In the midst of Apple and ebook publishers collusion allegations brought forth by the Department of Justice (DoJ), Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley (Democrat), is tossing in her hat by filing a civil antitrust lawsuit. Three book publishers are shelling out over $69 million, $2 million of which is going to Massachusetts customers, to settle out of court. The ongoing lawsuit alleges that Apple got together with publishers and devised a plan to raise ebook prices in Apple's own iBookstore, which is in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle ebook store. Amazon is known for selling it's ebooks at rock-bottom prices, often at the expense of publishers and authors. So, although it appears that the DoJ's lawsuit greatly benefits consumers, who it really benefits is Amazon. Look at it this way: Amazon makes its lion share of money from many different sources, therefore, it can afford to sell ebooks at a loss since consumers buying through Amazon Kindle are exposed to advertisement promoting everything else they sell. Meanwhile, other booksellers are going out of business unable to compete, inadvertently creating a monopoly where Amazon reigns supreme. In the long run, who is this really benefiting? The way I see it, the DoJ lawsuit, although good intentioned, will eventually have the opposite effect of what its trying to achieve; and while now it appears to benefit consumers, in the end, Amazon wins.
Ebook publishers Macmillan and Penguin have not settled and Apple vowed to fight the allegations in court.
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Earlier today we mentioned that Amazon is touting that its Kindle Fire tablet has sold out (which really means they stopped making them because they're now manufacturing a new model.) Well, with the introduction of new Kindle hardware scheduled for next week, The Verge has published an image that purports to be the next Kindle Fire. Since posting, a source chimed in and let them know that this isn't exactly right, as the new Kindle Fire has a wider bezel than the image shows, and bezeled sides. We'll know for sure on September 6 when Amazon takes the stage.
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If you were hoping to pick up a brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon today, you're out of luck. The company has announced that the Kindle Fire has officially sold out. Of course, that's corporate speak for "We'll be announcing a brand new Kindle Fire at our event next week and don't want anyone buying the older model and experience buyers remorse." The Kindle Fire is the latest Kindle model to be pulled as Amazon's Kindle event draws near. The new Kindle Fire is rumored to have a 1280 x 800 display.
Last week we told you that a bunch of current Kindle ereaders were no longer available, and today the Kindle Touch joins that list. At this point, we'd say it's a sure thing that Amazon's September 6 event will be focused on refreshing the entire Kindle line. Both the Wi-Fi version and the 3G version of the Kindle Touch is out of stock, so if you were really, really wanting one and can't wait a week-and-a-half, you'd better be hitting up Craigslist.
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We recently reported that Amazon is set to unveil an update to its line of Kindle ebook readers sometime soon, and now it appears that the date for everything to go down will be September 6. Amazon has sent out notifications of a press conference to be held in Santa Monica, California where we expect that we'll see the next version of the Kindle Fire as well as updates to the Kindle e-ink readers as well. Things kick off at 10:30am that morning, and of course, we'll have all the news right here.
Amazon is seemingly set to unleash an update to its Kindle ebook readers across the board, as evidenced by the fact that the entire e-ink line is either discounted or discontinued. While the entry-level Kindle is still in supply, the $99 Kindle Touch isn't shipping for 3-5 days, while the $139 version that comes without ads is simply no longer available. The $149 Kindle Touch 3G is also unavailable, and the larger Kindle DX was discounted by $110 on Friday. Supply constraints and discounts like these aren't typical for the Kindle line, except in the instances where Amazon is set to refresh the line. Word on the street is that we'll see a Kindle event sometime in the next week or two that'll highlight updated models.
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Do you like deals? Reading? Supporting a good cause? Here's something that's got all three in one.
StoryBundle is a new site that's selling indie bundles for whatever you want to pay. It's just like the indie game bundles you've heard about before, like Humble Bundle, and allows you to get five books (or, seven, if you go over the bonus price of $7,) that works on any ebook reader you have. That means that you can load 'em up on on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Kindle, Nook, Android device, and just about any other ebook platform you can think of. You get to decide how much you want to give to the authors and how much you want to give to StoryBundle, plus you can donate part of your purchase to two charitable causes as well.
If you're looking for a cheap and easy way to get books for your tablet, smartphone or ereader, this is it. All these books are hand-selected by StoryBundle and they all have good reviews on Amazon, so you're getting quality reads.
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Amazon is readying the successor to the Kindle Fire tablet, and AllThingsD is reporting that the device will have a nice, crisp, high-resolution display when it arrives. The display resolution will purportedly be boosted to 1280 x 800. This is the same display resolution (and possibly even the same panels) you'll find in the Google Nexus 7 tablet as well. Interestingly, this means that the Kindle Fire aspect ratio will change, as the current model has a 1.71 ratio while a 1280 x 800 display is 1.60.
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Amazon and Pottermore have announced that the entire Harry Potter book series--all seven books--will be available on the Kindle Lending Library beginning June 19, bringing a huge slice of legitimacy to the service.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we’ll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the $79 cost of Prime or a Kindle. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library also has an innovative feature that’s of great benefit for popular titles like Harry Potter -– unlimited supply of each title -– you never get put on a waiting list.”
There’s some good news for all you bookworms out there that enjoy reading in Spanish! Amazon has launched a dedicated section of the Kindle Store that features best sellers, such as The Hunger Games, in Spanish. The Spanish catalog also features best selling Spanish authors such as Jose Emilio Pacheco and Sergio Pitol. The selection isn’t only geared towards adults, as kids will have the option of reading Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! in Spanish as well.
Amazon says that, “All of the Spanish-language Nielsen best sellers available as eBooks in the United States, and 65 of the top 100 Spanish-language print best sellers from Amazon.com.” Furthermore, the Amazon Kindle Store features the most Spanish reading content when compared against other ebook stores, and will continue to grow as the market matures.
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