According to CNET, Google and the Authors Guild are still wrangling in court over $3-Billion in damages demanded by the latter over the Google digital books project.
Everyone’s been waiting for Google Books to take off, and one wonders if their perpetual lackluster performance isn’t linked to these ongoing legal issues with the Authors Guild.
Mediabistro reports that almost half of Americans plan to buy an eBook this year.
Digital Book World says publisher Simon & Schuster is bringing anti-piracy data to authors. Anything to sink their hooks deeper into their stock of writers.
The Economist posted on developments in electronic lending and libraries. The challenges continue.
GoodeReader reports that Google Play Books are now available in Mexico. (Is anybody reading Google Play Books? I barely hear anything about it.)
Paid Content has a story about the iPad app Bookboard adding new publishers to its line up.
GoodeReader reports that the American Booksellers Association is moving their entire online eBook sales program over to Kobo after Google dropped its on-again/off-again affiliates program with independent book stores and resellers.
The new system is more flexible allowing any store with an online presence to sell eBooks and profit from each sale via the link while Kobo provides the option of selling their eReaders at associated bookstores or via the web.
According to InformationWeek Apple is doubling its order for the new iPad Mini displays, citing stronger than anticipated demand for the popular device. With display orders rising from 6 to 12-million, it is anyone’s guess how adopters are employing the device in a market already dominated by the mini’s larger cousin, the iPad.
The new 7.85-inch display machine has found a niche of its own–I’ll bet it’s reading a lot of eBooks!
GoodeReader reports on Google and Amazon launching eBook stores in Brazil. I have a feeling we’re about to see this process go into overdrive.
With Google finally working the bugs out of its eBook store, and Amazon the only contender for global domination, these two giants have a whole world to carve up.
GoodeReader suggests that Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet selling out in U.S. and Canada could be a sign of dark days ahead for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. With both machines looking like long lost twins is there a death match ahead or healthy competition?