Amazon undermining eBook competition in Europe

TechEye writes that Amazon is in hot water with European Union anti-trust regulators that say its eBook contracts with publishers undermine fair competition in the marketplace.


Amazon bullies publishing partners in Japan

Bloomberg reports on Amazon bullying publishing partners in Japan by denying inclusion in Kindle Unlimited during contract negotiations. (No wonder Amazon has a hard time coaxing publishers and Indie authors to sign up to its far from “unlimited” Netflix for eBooks.)


Publishers continue to manipulate the marketplace

Tech Crunch highlights the insanity that has taken hold of publishing. The legacy publishers’ plans to force people to buy “print” books by pricing their eBooks too high has been countered by Amazon slashing the price of their print titles.

The lopsided results are lower revenues for everyone, and a print and eBook marketplace that is out of balance.


Calibre 2.69 update supports Kobo driver 4.1 and OverDrive eBooks

Softpedia posted on a Calibre 2.69 update to the eBook management and reader software that offers support for Kobo driver 4.1 and OverDrive eBooks.


Enhanced Game of Thrones eBooks coming to iBooks store

AppleInsider reports on enhanced Game of Thrones eBooks arriving “exclusive” to the iBooks store.

Pity that they’re exclusive. Any attempt to control the digital product that way only guarantees that the eBook pirates will lift it.


Kindle catfishing scam nets millions

ZDNet posted a story about one of Amazon’s most bizarre Kindle catfishing scams.

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