e-books

Oyster for Android review

Touted as the Netflix of books, Oyster is an online service that serves up a buffet of books. For a monthly fee, you get access to Oyster's entire library of half a million books.

Pros

An expanding library: Over the course of a year, Oyster has quadrupled the amount of books in its library and, as of this review, has 500,000 titles. There's something for everybody, from lesser-known works to books from popular authors such as Orwell, Fitzgerald, and Tolkien.

Read anywhere: Now that the service has expanded support to Android, people with multiple gadgets can rejoice. … Read more

Nook Press self-publishing tool expands to global markets

Barnes & Noble's Nook Press, a self-publishing tool for aspiring authors, has expanded its footprint in international markets.

Nook Press is now available in authors and publishers in the UK, France, and Germany, among other European countries, Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday. Nook authors can upload their titles for sale on Nook devices and through Barnes & Noble's e-reader apps. Authors share the revenue with Barnes & Noble, with royalty rates based on list price. All authors are paid in their local currency.

Barnes & Noble launched its self-publishing tool last year to compete with Amazon and … Read more

Apple files appeal in e-book antitrust case

Apple filed an appeal Tuesday of a federal judge's ruling last year that the company violated US antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix e-book prices.

The appeal, filed with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, called the ruling last July by US District Court Judge Denise Cote "a radical departure from modern antitrust law and policy" that if allowed to stand "would stifle innovation, chill competition, and harm consumers."

In April 2012, the Justice Department sued Apple along with five of the six largest book publishers in the … Read more

Oyster e-book subscription service just got interesting

If you're the parent of a young reader, you know that kids can chew through books faster than a dog chews through tennis shoes. (I'm speaking figuratively, of course -- unless your kids are teething.)

That's awesome, though indulging this wonderful love of reading can get expensive. Too bad there's no "Netflix for e-books," no way to pay a small monthly fee for all the children's books your children can read.

There is now. Oyster, a startup e-book subscription service, just announced a new children's section, one that's stocked with hundreds … Read more

Apple loses bid to yank court-appointed antitrust monitor

It's no secret that Apple has been unhappy with the court-appointed antitrust monitor watching over its shoulder -- but, it appears the company is going to have to get used to it for the time being.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Apple's motion on Monday to put the court-appointed monitor's duties on hold while it seeks a more expansive appeal to remove him completely. In other words, monitor Michael Bromwich may continue to keep tabs on Apple's antitrust compliance policies for e-books.

"We are pleased with the court's decision,&… Read more

Scribd extends e-book subscription app to Kindle Fire

Scribd, hailed as the YouTube of documents and now trying to become the Netflix of digital books, has launched a Kindle Fire app.

Like its Android and iOS apps, the Kindle Fire app allows Scribd's premium account holders to check out e-books from the company's library of "100,000 +" titles that make up the backbone of Scribd's fledgling e-book subscription service, which made its debut in October. At the same time, Scribd is updating its iOS and Android with new features, including more fonts, a night reading mode, and the ability to rate content within … Read more

DOJ: Court didn't abuse power by appointing Apple monitor

The US Department of Justice on Friday argued that a US court didn't abuse its power by naming an external monitor to oversee Apple's compliance with antitrust law and that an appeals court should deny Apple's motions to get rid of the monitor.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday had granted Apple's motion to hold off on having an external monitor to make sure it complies with antitrust laws, saying it would give Apple a reprieve until a panel can examine the issue.

The government, in an opposition filing Friday, said the court acted within its … Read more

Apple gets temporary break from antitrust monitor

A federal appeals court on Tuesday granted Apple's motion to hold off on having an external monitor to make sure it complies with antitrust laws, saying it will give Apple a reprieve until a panel can examine the issue.

At a hearing last week, District Court Judge Denise Cote denied Apple's request to put the monitoring on hold until its appeal of her ruling is complete. Last July, Cote found Apple violated antitrust laws, orchestrating a conspiracy to fix the prices of e-books. She then appointed an external monitor to keep tabs on the company's compliance with … Read more

Judge rebuffs Apple attempt to block e-books monitor

A US judge on Monday denied Apple's attempt to throw off an external monitor she appointed to keep tabs on the company's compliance with antitrust laws, following her ruling of Apple's e-books conspiracy last year.

At a hearing, Judge Denise Cote denied Apple's request to put the monitoring on hold until its appeal of her ruling is complete, according to Reuters. Last July, Cote found Apple violated antitrust laws, orchestrating a conspiracy to fix the prices of e-books.

Cote in October named former Assistant US Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich as the monitorRead more

How to check out library e-books on your Kindle Fire

These days I do most of my reading on my Kindle Fire, and whenever possible I grab e-books from my local library. Because, you know, they're free.

If you've never checked out a book this way, or you're still doing it the "old way," you may be surprised to learn it's quite easy. You don't need to download a file to your PC and "sideload" it into your Kindle or anything like that. In fact, you don't need your PC or Mac at all.

What you do need is a … Read more