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Amazon, Hachette reach new deal after months-long dispute

After a high-profile fight during contract negotiations, Amazon and Hachette Book Group have finally come to an agreement.

Op-Ed: Technology at the forefront of stopping digital piracy

Traditional watermarks were added to documents to prove they were authentic, Digimarc has introduced an electronic version of the watermark to authenticate eBooks.

Op-Ed: McDonald's adds literacy commitment to 'Happy Meals'

Fast food giant McDonald's has been leading the way in promoting literacy around the world since 1982, with at least 15 book series in all added to their iconic "Happy Meals." On Aug. 1, 2014, McDonald's India began adding books to their kid's meals.

Op-Ed: Has Apple missed an opportunity with eBooks?

Apple revealed their new models of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch in Cupertino this Tuesday in Cupertino, cementing its position in the smartphone market. But it seems to have missed a trick when it comes to eBooks.

Op-Ed: Hachette v. Amazon e-book feud must consider needs of new authors

Book publisher Hachette and entertainment powerhouse Amazon are locking horns over e-book pricing. Amazon wants to lower the prices of e-books, citing higher readership and high price elasticity, while Hachette wants to avoid a possible price war.

Op-Ed: Want to be an author? Beware Amazon's 'Kindle unlimited'

Amazon.com may soon offer a new "Kindle Unlimited" subscription service for $9.99 per month that gives subscribers unlimited access to over 600,000 titles. What does this mean for new authors?

Fed. judge says Apple conspired a plan to raise prices on e-books

{image(152912,center,medium)} A U.S. federal district judge said on Wednesday that Apple violated anti-trust laws by working with major publishing companies to raise prices cut competition on e-books.

Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Month Team TMR Announcement

Autism month in the United States starts with the announcement of the formation of Team TMR, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization created by the founders of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution. TMR is a group of 23 moms and one dad.

Apple urges U.S. appeals court to void 'radical' e-books ruling

Apple Inc urged a U.S. appeals court to throw out a judge's "radical" finding that it violated antitrust law by manipulating electronic book prices, and blamed publishers for running a conspiracy it claimed to know nothing about.

Apple loses latest bid to block e-books antitrust monitor

Apple Inc on Monday lost its latest bid to put a court-appointed antitrust monitor on hold, after a federal appeals court rejected its argument that the monitor's work was causing it irrep...

Op-Ed: Technology impacts reading habits

The onset of Internet technology has led to an explosion of content and redefined publishing, their format, tools, diversity and accessibility of content. In effect, the technology driven publishing industry is growing as never before.

Apple Computers will be happy — Tablet ownership still rising

Before the anticipated launch of the fifth generation of Apple iPads, newly released data of tablet and e-book reader ownership shows that the rapid increase in numbers of those in possession of these digital gadget shows no signs of slowing down.

E-books, changing people's reading habits

Todd, 23, is an avid comic book fan. He use to spend a lot of time at the comic book store buying all the latest issues of his favorite comics. Three years ago Todd bought an iPad. Now he downloads and reads a lot of his comic books as e-books.

Op-Ed: How do you recycle or reuse unwanted books?

Toronto - Over the years, we have accumulated a ton of books. Our bookshelves are filled with novels, textbooks, autobiographies, historical accounts and how-tos.

Op-Ed: Textbook buyback season is here — Where can you sell yours?

During textbook buyback season everyone is looking for the great deals, I'm going to let you in on a little known company that gives you more money back, 2x more to be exact!

Review: The fateful debate about books and e-books

Kobo’s new Aura HD, a ‘limited edition’ e-reader for ‘the most passionate book lovers,’ is a great e-reader. But it launches in the middle of a dubious debate

Op-Ed: The Presidential Election is Over, Now What? Fixing Education.

The election is over, now what, the future of education, financial aid and student debt in President Obama's next term. How will we as a nation begin to fix the education system.

Penguin Books and Random House in new venture

The publisher of the world famous Penguin books (Pearson) has entered into a deal with the German media group Bertelsmann, who publish the Random House imprint. The deal will create a new global player in the book market.

Amazon revokes Kindle account, says users don't own books

Amazon has canceled the account of a Kindle user, deleted all the books the user had paid for and refuses to give a reason for the action.

In time for Roald Dahl Day, new e-books released

In celebration of what would have been Roald Dahl’s 96th birthday, eight of his classic stories are being released as e-books for the first time today.

Price of ebooks set to fall

New York - In a landmark decision on Thursday, US district judge Denise Cote upheld the $96 million Department of Justice penalty imposed on publishers Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins for conspiring to fix the price of ebooks.

Kobo raises the bookshelf for e-readers

Three new e-book readers and a revamped old one offer a network of 11,000 booksellers offering 3 million books in 60 different languages in 190 countries

Op-Ed: Indie publishing vs traditional publishing — The debate goes on

Traditional publishing versus self-publishing: the arguments go on, and not always politely. The latest established author to put her foot in her mouth is Sue Grafton, who condemned self-publishers as “being too lazy to do the hard work.”

Authors troll 'Fifty Shades' trilogy with new book

There’s nothing like trolling soccer moms. Two men have realized this all too well, and they plan to make a few bucks along the way.

Penguin books buy US self-publishing company

Pearson, the company which owns the company Penguin books, has purchased the self-publishing company Author Solutions Inc. in a multimillion dollar deal.

Akademos launches new Adoption Tool

Online bookstore Akademos has launched its new Adoption Tool, a virtual site where faculty can go to choose their adopted texts for class.

Op-Ed: The Increasing Price of Textbooks

The increasing price of textbooks can be an additional financial burden to students already struggling with paying tuition. Here is just one way to loosen the noose of student loans.

Pew's new research on reading: adult Ebook consumption

New research results by Pew Research Centre show that reading is on the rise and is being prompted by the availabilty of e-books.The study shows that 21% of Americans have read an e-book.

Unpublished Kurt Vonnegut novella gets released for Kindle

NEW YORK – Death doesn't always stop great writers from publishing their new material. Not even Kurt Vonnegut. So it goes.

Spain: Author fed up with illegal downloads, quits writing

A prize-winning Spanish writer, Lucía Etxebarría, has told Spanish media that she is giving up her writing career as she feels that illegal downloads of her books have caused a major problem not just to her but to writers across the world.
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An image from the relaunch of HathiTrust which will now be providing many books for library visitors for free and without legal complications.
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Kobo's family of e-book readers.
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Increasing price of textbooks on students.
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In a landmark judgement, a New York judge upheld a US Department of Justice penalty against publishers for ebook price fixing. Sept 2012.