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Amazon and Big Five Publishers Sued for eBook Price Fixing

January 15th, 2021

PublishersWeekly reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Amazon for eBook price fixing and names the big five publishers—HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin Random House as co-Conspirators.

The action is long overdue. Just one look at Amazon’s pricing of eBooks higher than their paper/hardcover equivalents is all the clue you need. Also, it’s the same big five publishers that colluded with Apple in 2011 for (you guessed it) price fixing. At that time, the publishers settled the claims for $188-million, and Apple lost at trial so had to reimburse its customers for $400-million.

Rationale:

The publishers over-price eBooks to force people to purchase paper/hard cover versions. (And support their out-dated business model.)

Price fixing is a win-win for Amazon. They get more money from their percentage of the inflated-eBook purchase price, and the high eBook prices nudge people toward Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited “all you can read” eBook subscription service.

 

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Get Free eBooks

April 5th, 2020

Tired of binge watching Netflix? Here are some web sites with Free eBooks to help pass the time in quarantine and stock your eLibrary. You’ll find a wide selection of classics, contemporary and non-fiction titles. Bookmark these pages.

Manybooks.net This has become my favorite with thousands of free titles in a wide variety of trouble-free formats.

GetFreeeBooks.com Just what it says.  A huge selection.

Project Gutenberg  Their mission statement: to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. Too many titles to count…

G. Wells Taylor has several FREE and/or affordable titles/sequels that are receiving great reviews at GWellsTaylor.com. Multiple formats available.

Smashwords offers a long list of FREE eBook titles in formats to suit your new eBook reader.

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Pocketbook InkPad X Review

December 7th, 2019

GoodeReader reviews the Pocketbook InkPad X.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis 3 eReader Sold Out

December 3rd, 2019

GoodeReader reports that the Amazon Kindle Oasis 3 eReader is sold out in the US.

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eBook Pirate on Trial

December 2nd, 2019

TorrentFreak chronicles the ongoing prosecution of an eBook Pirate (a.k.a. digital content thief who is in over his head).

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The Full Story on E Ink Color ePaper

December 1st, 2019

GoodeReader has the complete story on the new E Ink Color ePaper that’s coming to a handheld device near you.

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Battle for China eBook Market on Horizon

November 29th, 2019

AbacusNews writes about the coming battle for China’s eBook market. Amazon’s going to have its hands full.

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New Color ePaper Released

November 28th, 2019

GoodeReader reports on a new kind of color ePaper released by E Ink and Wacom. Video at the link!

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B&N Nook Glowlight Plus 7.8 on Sale Black Friday

November 27th, 2019

GoodeReader says that Barnes and Noble’s newest Nook Glowlight Plus 7.8 will be on sale for Black Friday.

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Education Publishers Target eBook Pirates

November 26th, 2019

A McGraw Press Release details legal action taken by Educational Publishers against eBook Sites that sell Pirated content using Google Ads.

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