U.S. Senator tells DOJ to drop Apple’s eBook price-fixing suit

U.S. Senator tells DOJ to drop Apple’s eBook price-fixing suit

By on July 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Apple eBook Price-Fixing Lawsuit

United States Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has written an open letter to the Department of Justice, which was published by The Wall Street Journal, telling the agency to drop the eBook price-fixing lawsuit against Apple (AAPL) and two other major book publishers. Schumer warns that the suit could “wipe out the publishing industry as we know it, making it much harder for young authors to get published.” The senator also notes that “the suit will restore Amazon to the dominant position atop the e-books market, if that happens, consumers will be forced to accept whatever prices Amazon sets.” More →

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Barnes & Noble’s first big move since tie-up with Microsoft: Help users ditch tablets

Barnes & Noble’s first big move since tie-up with Microsoft: Help users ditch tablets

By on July 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM.

Barnes & Nobile Nook For Web

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft announced in late April that the companies were uniting in a spinoff that would focus on B&N’s digital Nook business, and now the company has made its first major announcement since the deal was completed. While the bookseller has focused mainly on its own eReaders as well as tablet and smartphone apps with its Nook strategy, the company’s first move since the Microsoft deal is to give readers a way to ditch tablets and read Nook books on their PCs. “Nook for Web” is a direct response to Amazon’s Web-based Kindle offering, allowing customers to read books right from within their Web browsers. “There’s no need to download special software to access your digital library,” B&N’s digital boss Jamie Iannone said. “NOOK for Web seamlessly combines Barnes & Noble’s best-in-class digital reading experience and unrivaled NOOK Store to deliver an immersive, easy-to-use solution for readers to consume millions of titles right from their Web browser.” Nook for Web is available immediately at no additional cost to users, and Barnes & Noble’s press release follows below. More →

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Apple DOJ eBook trial set for next summer

Apple DOJ eBook trial set for next summer

By on June 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM.

Apple eBook Trail Set For July 3rd 2013

Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has set the date for Apple’s eBook antitrust trial, Reuters reported. The Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against the Cupertino-based company and five other major book publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin — in April that alleged the companies were conspiring to fix eBook prices. Apple, along with the publishers Macmillan and Penguin Group, are fighting the antitrust case, while News Corp’s HarperCollins, CBS’s Simon & Schuster and Hachette Book Group have agreed to settle the case out of court. Judge Cote gave the three publishers until the end of the summer to propose a settlement offer to resolve the claims, however if a resolution cannot be met, a trial is set for June 3rd, 2013. More →

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Bot-written plays compiled from YouTube troll comments hit Kindle store

Bot-written plays compiled from YouTube troll comments hit Kindle store

By on June 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

YouTube Comment EBooks

Among the countless phenomena brought about by the Internet, comment trolls are undoubtedly among the most anomalous. These curious creatures make their way across the Web leaving a trail of unintelligible “flame bait” in their wake, often making it impossible for others to engage in intelligent conversation. We know them well. While most would be hard-pressed to find a use for these trolls, a pair of artist-coders have managed to turn the ridiculous hate-filled ramblings of thousands of YouTube comment trolls into a series of plays that are now available as eBooks. More →

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Amazon to launch color Kindle eReader later this year, report claims

Amazon to launch color Kindle eReader later this year, report claims

By on May 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM.

Amazon Kindle Color eReader

Amazon will reportedly launch a new version of its Kindle eBook reader later this year that features a color display with a capacitive touch panel. Citing multiple unnamed sources within Amazon’s supply chain, Digitimes on Thursday reported that Amazon is currently beginning to place parts orders for the new Kindle, which will launch some time in the second half of 2012. The site also claims Amazon will likely make use of new color display panels from E Ink, and TPK Holding Company will supply the multi-touch panels. Digitimes reported in February that Amazon’s color eReader would launch as soon as March, however the company has yet to unveil any such product. More →

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Happy 'International Day Against DRM'

Happy 'International Day Against DRM'

By on May 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

Celebrate the International Day Against DRM

The Free Software Foundation has created a campaign in an effort to eliminate digital rights management (DRM) and embrace DRM-free media. “While DRM has largely been defeated in downloaded music, it is a growing problem in the area of eBooks, where people have had their books restricted so they can’t freely loan, re-sell or donate them, read them without being tracked, or move them to a new device without re-purchasing all of them,” the campaign’s website reads. “They’ve even had their eBooks deleted by companies without their permission. It continues to be a major issue in the area of movies and video too.” The foundation is hoping to raise awareness surrounding what it views to be a growing problem, and it scheduled the “International Day Against DRM” protest for May 4th as a result. A list of local events can be found on the group’s website. More →

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Barnes & Noble plans to bring NFC to the Nook

Barnes & Noble plans to bring NFC to the Nook

By on May 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM.

