HarperCollins has begun selling some ebooks directly, starting with titles by C.S. Lewis. These are DRM-protected EPUB files, so if you want a Kindle version you’ll have to buy through Amazon.
Random House has acquired teen reading and writing community Figment. Figment had previously acquired Inkpop, a similar site from HarperCollins.
Big-5 publisher Macmillan, which had previously only made 1,200 ebooks available to libraries for lending, is now opening up its entire backlist of about 11,000 titles.
Penguin is making its ebooks available through Overdrive, the largest digital library distributor in the U.S., once again. Kindle users will have to side-load the ebooks to their devices; they won’t be able to check them out wirelessly via Amazon.
I was skeptical that we’d ever see a Netflix for ebooks. Oyster’s launch on Thursday proved me wrong: It offers books that you’ve actually heard of, in a very well-designed app, for $9.95 per month.
Consumers who bought eligible ebooks between 2010 and 2012 are likely to receive up to $3.06 per book, according to updated information released by the states’ Attorneys General Friday. Here’s what you can expect.
The five publishers in the ebook pricing case object to the DOJ’s proposed punishment for Apple, saying that it would harm them because it aims to prohibit agency pricing for five years.
Apple could pay up to $500 million in the ebook pricing case, based on the amounts that settling publishers have paid already.
Virtual Harry Potter community and digital bookstore Pottermore.com is losing its CEO: Charlie Redmayne has been appointed CEO of HarperCollins U.K. So what does this mean for Pottermore?
At the Apple ebook trial on Monday, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray and Macmillan CEO John Sargent offered testimony as witnesses for the government. Emails showed that News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed the desire to “screw Amazon.”