Apple, in their defense against the US Department of Justice’s price-fixing accusations, claims that the government is siding with the monopoly, and that they did nothing wrong by forcing the publishers’ hands. The article includes links to PDFs of the original DoJ complaint and Apple’s response.
This article discusses a poll of nearly two thousand British citizens regarding eBook use. It seems to be attempting to assert that the sole reason people buy and use eReader devices is to read books they otherwise wouldn’t read. I think, however, that this is a case of correlation not necessarily equaling causation. Just because someone buys a book they might be embarrassed to own, whether it is the latest release in the Twilight series or the latest erotic novel that is sweeping the globe, it certainly does not automatically follow that the individual purchased the book for that reason and that reason only!
An American Libraries magazine article which speculates that by the end of 2012 libraries may be spending 20% of their collection budgets on digital content, and possibly 50% by the end of three years. The views of a number of parties in the book industry are discussed, including the reader, the writer, the bookseller, the publisher, and the librarian.
This LA Times article points out, with a number of links, the apparent conflict of interest between British bookstore chain Waterstones and Amazon. I, too, would be interested in knowing exactly what Waterstones is thinking, or what real benefit they are getting out of this. Is this an indication that perhaps Amazon will be purchasing the bookstore chain? I cannot otherwise imagine what benefit there would be to carrying not only a competitor’s product, but a competitor’s product which specifically enables your customers to never be your customers again.
The US Government Printing Office has made an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell approximately 30 federal eBooks on the bn.com site. The US GPO has over 200 eBooks available through other venues.
After (or as a part of) settling their lawsuit against Barnes & Noble, Microsoft will be investing $300 million (plus another $305 million in future investments) in a new subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, giving them a 17.6% equity stake in the company.
It makes me wonder if perhaps Microsoft decided that their patent-infringement claims weren’t so solid, after all. In any case, I’m hard-pressed to believe that anything good will come out of this for the consumer.
A short news story referencing the 79-person waiting list for the eBook version of Fifty Shades of Grey at a Michigan public library. The incredible popularity of this poorly-edited book (which was originally Twilight fan-fiction on public message boards) speaks volumes regarding the potential market for the erotica genre in eBooks.
A well-written and informative description of the history of the eBook pricing conspiracy between Apple and traditional publishers.
Amazon has taken down the Kindle editions of all Independent Publishers Group titles after the two companies failed to come to an agreement regarding terms for sale of digital products. IPG indicated that Amazon wished to change the terms to substantially change the revenue that authors would see. IPG titles continue to be sold through Barnes & Noble.
The National Reading Campaign in Canada sponsored, between 23 and 29 January, 2012, the second annual National Book Count. During this time eBooks made up 10% of books sold in English Canada. These numbers were compiled from a number of sources and compared with the 2011 numbers. Take a look at the press release, available at The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. The numbers are not necessarily perfect, especially as they are for only a single week, but they are interesting.