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Amazon expands publishing arm

Amazon has announced further steps into publishing with a list of 24 new books slated for the first part of 2011.

Faber picks US partner to track eBook revenue

Faber and Faber, one of the UK's oldest and most iconic book publishers today announced it has selected US-based Royalty Share to aggregate and manage its worldwide eBook revenue.

Amazon accused of censorship

Amazon appears to be censoring E-books offered online. Authors whose work touches on themes of incest or under age sex have seen their novels removed from the Kindle bookstore.

Evidence that not all was well in the world of Amazon first surfaced in a discussion thread on Amazon’s own Kindle Community forum. Author Jess C Scott asked if other authors had found their books deleted by Amazon "without warning or explanation." Scott went on to detail the somewhat hazy explanations given  for their deletion of her title, Wicked Lovely.

Google launches online e-bookstore

Google has launched Google eBooks in the US, a platform to sell digital books which will be seen as a direct opponent to Amazon.

The success of the Amazon Kindle has shown the appetite for eBooks, and Google's ongoing project to digitise every book has proven headline grabbing – not always for the right reasons.

But the search giant is now keen to leverage its massive audience in the eBook world – with Google eBooks allowing people (in the US, for now) to find and buy books from the Google eBookstore.

Authors get to sign e-Books

A computer application will allow writers to 'sign' e-Books; something many imagined would disappear from book tours as digital publishing takes hold.

A developer named Tom Waters teamed up with an IT contractor for NASA to create an application called “autography,” which captures a writer’s autograph on a digital blank page that can be inserted directly into e-Books.

The software was initially developed for the iPad, though those behind it insist it can be used on any device.

Bond ditches Penguin for digital market

The book industry could lose out on millions of pounds because publishers have failed to sign up the digital rights to authors, who are expected to bypass traditional publishing houses in favour of Amazon or Google.

The fears were raised after the estate of Ian Fleming announced that all the Bond novels are to be made available as e-books in the UK for the first time this week. But they are not being released by the author's print publisher Penguin.