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Amazon Kindle Security Vulnerabilities Discovered

January 23rd, 2021

TechRadar talks about security vulnerabilities discovered in Amazon Kindle eReaders that could have led to account takeover by hackers.

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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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Is Color Kindle Coming?

January 17th, 2021

GoodeReader wonders whether Amazon will launch its Color Kindle eReader this year.

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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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TCL Color E Ink-like NXTPAPER Tablet

January 13th, 2021

TechRadar reports from CES 2021 on the TCL Color E Ink-like NXTPAPER Tablet.

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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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eBook Reader Options for 2021

January 5th, 2021

CNET lists its best eBook Readers for 2021.

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