China Daily reports that China is experiencing its own eBook Revolution. eBook adoption is growing exponentially according to data released by the Dangdang Group (including eBook readers’ index and sales revenues) at the Dangdang Publication Suppliers Conference in Beijing on January 9, 2017.
Talking New Media reports that the US eBook Market will continue to grow to $13-Billion by 2020.
According to Slate, Amazon has lost another battle, this time to HarperCollins that has won the right to overprice its eBooks again. HarperCollins joins the unique club of big publishers that also won the fight with Amazon—Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan. You might remember this bunch being found guilty for conspiring with Apple to “fix” prices on eBooks.
Remember? It’s slightly more than a year since these publishers finished settling out of court before the U.S. Justice Department anti-trust lawsuit judgment landed on Apple. These companies settled out of court and repaid millions and millions of dollars that had been bilked out of consumers with the Agency Model.
Somehow these publishers can now fix prices again, and Amazon is avoiding blame by adding a disclaimer to overpriced HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan eBook titles: “This price was set by the publisher.”
It makes you wonder if there was any point to the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit.
Despite the setback for consumers, it may still be an opportunity for Indie authors. Those that haven’t ransomed their options to Kindle Unlimited are able to price their eBooks fairly. (Indies invented fair eBook pricing, anyway.)
Digital Book World has a post suggesting Apple is now the second largest eBook retailer in the U.S. over Barnes and Noble. There’s more to the story of who comes after first place Amazon at the link.
ZDNet reports on the top eBook apps for iPad.
Digital Book World talks about eBook publishers with their eye on the China market.
Talking New Media has some tips for Indie authors.
CIO offers 10 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet tricks and tips.
TUAW has a Samsung ad that teases iPad, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle.
GoodeReader reports that McGraw-Hill Professional and Baker & Taylor have reached an agreement that will help to swell the list of growing digital titles at school and public libraries by making 5,000 tech, professional and medical titles available for lending.