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E INK Kaleido 2 the Future of Full-Color eBook Reading

January 21st, 2021

GoodeReader updates us on the search for the best color E Ink eReader technologies with a focus on E INK Kaleido 2.

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Price-Fixing Lawsuit Filed Against Amazon

January 19th, 2021

The Bookseller has more on the recent class-action lawsuit filed against Amazon and the big five publishers (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins.)

Looks like a repeat of the 2011 Apple and the big-six price-fixing debacle.

So, if anyone is wondering why the eBook Revolution stalled: Unbridled capitalism = quest for monopoly = criminality.

More in PublishersWeekly article.

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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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OverDrive Counts 33% Increase of eBook Downloads from Libraries and Schools

January 11th, 2021

An OverDrive press release reports an increase of 33% for downloads of Digital Books from libraries and schools.

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Libraries Loan 289-Million eBooks in 2020

January 9th, 2021

GoodeReader reports 289-million eBooks being loaned out from libraries in 2020.

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Digital Library Lending Surge in 2020

January 7th, 2021

PublishersWeekly says OverDrive has reported a surge in digital library lending in 2020.

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Classic Books Land in the Public Domain

January 3rd, 2021

GoodeReader lists all of the classic books that are now in the public domain.

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Some Free eBooks for Christmas

December 25th, 2020

Merry Christmas from eBook Rumors!

Here are some FREE eBooks to enjoy on your new eReader or to stock your eLibrary for the New Year. 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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HARD PLASTIC CANDY eBook FREE Until Jan. 1

December 23rd, 2020

HARD PLASTIC CANDY

by BP Gregory
FREE  to Download
@ Smashwords

Get Your Copy Now!

Deserts, apocalypses, roaming cities, monsters and machines
in this
Omnibus Edition of the novels
Automatons and Something for Everything.

Available until Jan 1st, 2021 @ Smashwords End of Year Sale.

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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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