Barnes & Noble to bring NFC to the Nook

Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader business is expected to see continued growth and was recently spun off into a new subsidiary that Microsoft invested $300 million in. The company’s CEO William Lynch sat down with Fortune and spoke about the future of the Nook business, and the executive said NFC-equipped Nook eReaders will be released as early as this year. “We’re going to start embedding NFC chips into our Nooks,” the CEO said. “We can work with the publishers so they would ship a copy of each hardcover with an NFC chip embedded with all the editorial reviews they can get on BN.com. And if you had your Nook, you can walk up to any of our pictures, any our aisles, any of our bestseller lists, and just touch the book, and get information on that physical book on your Nook and have some frictionless purchase experience. That’s coming, and we could lead in that area.” More →

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Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble

Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble

By on April 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Microsoft buys part of Barnes & Noble

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble on Monday announced the formation of a new partnership that will spin the bookseller’s digital Nook and College businesses into a new unnamed subsidiary. Microsoft’s investment of $300 million will bring it a 17% stake in the newly formed business, which is valued at $1.7 billion, and Barnes & Noble will own approximately 82.4% of the new company. “The formation of [this new subsidiary] and our relationship with Microsoft are important parts of our strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth of the NOOK business, and to solidify our position as a leader in the exploding market for digital content in the consumer and education segments,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “Microsoft’s investment in Newco, and our exciting collaboration to bring world-class digital reading technologies and content to the Windows platform and its hundreds of millions of users, will allow us to significantly expand the business.” Share of Barnes & Noble stock surged 80% in pre-market trading on the news. Barnes & Noble’s full press release follows below. More →

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Barnes & Noble says new glowing Nook eReader will ship early in limited supply

Barnes & Noble says new glowing Nook eReader will ship early in limited supply

By on April 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM.

Barnes & Noble on Tuesday announced that its new Nook Simple Touch eBook reader will begin shipping ahead of schedule over the next week. The bookseller unveiled its new Nook eReader earlier this month, and the response has been positive thus far. BGR reviewed the original Nook Simple Touch and found it to be a terrific device, though Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem posed the eReader’s biggest hurdle. The new Simple Touch model is very similar to the earlier version, however it includes a new “GlowLight” display that allows users to read in the dark without sacrificing the clarity and look of the E Ink display. Strong demand for the new Nook will result in a limited supply, but Barnes & Noble said that pre-orders placed on its website will ship in time for Mother’s Day. Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch its own front-lit eReader in the coming months, as well as a new model with a color E Ink display. Barnes & Noble’s full press release follows below. More →

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Apple welcomes trial over eBook price-fixing allegations

Apple welcomes trial over eBook price-fixing allegations

By on April 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM.

Apple wants to go to trial to defend itself against allegations made the United States government surround a price-fixing scheme, Reuters reported on Wednesday.  “Our basic view is that we would like the case to be decided on the merits,” Apple lawyer, Daniel Floyd, told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote. “We believe that this is not an appropriate case against us and we would like to validate that.” The Department of Justice last week accused the Cupertino-based company and five book publishers of conspiring to fix electronic book prices through Apple’s iBookstore. According to the DOJ’s case, Apple agreed in 2010 to allow some of the top book publishers to set their own prices. Since then, prices have risen and other online retailers such as Amazon have been under pressure from publishers to raise their discounted prices as well. The Justice Department claims Apple colluded with Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Group and Macmillan to control prices. The the next hearing in the trial is scheduled for June 22nd. More →

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Apple to DOJ: We’re the good guys, not the bad guys

Apple to DOJ: We’re the good guys, not the bad guys

By on April 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

In a filing with the United States district court for southern New York, Apple claims the Department of Justice has its story all wrong. The Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Apple and multiple book publishers earlier this week alleging that the group colluded to fix the prices of electronic books. In a recently released document filed with the court on Wednesday, Apple’s counsel addressed the charges by claiming the DOJ has its story backwards — Apple wasn’t working with publishers to fix eBook prices, it was breaking Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” on the eBook market and the publishing industry. Read on for more. More →

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Australian government considering lawsuit against Apple over eBook price-fixing

Australian government considering lawsuit against Apple over eBook price-fixing

By on April 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has urged local retailers to voice their concerns about eBook price-fixing as it considers a lawsuit against Apple and five of the world’s largest book publishers, The Financial Review reported on Thursday. “The ACCC has previously stated that impediments to emerging competition involving online traders is an area of priority,” a spokesperson said. “Competition concerns may arise where traders seek to restrict the discounting of products by way of respective arrangements with suppliers. Retailers with concerns should raise them with the ACCC.” The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a similar suit against Apple, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Group and Macmillan for allegedly conspiring to fix eBook prices. More →

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