There's going to be a story going around in the next few days that Flipkart, one of the largest online retailers in India, has been hailed as the world's second largest bookseller (after Amazon, of course).
With the news coming out earlier this week that Scribd was cutting back its romance catalog (including titles from Harlequin), I'm sure some Scribd subscribers are thinking about cancelling their subscription (or have already done so). And so I...
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that determined Apple to be the leader of an industrywide conspiracy among book publishers to raise prices of digital books.
By a 2-to-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said it agreed with the conclusions of Judge Denise L. Cote of United States District Court in Manhattan, who rendered the decision in 2013.
“We conclude that the district court’s decision that Apple orchestrated a horizontal conspiracy among the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices is amply supported and well reasoned, and that the agreement unreasonably restrained trade,” the appeals court wrote in its decision.
The new ‘Recently Read’ feature saves your reading position for your 20 most recently read PDFs across your iOS and Desktop devices. If you start reading a paper on your Desktop, you can easily finish reading it on your tablet on the couch later, or even on your phone while you’re on the bus.
Even if you only use Mendeley on one device, it’s still a great way to pick up where you left off between sessions.
Update to Apple’s eBook design software does not alter the existing templates often used for creating interactive eBooks for the iPad, but adds two new ePub templates
For digital book publishers who recognize the growing importance of reaching readers who like to use their smartphones to access eBooks, this has been a very important day. This morning Apple released iOS 8.4 which provided the iPhone with support for multi-touch eBooks, and this afternoon Apple released version 2.3 of iBooks Author.
The release notes mention iPhone support, but the really interesting part is what follows: Create Multi-touch books using new ePub templates.
This is Apple’s way of saying that designers will want to play around with the ePub templates if they want to create eBooks that can be considered native to the iPhone.
When news broke on Tuesday that Scribd was cutting romance titles from its catalog, all the stories focused on indie published titles from either Smashwords or Draft2Digital but the activity was not limited to just those two distributors.
After nearly two years of development, Barnes & Noble launched a new site that has some asking whether this will be the digital solution to B&N's ecommerce woes. I, however, am wondering how much damage the new site will do to B&N's Nook sales.
"La lectura electrónica nos ha dado un número de ventajas. Llevo unos 150 libros en mi smartphone y, así, ninguna sala de espera me encuentra desprevenido. Si quisiera hacer lo mismo con volúmenes de papel, debería trasladar (a todas partes, todo el tiempo) el equivalente a mi propio peso. No da.
Pero, a cambio, nos ha robado la posibilidad de atesorar libros. Esa noche, a solas con "Cita con Rama", todo se había aclarado. El ebook es una abstracción y a las personas nos cuesta relacionarnos con abstracciones. Anoté entonces -en mi smartphone, paradójicamente- una idea: "Los libros pueden tener cicatrices; los ebook, no". En esto el libro y nosotros somos parientes. El ebook, por comparación, ofrece un servicio útil, pero nos resulta tan familiar como un cajero automático.
A mi juicio, el nuevo modelo de Amazon no hace sino ajustarse a esto. Puesto que vender objetos que tienen volumen, peso y sustancia es imposible con los ebook, se propone comercializar un servicio. De aquí a cobrar, no pagar, sino cobrar por página leída hay solo un paso, y eso es muy grave".
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