DailyTech says a Federal Judge has sided with the U.S. Department of Justice at a preliminary hearing for the Apple Price-fixing Conspiracy law-suit.
CNNMoney reports on Amazon’s plan to monetize Fan Fiction via their new “Kindle Worlds” platform. It will be interesting to see if this works, or if it will become a legal nightmare as non-affiliated “writers” use copyrighted characters and story lines for their own ends.
The idea “sounds” good, but it also has the familiar ring of Google’s constant/ongoing/infinite battles with copyright holders over their efforts to sell scanned Google Books. I cannot see this going smoothly.
Upstart Business Journal has a post about horror author Stephen King forcing his fans to shop in bricks and mortar book stores by releasing a hard-copy-only version of his new book Joyland.
Is the Master of Horror becoming the Master of Market Manipulation? I think this is really just going to guarantee a healthy demand for pirated versions of his titles, and will alienate eBook enthusiasts that King once encouraged to go digital with his Ride the Bullet “Internet” title back in 2000. (Didn’t he help start the eBook Revolution?)
Digital Book World talks about the advantages of author digital book signings.
The Los Angeles Times posted that eBook sales almost doubled in 2012 rising to over $3-Billion.
The Book Seller reports on publishers donating Nook books to encourage London readers.
The TicoTimes says the U.S. Justice Department filed documents accusing Apple of conspiring to raise eBook prices.
According to Smart Planet, Argentina is resistant to eBook adoption.