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  • Japanese publishers brand Amazon conditions unfair

    Japanese publishers brand Amazon conditions unfair

    A group of Japanese publishers have lashed out at Amazon‘s new book sale rules, after US and European authors accused the online retailer of using strong-arm negotiating tactics. Several Tokyo-based publishers said Amazon recently unveiled a four-point system that rates them based on the size of the commission they pay […]

     
  • Dutch eBook Market Increases by 18% in Q2 2014

    Dutch eBook Market Increases by 18% in Q2 2014

    The Dutch eBook market has seen excellent growth in the last two years and recent Q2 financial figures from the publishing industry has seen it increase by 18%. We now see eBooks accounting for 26% of all sales, but print books are still strong with 74%. The Netherlands has a […]

     
  • Kindle Owners Tend Not to Remember Key Plot Points

    Kindle Owners Tend Not to Remember Key Plot Points

    A new European study has found that Kindle owners have a harder time recalling key plot points than paperback readers. The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month gave 50 readers the same short story by Elizabeth George to read. Half read the 28-page story on a Kindle, […]

     
  • Hachette CEO Fires Back at Amazon for Readers United Website

    Hachette CEO Fires Back at Amazon for Readers United Website

    Over the weekend Amazon launched a new propaganda website that dumbs down the contract dispute between Hachette and Amazon. It targets the readers and proclaims that Amazon just wants to keep book prices around the $9.99 mark and doesn’t think its fair that users pay beyond that. Amazon encouraged its […]

     
  • France Takes Action to Protect its Treasured Bookshops

    France Takes Action to Protect its Treasured Bookshops

    As booksellers around the world continue to feel the pinch of trying to do business in an online retail climate, the French Parliament has taken action that at least intends to protect bookshops in some small way. After passing what it has dubbed the “Anti Amazon Law,” it’s now illegal […]

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon

    Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon

    Cape (plural capes): literally, a sleeveless garment hanging from the neck over the back and shoulders; figuratively, a superhuman who has chosen...