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A new study has claimed that light-emitting e-readers “negatively affect sleep, circadian timing and next-morning alertness” when used in the evening. However,…
If you use the latest edition of Adobe’s ebook software, you may be sending the company a lot more information about your reading habits than you wanted to.
Sony is getting out of the ebook business in the United States and Canada, and turning its customers (there aren’t many of them at this point) over to Kobo.
Ebook company Kobo has replaced its founder and CEO, Michael Serbinis, with a CEO from its Japanese parent company Rakuten.
After an uproar broke out in the U.K. over self-published rape and incest porn for sale on ebook sites, Kobo removed self-published titles from its U.K. site for two weeks while it reviewed them. Now the company has explained its policy going forward.
Self-published rape and incest porn available through ebook retailers is fueling media outrage in the UK. As a result, some retailers have taken drastic action. But the retailers aren’t the only ones to blame: Some self-published authors are also employing techniques to ensure that their books stay ahead of filters.
Book publishers worldwide are grappling with the digital transition, figuring out ebook pricing and competing against a massive number of other forms of entertainment. Here’s how these themes played out at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.
A new report on global ebook sales suggests that as the ebook market matures in the U.S. and U.K., other countries are starting to pick up the slack.
Sony is not going to sell its new e-reader in the U.S., citing “the region’s market changes.” The company’s U.S. market share for e-readers has dwindled in the face of competition from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
Evidence from Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Writing Life, suggests that $1.99 is a bad price for ebooks. That’s corroborated by recent data from self-publishing site Smashwords.
Kobo is no longer using the Goodreads API to provide book ratings and reviews on its websites and apps. Maybe that’s not surprising, since Goodreads was acquired by Amazon in March.
E-reading company Kobo plans to launch a $399 tablet. Has it learned nothing from Barnes & Noble’s experience?
Kobo rolled out a new e-reader and three new tablets at an event in New York Tuesday evening. The company is also launching a digital newsstand and children’s ebookstore, and it partnered with read-it-later service Pocket.
The federal government outlined a revised punishment for Apple in the ebook pricing case Friday. It argued that Apple changed its in-app purchase rules to retaliate against Amazon. And it wants to make big changes in the way Apple does business in the iTunes Store.
On Friday afternoon, Apple and the federal government will meet in court to discuss Apple’s punishment in the ebook pricing case. Ahead of that conference, Apple argued for a stay, and the DOJ argued that the publishers have “banded together once again.”
Amazon, Kobo and Sony are petitioning the FCC to permanently exempt e-readers from laws requiring electronics to be accessible to the disabled. The companies say that if they were forced to comply with the law, the essential nature of e-readers would change.
Penguin reached a settlement with the federal government in the ebook pricing case back in December, but retailers have only just begun discounting its titles. Here’s a look at the discounts you can expect.
Ebook pricing strategies are changing fast as the market evolves and retailers and publishers amass more data. Here are some new tips.
Kobo said Tuesday that the $170 Aura HD e-reader now accounts for over a quarter of its device sales. And, the company said, 15 percent of its new customers are from the United States.
The Kobo Aura HD has a great screen, but its deficiencies should make consumers look twice at the $169.99 price tag.
Kobo is launching a higher-end e-reader, the $169 Aura HD, aimed at users who read several ebooks a week. While the Aura is more expensive than the competition, Kobo says its market research supports customers’ desire for such a device.
About two months after Macmillan agreed to settle with the Department of Justice, retailers have begun discounting its ebooks. In general, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the iBookstore appear to be matching each other’s prices, while Google and Kobo aren’t yet discounting in most cases.
Airport bookstore chain Hudson Booksellers has launched an online bookstore where it sells both print and ebooks. The site focuses on hand-picked titles and has an “ask a bookseller” feature.
Three independent bookstores have filed a class action suit against Amazon the big-six publishers, alleging that the proprietary DRM Amazon uses on ebooks creates a monopoly.
Berlin-based e-reading startup Readmill launched an iPhone version of its e-reading platform Wednesday. Users’ ebooks will now sync between their iPhones and iPads.
The long-delayed Bookish, a website backed by Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster and designed to promote book discovery and sell books, launched Monday night and is designed to be a one-stop shop for readers looking for their next book.
