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Few boos for Boos in Frankfurt Book Fair warning of Amazon oligopoly

By libertyc
October 11, 2013 // 4 Comments

Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, took the opportunity in his opening address for this year’s edition of the book trade’s biggest jamboree to warn against the dangers of oligopolies in publishing, and of technical standards becoming means towards market domination. In a [...]

Amazon in supermarket discount wars with Sainsbury's in UK

By libertyc
October 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon UK has gone head to head with Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd. in a price-cutting struggle triggered by the British high street supermarket chain’s push to grab readers for its eBooks by Sainsbury’s platform. Running through October, the “99 titles for 99p!” [...]

Morning Roundup: Kindle Smartphones, Logging into WiFi With Facebook, Digital Reading Innovations, Tom Clancy Has Died

By libertyc
October 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Author Tom Clancy Tom Clancy Has Died (GalleyCat) Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy has passed away, ending a legendary career in espionage fiction. *** I Believe We Will See a Kindle Smartphone Sooner Rather than Later (The Digital Reader) Rumors have been circulating for well over a year now that [...]

UK Booktrust joins with Amazon "to change the culture of reading"

By libertyc
September 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

The UK’s Booktrust, a pro-literacy and children’s reading charity in existence since the 1920s, has just announced its first Booktrust Best Book Awards in partnership with Amazon Kindle 2014, which will ” seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and to [...]

Latest Ofcom figures show Kindle dominates in UK

By libertyc
September 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

Sad to reflect perhaps, given Kobo’s sterling efforts in the UK, the latest media survey conducted by pollster Kantar Media on behalf of British communications industry regulator Ofcom shows Amazon enjoying 79 percent of the UK ereader market. Ebook services in the period, states the report, [...]

Morning Roundup: Thoughts about Amazon MatchBook; the rise of hybrid authors; more

By libertyc
September 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Two and a Half Thoughts About Amazon’s Matchbook Program (Futurebook) Amazon’s announcement on Tuesday of its new Matchbook offer, allowing customers to buy discounted digital versions of print books they’d previously bought from the retailer, is far from the first attempt to bring [...]

New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available for Pre-order: Should you upgrade?

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’ve thought it was coming soon. Paperwhites were going out of stock, and it was getting close to the time Amazon typically releases new devices. They are now available for pre-order. So the question is, as always, should I upgrade? While it looks like a nice device, and it is the same price [...]

Amazon's Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven?

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 5 Comments

Amazon has just announced a service that the world has been waiting for—to judge from the number of past calls for it and halfway schemes that have come some way towards delivering it. According to this morning’s announcement, “Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions [...]

Weekend Roundup: Kindle refund more than doubles; 5 Walter White-approved bios; more

By Dan Eldridge
August 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Kindle refund more than doubles in e-book settlement (CNET) Amazon Kindle customers could get more than double what was previously estimated from the recent Apple e-book lawsuit settlement, the company posted in its forum on Friday. Pending court approval, some customers who previously purchased [...]

A Conversation with Liz Ward, The Leeds Big Bookend Festival (Interview)

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

After she commented on my posts about UK book festivals, I contacted Liz Ward, leading organizer of the Leeds Big Bookend Festival, which exists “to celebrate Leeds’ rich literary heritage and to inspire the next generation” and features star writers such as leading UK poet Tony [...]

Liquavista positions Amazon to trounce tablet market?

By libertyc
August 8, 2013 // 3 Comments

An article by Christopher Mims on Quartz, “Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match,” is claiming that … well … Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match. His article buffs the credentials of Amazon as a technology [...]

Are Amazon, Sony, Kobo and company dissing on disabilities?

By libertyc
August 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

A piece of news has surfaced that makes for some pretty alarming headlines: Inc., Kobo Inc., and Sony Electronics Inc. have formed a self-described “Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers” to petition the U. S. Federal Communications Commission, “for Waiver of Sections 716 [...]

Video: How To Turn Off Popular Highlights on Kindle

By libertyc
July 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s a common question from a new Kindle owner. “What are all these underlines, and how do I get rid of them?” Well, let’s start with what they are. Amazon keeps track of words and phrases that are commonly highlighted and displays them, if you choose to view them. If [...]

Survey shows Chinese still don't want to pay for e-books

By libertyc
July 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Still don’t want to pay for e-books? You’re not alone. A recent survey in China shows that many Chinese readers still have not bought e-books. The survey, which was conducted by OpenBook Co., found that just one in every four Chinese residents have paid for an e-book, the same ratio it [...]

In the digital age, what will become of author signings?

By libertyc
July 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

A chance Facebook encounter with a signing event showcasing four authors, including Mercedes Murdock Yardley, who I interviewed previously for TeleRead, set me speculating and inquiring about the current state and future prospects of author signings, and how these were evolving in the Kindle era. [...]

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