Tagged with: E-Readers

Apple Acquires BookLamp to Battle Amazon on the E-Book Battlefield

Apple Acquires BookLamp to Battle Amazon on the E-Book Battlefield

TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. (Apple has since confirmed the initial report of the ...

Stephen King and 900 Other Authors Oppose ‘Thuggish’ Amazon

Stephen King and 900 Other Authors Oppose ‘Thuggish’ Amazon

They include some of the biggest literary names on the planet, among them Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson and John Grisham; a Pulitzer prize winner in Jennifer Egan; and four from this year's Man Booker longlist, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Joseph O'Neill. Then there are ...

Oyster Opens its E-Book Subscription Service to Web Browsers

Oyster Opens its E-Book Subscription Service to Web Browsers

If there was any lingering questions around whether there is a market for monthly ebook subcriptions, Amazon surely went some way towards answering them when it introduced its $9.99 ‘all-you-can-read’ Kindle Unlimited plan last week. While this raised many concerns around the implications for authors’ monetization, it ...

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and You: Find Out if You’re a Good Match!

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and You: Find Out if You’re a Good Match!

When word first got out about Amazon’s (then-rumored) Kindle Unlimited, I was more than a little excited. Unlimited e-books! $10 a month! I’m going to read everything all of the time, forever! When the program actually rolled out, I was underwhelmed. Yes, having access to 600,000 books for $10 a month is a ...

How to Get the Most Out of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

How to Get the Most Out of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

So, you’ve signed up for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service and now you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by what’s on offer? That’s OK; it’s not often that you’re faced with the sudden availability of over 600,000 digital books to sample at once. If you’ve spent the weekend scrolling through your reading ...

Amazon Officially Announces ‘Kindle Unlimited’ E-Book Subscription Service

Amazon Officially Announces ‘Kindle Unlimited’ E-Book Subscription Service

True to the webpages uncovered earlier in the week, Amazon has unveiled a new e-book subscription service. Dubbed Kindle Unlimited, the service gives access to both e-books and audiobooks, though with restrictions on the latter. Kindle Unlimited is priced at $9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial, and it allows users to ...

Apple Agrees to Pay $450 Million to Settle E-Book Pricing Dispute

Apple Agrees to Pay $450 Million to Settle E-Book Pricing Dispute

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday. The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a ...

Amazon is Testing ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ an E-Book Subscription Service

Amazon is Testing ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ an E-Book Subscription Service

Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” Most of the test pages were pulled down Wednesday after some users on the Kindle Boards noticed them, but ...

Someone Figured Out Which Kindle Books No One Finishes

Someone Figured Out Which Kindle Books No One Finishes

Picking up a book is gratifying: look at me, not reading dumb listicles on the internet! Finishing a book, however, is a challenge. Which of this summer's top-selling books have the highest reader attrition? Dr. Jordan Ellenberg has a semi-scientific way to find out, using buyer-generated info from Amazon to identify this ...

U.S. Book Publishers’ Online Revenue Now Exceeds Traditional Retail Revenue

U.S. Book Publishers’ Online Revenue Now Exceeds Traditional Retail Revenue

Brick-and-mortar book stores have clearly been on the decline for a while -- just look at Barnes & Noble's rocky finances. However, there's now some tangible evidence that the pendulum has swung in favor of internet-based sales. BookStats estimates that US publishers made more money from online orders and e-books in ...