Ebook Bestsellers: A newspaper’s longform experiment pays off

Many newspapers have tried ebooks as a new revenue stream, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s “In the Footsteps of Little Crow” stands out. Curt Brown’s extensively researched narrative of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War is #13 on the NYT ebook bestseller list this week.

Sony outs new Reader PRS-T2 with Evernote, Facebook sharing

Sony’s newest e-reader, the Reader PRS-T2, may appeal mainly due to the $129 price tag. But the ability to share passages on Facebook and integration with Evernote make it even better. Evernote is superb for clipping web content for viewing later on nearly any device.

The e-book lending wars: When authors attack

An incident in which an e-book lending site was shut down by a horde of angry authors with takedown notices — most of whom misunderstood the site’s purpose — is another example of how the publishing industry is fighting the same battles as the music industry.

Ebook Bestsellers Breakdown: Apple gives books a boost

This weekly feature examines certain ebooks’ paths to bestseller-dom, and highlights bestselling titles on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists that are selling more copies in digital than in print. Featured this week: R.L. Mathewson’s “Playing for Keeps” and “Perfection.”

Reporter shield protects Jobs biographer in Apple e-book case

Class action lawyers want Steve Jobs’ biographer to hand over his source material to help them prove that Apple and publishers fixed e-book prices. But a judge has agreed that the author can refuse under a law that protects journalists and their sources.

Ebook Bestsellers Breakdown: One-day sale moves a series up the charts

This weekly feature examines certain ebooks’ paths to bestseller-dom, and highlights bestselling titles on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists that are selling more copies in digital than in print. Featured this week: Bella Andre’s “Sullivans” series and Courtney Walsh’s “A Sweethaven Summer.”

Today in Connected Consumer

Apropos my Weekly Update this week on the Justice Department’s price-fixing case against Apple and two leading publishers, the department has now released its formal response to the public comments on its proposed settlement of similar charges with three other publishers. You can read the full 64-page document here. The department announced the settlement in April and posted the proposed consent decree on its web site for comment. You can find links to all 868 it received here. Most of those it got were critical of the department for bringing the case and criticized the settlement for effectively reinforcing Amazon’s dominant position in the e-book market. But DOJ was having none of it, calling the critics “self-interested” and accusing them of misrepresented the government’s position. Entertaining reading.

Ebook Bestsellers Breakdown: Flappers and chaperones

This weekly feature examines certain ebooks’ paths to bestseller-dom, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week: Flappers, chaperones and the power of the Kindle Daily Deal.