are false.

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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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