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UK book publishers allegedly fighting Amazon over new contract terms

06/27, 8:42am

Amazon seeks right to print out-of-stock books in negotiations with publishers

Amazon is allegedly battling publishers in the United Kingdom for more favorable contract terms, including the right to print out-of-stock books. The retailer wants to be able to print more copies of works if publishers are unable to provide sufficient stock, with the proposal one of a number said to be under negotiation between Amazon and independent publishers.

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Hachette book sales restricted by Amazon 'for reasons of its own'

05/09, 10:22am

Hachette confirms delays by Amazon, not by Hachette ordering system

Book publisher Hachette is claiming that Amazon is throttling availability of its books for sale on the e-retailer's site. The claims by Hachette belie arguments made by Amazon in Judge Denise Cote's court during the Apple e-book anti-trust conspiracy trial , in which Amazon executives testified that Amazon never uses its market position as the dominant bookseller in the US to negotiate better terms -- despite ample evidence to the contrary.

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Eddy Cue denies pen-throwing incident in Haunted Empire book

03/19, 1:36pm

Top Apple executives cast doubt on book

Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is denying an incident mentioned in the recent Yukari Iwatani Kane book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs. The book claims that at one point, Jobs threw a pen at Cue's face. Asked if the anecdote is true, Cue told a reporter "No it's not."

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Cook calls Haunted Empire 'nonsense,' insists Apple as strong as ever

03/18, 5:02pm

Book claims declining Apple culture

Yukari Iwatani Kane's book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs is "nonsense," claims Apple CEO Tim Cook. "This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I've read about Apple," he says in a statement to CNBC. "It fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company. Apple has over 85,000 employees that come to work each day to do their best work, to create the world's best products, to put their mark in the universe and leave it better than they found it. This has been the heart of Apple from day one and will remain at the heart for decades to come. I am very confident about our future."

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Kindle MatchBook to offer cheap, free ebooks from past Amazon orders

09/03, 10:50am

Over 10,000 ebooks available through program at launch in October

Amazon has announced a new program that will provide Kindle owners digital copies of books they already own. Kindle MatchBook will allow Amazon customers to get an ebook version of physical versions bought through the retailer in the past, with titles either being offered at no charge or for between $0.99 and $2.99 each.

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Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography to reach paperback on September 10th

06/17, 2:38pm

Will include new cover, afterword

A paperback version of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs is going on sale September 10th, according to publisher Simon & Schuster. The new edition will differ little from previous digital and hardcover releases, mainly gaining a new afterword and a new cover. The latter is a photo by Norman Seeff shot in 1984, but with Jobs in the exact same pose as the previous cover, which used an Albert Watson portrait from 2006.

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Waterstones founder to launch Read Petite by end of year

04/11, 12:59pm

Subscription service aims to become 'Spotify of Books'

The founder of the Waterstones book chain in the United Kingdom is setting up a subscription service for digital books. Read Petite will allow customers to read short stories and serializations, with an unlimited number of novellas readable for a monthly fee, effectively becoming the equivalent of Spotify but for ebooks and magazines.

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Barnes and Noble deploys new self-publishing service Nook Press

04/09, 4:03pm

New tools offer more author flexibility, better tracking of sales

Barnes and Noble e-publishing subsidiary Nook Media today announced the launch of Nook Press, a new self-publishing platform offering authors a fast and free way to write, edit, collaborate, and offer eBooks to avid readers. The new platform replaces the previous PubIt! platform after two and a half years of service.

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Google adds Read Aloud text-to-speech to Play Books app

12/19, 1:47pm

Reading feature accompanied by pinch-zoom, bug fixes

Google has updated its ebook app for Android with a feature that reads books aloud for the user. Updated yesterday, Google Play Books (Google Play) also adds the ability to pinch or double-tap to zoom, text-editing features for notes, as well as recommending other titles within the Play bookstore, using the already-owned book collection and popular titles to offer potential titles to purchase.

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Wiley names BitTorrent infringers, demands trial by jury

04/18, 6:50pm

Book publisher seeks trial based on ip evidence

Book publisher John Wiley and Sons has named people accused of sharing books online and is calling for a trial with jury. If the trial goes ahead, this will be the first time a case based on evidence from BitTorrent will be tested in court.

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'Inside Apple' promises details on Apple's internal ops

01/03, 11:15am

Writer talks DRI, Top 100 retreats

A upcoming book by Fortune editor-at-large Adam Lashinsky -- Inside Apple -- is promising to lay out Apple's "secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies," according to press material. Due on January 25th, the title is said to be "based on numerous interviews" and hold "exclusive new information" about a collection of topics. Among these are Apple's approach to innovation, its supply chain deals, and the transition into a world without Steve Jobs.

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Amazon confirms Jobs bio topped both print and Kindle sales

12/12, 1:30pm

Sales great 'in both formats,' company says

Online retailer Amazon has today confirmed that Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography led in combined Kindle and print book sales at its storefront during 2011. "We chose ‘Steve Jobs’ as one of the Top 10 best books of the year, and even though it was published in October, the sales have been phenomenal in both formats," comments Amazon's senior editor for books, Chris Schluep. The title was earlier announced as Amazon's bestselling book of 2011, but that ranking appears to have excluded Kindle editions.

