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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

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

Apple won't cooperate with antitrust probe, lawyer charges

Apple has proven itself a pain in the neck for a court-appointed monitor, at least according to a legal document filed on Monday.

In October, a US judge asked former Assistant US Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich to keep tabs on Apple following a ruling that charged the company with conspiring with other publishers to set e-book prices.

Just one month after the investigation started, Apple and Bromwich were already at odds with each other. Apple cited the attorney's fees as excessive, while Bromwich complained that his requests to meet with key Apple people were largely … Read more

Sexy beasts: Why 'monster porn' needs love too

It's easy to mock book titles like "Boffing Bigfoot," "Taken by the Tentacle Monsters," and "Sex With My Husband's Anatomically Correct Robot," but there's a growing market for erotic fiction by amateur writers that involves something a bit more unusual than an oversexed pirate or kilted warrior.

If romance e-books with sexy Yeti, mermen, Cthulhu, and aliens fill your tablet or e-reader and send your heart racing, the increasingly popularity of books featuring non-human love interests will come as no surprise. However, many may have been introduced to so-called monster porn for the first time thanks to a recent Business Insider piece on e-book retailers cracking down on this literary genre that's gaining a wide following online. One of the titles in question, "Moan For Bigfoot" by Virginia Wade, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

As a lifelong geek and hard-core fan of horror and fantasy books, I totally get the appeal. Let's face it -- an affair with a rich sultan or a fascinating count probably isn't going to happen in real life, so why not read about a flirty fling with a centaur instead? … Read more

Review: Lektz eBook Reader gives you tons of format support

Lektz eBook Reader works well as a universal eBook reader thanks to its great format support. Its layout lets your eBooks shine their best and brightest, but it's a little lacking in the features department. A night mode or better annotations would push this reader up with the big names like Nook and Kindle.

This application supports any Lektz Publisher Stores' books, so you'll definitely need it if you download your books from that market. In addition to supporting those, Lektz eBook Reader offers support for both EPUB 2 and EPUB 3, as well as PDFs and other … Read more

Oyster entices users to read with a free trial and iPad app

It has been one month since I encountered Oyster, a startup company that offers buffet-style selections of books to iPhone owners for a monthly fee. Since the initial product rollout, the service has been slowly expanding with new titles. With a free, one-month trial and the introduction of its iPad app, Oyster makes reading that much more accessible. My inner bookworm and outer cheapskate couldn't help but take Oyster up on its offer.

My first reaction to Oyster's service was that it would be painful to do any long reading on the iPhone's tiny screen. Even with … Read more

Author pleads: Please don't buy my new novel on Amazon (Q&A)

Author Jaime Clarke's new novel "Vernon Downs" will be available on Amazon in April of next year, but fans and new readers who heed the author's plea can get a copy this December. His only request: Buy "Vernon Downs" straight from the publisher and not from Amazon.

In a Web site aptly named pleasedontbuymybookonamazon.com, Clarke lays out his call to support independent publishing and push back against the aggressive cost-cutting tactics of Amazon that, he says, are great for consumers but detrimental to the livelihood of independent publishing.

Clarke -- who also published … Read more

Apple's very busy day in court

To say Apple's got a lot going on this Friday is, perhaps, putting it lightly.

The tech company is duking it out against Samsung in two separate legal arenas, both over possible sales bans on phones in the U.S. and potentially the future of patent law. Apple's also going up against the Department of Justice to argue over what happens to its e-books business since losing that case last month.

Here's a quick primer about what's going on with each of those on Friday, and why they're important.

Apple vs. Samsung / Samsung vs. Apple … Read more

Review: 10000+ Free eBooks Reader lets you access and read thousands of books

10000+ Free eBooks Reader gives the user access to thousands of free books and a basic reading tool to enjoy them after they are downloaded. The book selection consists of the usual classics as well as some modern day bestsellers. The avid reader should have little difficulty finding a good book among thousands that are available, and even a beginner will find the application easy to use.

The installation and setup for 10000+ Free eBooks Reader goes easy. The download time is very quick due to the small size of the application and no further registration is required to get … Read more

Kindle for iOS adds book samples, but there's still no store

Kindle for iOS is an excellent e-reader app that seamlessly ties to your Amazon account. The latest version comes with new book samples that let you read the first chapter of any book before buying, and lets you download third-party dictionary apps for looking up definitions while you read.

Unfortunately, Apple's stringent App Store rules against apps that compete with iBooks mean you'll still need to buy books through Amazon's Web site instead of from a dedicated e-book store within the Kindle app. Luckily, the process is pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and … Read more