In an effort to compete against Toronto-based Kobo, Amazon announced Wednesday that it is releasing the Kindle Paperwhite in Canada for the first time and will also sell the basic Kindle there. Amazon launched a Canadian Kindle store in December.
Toronto-based ebook company Kobo is rapidly expanding abroad. On Wednesday the company announced that it has hired Jean-Mark Dupuis, a former sales director at Apple, as managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
This week in ebooks: Penguin made some digital decisions, Kobo claimed massive e-reader growth and Inkling opened up its titles to Google search.
A very dramatic new iSuppli report announces that the e-reader market is “on an alarmingly precipitous decline,” experiencing a “virtually unheard of” collapse as tablets grow in popularity. But don’t count out e-readers just yet.
A growing crop of vendors is trying to provide rental access to multiple ebooks for a monthly subscription, just like Spotify and Netflix. But what are the numbers that lay behind the idea’s success or failure?
E-reader company Kobo is expanding to South Africa and hopes to make up 50 percent of the country’s small ebook market within a year, competing against Amazon’s Kindle.
Amazon is opening the Japanese Kindle Store, with over 50,000 Japanese-language titles, on Thursday. The company is also taking preorders for the Kindle Paperwhite, Fire and Fire HD in Japan, and they will begin shipping in November and December.
As North American ebook retailers Barnes & Noble and Kobo expand their presence abroad, they are seeing their businesses change. Representatives from both companies spoke about some lessons learned on Monday at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
With many ebook buyers set to receive small payments as a result of the $69 million settlement between 49 states and three publishers, the states have slightly modified the way those payments will work.
Google added new Japanese reading features to its ebooks app yesterday and is now selling the Nexus 7, ebooks and movies through the Google Play store in Japan. Kobo expanded to Japan in July, and Kindle is expected to launch there in October.
A judge has preliminarily approved the states’ $69 million ebook pricing settlement with publishers, but consumers won’t receive any payments until after a hearing is held in February 2013. Payments would range between $0.25 and $1.32 per ebook.
Kobo is partnering with Brazilian bookstore chain Livraria Cultura to sell e-readers and ebooks. Ebook sales makes up less than 1 percent of book sales in Brazil but are expected to grow fast. Kindle also plans to launch in Brazil this year.
Apple didn’t want to compete with Amazon on ebook prices. But it is already showing that it is more than willing to do so. And if customers are drawn to Apple’s new low prices on ebooks, it’s possible to envision the company’s ebook market share rising.
Just a few days after the approval of the DOJ’s ebook settlement, HarperCollins has entered into new contracts with ebook retailers, and they’re already discounting its titles. What kinds of deals will you get?
Last week, a federal judge approved the DOJ’s proposed settlement with Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins for allegedly conspiring with Apple to set ebook prices. What does the settlement mean for ebook prices now?
UK thriller author Stephen Leather’s admission that he created fake accounts to review his own books has led to a storm of controversy over bad author behavior and “sock puppet” reviews. Here’s what’s happened so far and how bad author behavior might be fixed.
Though most eyes are on Amazon’s Thursday press conference, Kobo is angling for early attention with its announcement of two new e-readers and a new 7-inch Android tablet called the Arc. How do the devices stack up to the competition?
Ebook buyers in 54 states and territories are set to receive $69 million in a settlement between the states and HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster. Those who bought agency-priced ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012 are eligible for payment if the settlement goes through.
Ebook company Kobo has signed a deal with the American Booksellers Association to allow indie bookstores to sell Kobo ebooks through their websites and stores. The new partnership replaces the ABA’s deal with Google, which had been set to end in January.
Microsoft invested $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business. As the following chart shows, that probably wasn’t a great idea: Production problems, slowing ebook sales and other factors are contributing to the Nook’s troubles.
Barnes & Noble will sell its Nook e-readers in the UK starting this October, but at the beginning they will only be available through a website, nook.co.uk. B&N says it will announce partnerships with “leading retailers” soon.
This weekly feature looks at the books that are selling better in digital format than in print. This week’s pick: Nordic noir title “The Boy in the Suitcase.”
Digital self-publishing site Smashwords is making it easier for self-published authors to get their ebooks into libraries. The site is allowing certain libraries to buy Smashwords titles in bulk, and is also adding custom library pricing options for its authors.
