Digital Trends says Apple has bought up BookLamp to compete (possibly) with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited eBook subscription platform.
Not sure how that will work out if they’re also pushing publishers and writers into exclusive contracts to participate in the eBook subscription service. (Unless the iPad maker is going to call up its old price-fixing buddies.)
Amazon’s already getting lots of resistance from authors and publishers who want an open market. The big picture in digital content never allows for exclusivity. (Cue the eBook pirates.)
Digital Book World reports that eBook subscription service Oyster has added a web-based browser to its platform and is now available on all mobile devices.
Boston.com talks pitfalls in library eBook lending.
A Gigaom story says a Netherlands bookstore is preparing to sell “second hand” eBooks. European courts prepare to battle over the resale of digital media.
Digital Book World reports that a pilot project has ended favorably and now libraries across the U.S. can access Simon & Schuster’s complete eBook catalog.
And Digital Book World says Penguin Random House dominates the Amazon Best Books for 2014 list. (…a little premature, perhaps. There are five months to go…)
Gigaom posted on a BookStats report that showed U.S. Publisher revenue remained flat in 2013 though the unit sales increased. Lower eBook prices could account for this.
Another important thing to consider when reading this report is Indie author and publisher titles without ISBNs are not tracked by BookStats.