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Amazon Credits coming from Apple eBook Price-Fixing Settlement

MacRumors reports that Amazon is sending out credits to purchase eBooks in this second round of refunds from the Apple eBook Price-Fixing Settlement. (Hard to believe the conspiracy started back in 2010.)


eReader Sales Continue to Rise in 2017

GoodeReader says eReaders (in all their E Inky Glory) are showing signs of a comeback in 2017. Signs point to Amazon waking out of its complacency after seeing its Kindle challenged by international eReading competitors Kobo Aura, Onyx and others.


Amazon Releases First Waterproof Kindle eReader

Android Police reviews Amazon’s first waterproof eReader the Kindle Oasis with 7-inch display and compares it to its predecessors.


Indie Authors Interested in Blockchain Security

The Observer says that Blockchain technology may be a good fit for Indie authors and eBook publishing in a digital content marketplace undermined by piracy and illegal file sharing.


eBook Sales increase in May

Publishers Weekly reported on a 2.4% increase in eBook sales in May of 2017 for the first time in two years.

The eBook format has a loyal following that is only encouraged as the legacy publishers remember the highly profitable early days of the eBook Revolution and begin dropping their digital prices accordingly. Those publishers left a lot of money on the table when they started overpricing eBook titles to drive readers back to paper.

Well, the money’s still waiting.


Dungeons & Dragons goes Digital

Popular Mechanics reports on Wizards of the Coast’s creation of the D&D Reader app and digital marketplace for Dungeons & Dragons accessories. D&D Reader will be available for iOS and Android this fall


Reading eBooks versus Paper books

PhysOrg compares reading paper books to reading eBooks on screens and offers some interesting initial results. (Though drawing more meaningful conclusions will require time and a lot more research into the new eBook technology.)


Amazon Games Publishing/Publishing Games Amazon

Quartz writes about how some criminals, “authors” and “publishers” have scammed Amazon’s Indie publishing system by providing fake reviews, fake reads and fake statistics. All so that Amazon does not have to just sell you an eBook outright and pay the author a fair royalty.

A proprietary system like Amazon Kindle’s that attempts to control the reader and the author by selling you rights to read an eBook rather than sell it to you deserves to be gamed.


Amazon goes after publishers and authors that scammed the system

TechCrunch reports Amazon has filed for arbitration against a number of Kindle Direct Publishers and Authors that scammed the online e-tailer’s eBook publishing platform to artificially inflate their sales numbers and royalties.

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