Fittingly for a company that is now owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, Kobo is officially launching its e-reader and digital bookstore in Japan in July. The Kobo Touch e-reader will be available for pre-order July 2, and a full digital bookstore opens July 19.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-reader companies are collecting data about your e-book reading habits, but they’re keeping their most interesting findings close to the vest.
Google is ending the affiliate program that allows independent bookstores to sell e-books through their websites, but the American Booksellers Association says it will have a new solution in place “well in advance” of the end of the Google program in January 2013.
On this week’s audio podcast, Matt and Kevin offer early hands-on impressions of iOS 6 and a discuss the pros and cons of Verizon’s new Share Everything plans. Matt’s Kobo Vox turns into a full Android tablet this week while Kevin is loving his new ChromeBook.
Amazon is selling at least two Amazon Publishing titles in other digital bookstores. Until now, it has sold its e-books exclusively through the Kindle Store.
The Kobo Vox tablet now comes preloaded with the Google Play app. Current Kobo Vox owners will see the app the next time their device updates. Separately, Books on Google Play is launching in Germany.
This week, the book industry gathered at the ugly, cavernous Javits Center in Manhattan for the largest book trade event in the United States. (“I feel like I’m in Costco,” actress-author Molly Ringwald told the AP.) Here are five digital lessons from the week.
Social reading and discoverability are not the same thing, but they have something in common: They’re the things everyone is talking about at BookExpo America this week but nobody has solved.
Digital reading company Kobo is launching a competitor to Amazon’s KDP and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt: Kobo Writing Life, a free self-publishing platform for independent authors and publishers.
This weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week: The next “50 Shades of Grey”?
This weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week: Crashing a book about the financial crash.
Pottermore has partnered with Kobo to make the Harry Potter e-books available on Kobo devices. Pottermore has similar arrangements with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Google (but not Apple yet).
This new weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week: A book that plays itself on TV.
This new weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling better in digital than in print. This week: Two castaways find romance on a desert island…and other bestsellers.
Kobo will launch in Brazil this fall, VP Todd Humphrey said yesterday. Amazon’s Kindle may get there first.
Breaking down the e-book bestsellers list: A new weekly feature.
E-reading companies timed announcements around the London Book Fair this week.
Teen dystopian trilogy Hunger Games appears to be on its way to blockbuster-dom, pulling in $19.75 million at the midnight premiere of the…
Canadian bookselling chain Indigo Books & Music is joining Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) and Books-A-Million in their refusal to carry any Amaz…
Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) recently gave Kindle-owning Prime members a new perk: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which allows them to borrow a…
In a holiday season when e-readers are more popular than ever, many consumers still don’t know how to give them to others as gifts. So today…
Taking the lead from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Kobo is now selling a $99.99 Kobo Touch with Offers, $30 off the regular price.
Just last month, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) rolled out its Kindle Fire, the first Kindle designed as a full media device — not an e-reader with so…
E-bookseller and e-reader company Kobo is being acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $315 million. The company says it will c…
As Amazon and other e-book distributors like Kobo transform themselves into publishers, does that mean traditional publishers are extinct? No. But it does mean they have to work harder to try and add value for authors, who now have more ways to reach their readers directly.
Sony’s new Wi-Fi Reader is the only e-reader it introduced this year. It’s good that Sony is streamlining what was an unnecessarily complicated product line, but now that all the eggs are in one basket, how does the device stand up to the competition?
On the official morning of its release, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs is #1 on the Kindle bestseller list, #1 in Apple’s iBookstore and #2 on…
In an effort to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, e-reading company Kobo is launching a tablet of its own: The $199.99 Kobo Vox, a 7-inch A…
Four days after Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) launched the French Kindle and accompanying Kindle store, rival e-book company Kobo announced that it’s…
Amazon unveiled its new Kindle lineup Wednesday, and the first one available, the basic, simply named “Kindle,” reached my doorstep Thursday morning. Here’s what I think about Amazon’s latest reader, and how it stacks up so far to previous Kindles and other similar devices.
Borders was e-reading company Kobo’s first — and, so far, only — U.S. bookstore partner. And when it became clear in recent months that Bo…
Kobo, which launched its German e-bookstore in July and introduced the German-language version of the Kobo E-Reader just a few days ago, now…
Sony (NYSE: SNE) has officially announced its new e-reader, the details of which leaked out earlier this week. It’s called the Reader WiFi a…
At the recent Comic-Con convention, one theme that came up on virtually every author panel was how much things are changing in the publishing industry. Three authors took the time to speak with me and share their hopes for the future of publishing.
