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Jun
30

Penguin Random House UK squeezes Amazon

Digital Book World reports that Penguin Random House UK continues to fly into Amazon’s airspace by launching an online eBook retail and recommendation platform.

Jun
27

Digital Publishing Update

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…)

Jun
26

Publisher revenue down. eBook sales up.

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.

Jun
25

Barnes and Noble splits into “old” and “new”

Time.com Money reports on Barnes & Noble’s move to separate its bricks and mortar book stores from its Nook tablet unit.

Jun
24

McGraw-Hill and Follett deal for eBook distribution

GoodeReader reports that McGraw-Hill has inked a deal with Follett to target schools K-12 for eBook distribution.

Jun
20

eBook Revolution Update

Digital Book World reports that a Czech retailer Palmknihy has created a new multi-license form of sale for eBooks.

Mashable has an update on the Apple price-fixing anti-trust lawsuit we hoped had been settled last June with a guilty verdict against the iPad maker.

GoodeReader posted that Oyster eBook Subscription services are now available for Android.

The Digital Reader reports that a used eBook website has launched in Europe. (This development will trigger some debate…)

Jun
18

Apple takes advantage of book dispute

The Guardian reports that Apple is taking advantage of the ongoing dispute between Hatchette Books and Amazon by offering discounts for the publisher’s titles and pre-orders.

Jun
17

Apple hopes to avoid trial with settlement

A Reuters post says that Apple hopes to avoid trial and $800-million in claims by settling out-of-court in a class action lawsuit that U.S. states, territories and other complainants brought against the iPad maker for price-fixing.

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