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Australian watchdog circling around Apple ebook price fixing

Australian watchdog circling around Apple ebook price fixing

Apple won’t be feeling the pressure of price fixing ebook practises in just the United States: now the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is said to be mulling the idea of bringing a lawsuit against Apple for similar reasons. The Next Web reports that the ACCC has begun to ask retailers to shed light on the issue while it considers taking action against Apple.

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Amazon Kindle Lending Library reaches 100,000 titles

Amazon Kindle Lending Library reaches 100,000 titles

The Amazon Kindle Lending Library, which can probably best be described as Netflix for e-books, now gives subscribers an amazing 100,000 titles they can read for free. The retailer hit the skyhigh milestone after recently releasing a large update of books. It is growing to become one of the best features of Amazon Prime, and of the Kindle platform as well.

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Google cuts back e-book affiliate program

Google cuts back e-book affiliate program

Google has closed off its online affiliate program for digital books to the public, saying it just didn't pan out the way the company expected. The program attracted a lot of users but very few who actually sent through worthwhile sales. The initiative was only launched about eight months ago, in June, and now Google says it will work better if it operates as a private program with select partners.

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Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

We've heard plenty of speculation surrounding Apple's upcoming event in New York City, where the company is expected to unveil an educational product. It's believed to be a digital textbook publishing tool or a "GarageBand for eBooks," a project that Steve Jobs himself worked on for several years before his death. And now, tips from AppleInsider reveal some more details about the project, including that it's internally code-named "Bliss."

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Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Several major e-book publisher apps, including Amazon's Kindle, Google Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook, had their store links stripped away yesterday as Apple's new in-app purchasing policy was laid down in full force. The Kobo store and e-reader was among these apps, but today announced an HTML5 web app alternative for customers to continue purchasing e-books from the Kobo store in a convenient way.

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Amazon offers up to 80% off digital textbook rentals

Amazon offers up to 80% off digital textbook rentals

Amazon has gone and done all the college students out there a solid with a new savings program for textbooks. Amazon is offering students 80% off the price of any print textbook as a digital rental on the Kindle. That means you can get your books in digital format, save a ton of loot, and hit the parents up for a new eReader with justification. The only downside I see is that you won't be able to sell your books for beer money after dropping a class.

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iRiver Story HD Review

iRiver Story HD Review

The iRiver Story HD is touted as the very first e-reader to have Google eBookstore integration. The original iRiver Story has been called an Amazon Kindle clone, but this new model affixed with “HD” to its name now sports a higher XGA (1024x768) resolution display and some unusual design tweaks. Priced to compete with the Kindle at $139, the iRiver Story HD is hitting stores July 17, but should you plan to pick one up? Continue after the cut for the full review.

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Al Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Make First Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform, Push Pop Press

Al Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Make First Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform, Push Pop Press

E-books have become increasingly popular with the adoption of eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble NOOK, with even library lending of e-books on the rise. Stepping up from eReaders we get full on tablets that add another level of full color touchscreen interactivity. But up until now, e-books have remained just static digital versions of the original. That's about to change.

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Amazon Library Lending for Kindle eBooks coming later in 2011

Amazon Library Lending for Kindle eBooks coming later in 2011

Unofficial ebook libraries, where users share digital books between themselves, have flourished in a murky legal halfway house so far, but Amazon is looking to make the whole thing official - albeit on its own terms. Later this year will see the launch of Library Lending for Kindle Books, offering Kindle-format ebooks from 11,000 libraries across the US.

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Google Books App Update Includes iPad Landscape Mode

Google Books App Update Includes iPad Landscape Mode

The Google Books app for iOS devices has just been updated with several new features including landscape viewing mode optimized for iPads. The app still lags behind apps for Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBooks, and the Barnes & Noble Nook, but this new update shows more effort.

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Google Books Settlement Gets Rejected By U.S. District Court

Google Books Settlement Gets Rejected By U.S. District Court

Earlier today a U.S. District Court in New York rejected Google’s book settlement with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers. The Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA) allowed Google to scan whatever books it wanted and index them online.

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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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