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A monopoly believes it is permanent

A monopoly believes it is a permanent fixture in its industry. An Internet e-commerce company worries obsessively that it can be destroyed at any time if it doesn’t stay fast and smart. The contrast between Amazon and big publishing could … Continue reading

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The biggest threat to local bookstores? Crazy booksellers and their fanboys

Last week, Amazon tried to train consumers to openly treat local retail stores as showrooms for Amazon merchandise. It was a ballsy but ethically shaky move; I believe customers who participated helped Amazon steal resources and sales from competitors for … Continue reading

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1,000+ classic sci-fi and fantasy works to be epublished in September

Early last month, publisher Gollancz announced that it was going to publish a new third edition of the “Encyclopedia of Science Fiction” online, and make it free for anyone to access. An executive for Gollancz told FutureBook that it had … Continue reading

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Erotica publisher Ellora’s Cave plans to launch its own ereader device

I recently interviewed Susan Edwards, the COO of Ellora’s Cave, about news that the publisher is about to launch its own ereader device. Dubbed the ECave C71, the ereader is a Chinese-made LCD model that will be branded by the … Continue reading

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Unbridled has 25 books for 25 cents each. The catch? It’s through Google Ebooks.

There’s a great sale going on right now from Unbridled Books. Unfortunately you’ll have to go through Google, a company that hasn’t worked out the kinks when it comes to ebook purchases. (Update: the sale has ended, but the user experience is still relevant, especially if you plan on buying Google Ebooks in the future.) Continue reading

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Red Lemonade launches, offers another take on the “social slush pile”

Richard Nash’s new reading and writing community is another entry in the growing “social slush pile” website category. Is it a valid way to find new quality writing? Continue reading

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Author says publishers underreporting ebook sales by a factor of ten

Kristine Kathryn Rusch says the ebook sales figures from her publisher are off by 90% or more — and that it’s a problem authors need to fix now. Continue reading

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Dear Hachette, you’re doing it wrong

Hachette disables all highlighting in Kindle books, tells authors that piracy is to blame for low royalties, and brags about it to the press. Wtf? Continue reading

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