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Amazon's Review Policy Is Creepy And Bad For Authors

Independent author and blogger Imy Santiago bought an ebook, read it, and posted a review on Amazon. Then things started to go wrong, according to her recent blog post, which has put Amazon in the crosshairs of another round of criticism from authors and reviewers.


Apple Will Pay $US450 Million For Conspiring To Fix Ebook PricingĀ 

Apple violated federal antitrust law in a conspiracy with five book publishers to fix ebook prices, according to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ended a long-running legal battle with a big blow to Apple, calling its ebooks price-fixing scheme “the supreme evil of antitrust”.


How E-Readers Made Erotica So Popular

The erotic fiction industry owes a lot to e-readers.


Selling Erotic Ebooks Is Illegal In Germany Before 10pmĀ 

Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $US56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm. That means any young fraus desperate to buy sensual Clippy stories may have to wait until after dark if booksellers come up with a plan to comply.


Amazon Will Soon Start Paying Authors Based On E-Book Pages Read

What if we lived in a world where authors earned royalties not based on how many books they sell, but on how many pages we read? The idea, which would have been preposterous 10 years ago, is not only possible with modern technology, it’s something Amazon will be test driving this soon.


Amazon Pulls Werewolf Novel Sequel For Surprisingly Non-Werewolf Reasons

Amazon is no stranger to independent publishing drama. But when it pulled books in the past, it at least purported to have some sort of legitimate reason. In the case of High Moor 2: Moonstruck (the story of one werewolf gang’s quest to keep its existence hidden and the extreme lengths to which it goes to protect its deadly secret) that reason appears to be… hyphens.


Forget Amazon, Hachette Is Selling Books On Twitter

Book publisher Hachette is no longer in a blood feud with Amazon, but it’s already experimenting with new, Bezos-free online selling options, just in case. The latest: An experiment where best-selling Hachette authors will be able to sell its books directly to fans on Twitter.


Amazon And Hachette Finally Make Nice Over Ebook Pricing

Amazon and Hachette, two companies that have been in an ebook price battle since May, ended their heated feud today.


Why Ebook Text Layout Sucks

Have you ever eagerly downloaded an ebook only to find that it’s a hideously formatted mess that irritates you at every page turn? Of course you have (especially if you favour free or cheap ebooks). This video explains why those insults to typesetting occur.


Amazon Mixes Ebooks And Audio With Whispersync For Voice In Australia

If you have a big Kindle collection, either on tablet or smartphone or e-reader, it just got better. Amazon has finally brought Whispersync For Voice, which lets you switch seamlessly from written text to human-narrated audiobook, to Australia.