At the recent Comic-Con convention, one theme that came up on virtually every panel was how much things are changing in the publishing industry. Three authors took the time to speak with me and share their views on the changing face of publishing.
Twitter is abuzz over the discovery of Amazon’s “new” Kindle social network, but these features–sharing notes, following and finding users…
After being forced to remove the bookstore from its iOS app, Kobo has begun working on a web-based HTML5 app to be released later this year.
See ya, Kindle app store: *Apple* has begun enforcing in-app purchasing restrictions for e-reading apps, with the Kindle, Kobo, and Nook and…
Apple’s new rule preventing e-book apps from linking to outside storefronts appears to be in effect. Developers are pushing out updates to their apps that bring them in-line, and Google Books is just gone. But what will Amazon do, and how will it affect iOS?
When a section was cut from Stanford mathematics professor Keith Devlin’s new book The Man Of Numbers, Devlin could have pitched it as an ar…
Kobo may lag behind the Kindle in the U.S., but not in Germany. Tomorrow, in the first in a series of international rollouts for the company…
The crowded e-book market has just squeezed in room for one more contender, as iriver has created an eInk reader that works with the Google Books store. Priced at $139.99 and available from Target, the iriver Story HD can access 3 million free titles plus various paid content.
Good news for the companies that announced new e-readers this week: The number of people in the U.S. who own an dedicated e-reader (not an i…
As Amazon looks to be launching a tablet, Barnes & Noble is improving the pure e-reading experience with a new $139 Nook. The touchscreen device boasts 80 percent fewer page refreshes, a Wi-Fi radio and 2 month battery life. But as tablets mature, will e-readers keep selling?
Websites like Goodreads have tried to make reading a more social experience by allowing users to keep track of and rate books they’ve read,…
Bucking the trend of e-readers that run apps like tablets, Kobo today announced a new device called the eReader Touch Edition. Priced at $129, the e-reader marries an e-Ink display with touch capabilities, but it’s not a touch screen. Instead, infrared sensors detect taps and swipes.
While Amazon and Apple have been the big beneficiaries of the wave of interest in e-books, a smaller player has also been growing rapidly: Kobo, which has its own e-reader and online bookstore, has close to 4 million registered customers, and growth continues to accelerate.
Borders-backed e-books seller Kobo has disclosed the amount of the funding it raised last month and it’s pretty huge: $50 million. It also s…
Borders is stepping up the competition with Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) and Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) by adding the Kobo 2, an eReader with WiFi fo…
Target won’t be the only bricks-and-mortar retail outlet for Kindles much longer. Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is adding the Staples office supplies…
Bookseller Kobo has entered into an agreement with Fairmont Hotels to provide loaner eReaders to guests of its Fairmont Gold properties. Guests can pick up a Kobo eReader loaded with bestsellers from Random House to read for the duration of their stay at the hotel.
I may be the biggest fan of e-books around, and when I use a new mobile device the first thing I do is look for reader apps. That’s why I jumped on the Kobo reader app when it was released. It’s OK, but it lacks features.
Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is shaking up its Nook e-reader line, lowering the price of its 3G edition by 23 percent and adding a lower-end W…
Kobo has set out to be a major player in the e-book world, with an electronic reader, apps for major platforms and deals with major booksellers. Today Kobo has launched the reader app for Android, making Kobo content available on more platforms than the competition.
Running well behind aggressive rival Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) on the digital front, Borders is now in the midst of a big catch-up push. Th…
Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iPad users have had no shortage of e-reader apps to choose from but one big name has been noticeably missing: Barnes & No…
Just what we needed for Father’s Day: another e-reader hitting the market. Hoping to grab a little attention while other e-reader makers are…
Major e-book sellers launched online stores along with dedicated readers to provide a vehicle for consuming that content. Many also produce applications for smartphone platforms to further benefit customers. E-book retailer Kobo has announced both a partner program and a dedicated reader of its own.
Add another entrant to the white-hot eBook market … Kobo, a startup backed by Borders. After all, Borders can’t afford to let Barnes & Nob…