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Steve Jobs biography tops Amazon bestsellers for 2011

12/06, 11:15am

Title available for less than two months

Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography has topped Amazon's bestselling book list for 2011, a new chart shows. Amazon has not said how many copies of the title it has sold so far, but the achievement is significant just based on the length of time the book has been available. It only went on sale October 23rd, moving 379,000 copies in its first week.

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New book compiles email exchanges with Steve Jobs

11/22, 12:15pm

Friendly exchanges balanced by insults

A new book, Letters to Steve by Mark Milian, chronicles and explores some of the email exchanges between former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the public, CNN notes. Jobs was unusual among major tech executives in having a well-known email address from which the public could actually get a response. In an official book description, the CEO is described as having "handled customer-service inquiries himself and carefully revealed hints about upcoming Apple products, guaranteeing headlines on blogs." In other highlighted exchanges, though, Jobs allegedly "lobs insults, bends the truth and uses misdirection in order to manipulate anyone on the receiving end."

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Steve Jobs bio poised to become Amazon bestseller for 2011

10/24, 4:25pm

Digital version could trump paper sales

The newly-released Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson is on track to becoming an Amazon bestseller, a company spokeswoman tells Reuters. "The way things are trending, it could very likely be our top-selling book of the year," says Brittany Turner. No sales numbers have been mentioned so far.

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Jobs bio author admits knowing disease was terminal

10/06, 11:55am

Publication date moved up to October 24th

Walter Isaacson -- the author of an upcoming authorized Steve Jobs biography -- knew Jobs was on the verge of death several weeks ago, according to a source for the Wall Street Journal. Isaacson is said to have last interviewed Jobs about four weeks ago, both immediately before and after he resigned from his role as Apple CEO. It was at that point that Jobs acknowledged he was dying, which may suggest that he was resistant to letting go of the company he helped found. The confession is expected to be at the end of the biography, which is simply named Steve Jobs.

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Judge approves time extension for Google books settlement

09/15, 5:00pm

Groups have until July to reach new deal

Manhattan federal court Judge Denny Chin once again approved a time extension for Google to work out a settlement in its dispute with groups representing authors and publishers. Both sides now have nine additional months to reach an agreement in the ongoing conflict, which has continued to develop over six years without a resolution.

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Jobs biography grows by over 200 pages, release date unsure

09/12, 12:50pm

Resignation add-on may be to blame

The size of Walter Isaacson's authorized Steve Jobs biography has grown by more than 200 pages, a check of Simon & Schuster's website shows. The book is now listed at 656 pages by its publisher, versus the 448 announced earlier. The latter figure is still displayed on the iBookstore.

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Authorized Jobs biography to include resignation

08/25, 12:50pm

Will feature Jobs' perspective on event

The upcoming authorized Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson will include a section about the CEO's resignation, says publisher Simon & Schuster. Jobs resigned just yesterday, and the book is scheduled to hit shelves November 21st; the timing leaves Isaacson and Simon & Schuster a relatively small window in which to research, write and revise extra content before printing. A spokeswoman for the publisher, Tracey Guest, says however that Isaacson "speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on the final chapter of the book."

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Faster biography launch 'not related' to Jobs' health

08/16, 11:20am

Original 2012 date simply matter of convenience

The sudden change in the date of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography isn't connected to the CEO's health, an interview with Isaacson reveals. The book was originally scheduled to ship in March 2012, but on Monday received a new date, November 21st 2011. "It's actually not related to any decline," says Isaacson.

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Sanctioned Steve Jobs biography due on November 21st

08/15, 12:45pm

Will beat previously announced 2012 date

An anticipated Steve Jobs biography will hit shelves on November 21st of this year, according to a new Barnes & Noble listing. Via that retailer the book will cost $15 for download to a Nook or the Nook app, or $32.50 in hardcover form. A preorder of the hardcover is much cheaper, only $20.40.

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Books may hint at July or August launch of Mac OS X Lion

02/14, 11:30am

Fits with official Apple timelines

Several book listings at Amazon.co.uk may suggest that Mac OS X Lion will ship in late July or early August. Mac OS X Lion For Dummies and Mac OS X Lion All-in-One For Dummies are both allegedly shipping on July 28th, despite the fact that Apple has not set a firm release date for its software. Mac OS X Lion Bible and Teach Yourself Visually Mac OS X Lion are due on July 29th, while Mac OS X Lion Portable Genius is targeted at August 5th, and Mac OS X Lion Simplified is set to arrive August 26th.

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Reviews: Scanner Pro for iPhone, new Snow Leopard books

11/10, 12:15pm

Authors tackle Snow Leopard quirks

MacNN has produced two new reviews, the first covering Readdle's Scanner Pro for iPhone. The app uses an iPhone's camera as a document capture tool, transforming photos into PDFs which can then be uploaded to several destinations or copied back to a Mac or PC. After capturing an image, users can rely on default processing, switch to grayscale, or make tweaks to contrast and brightness.

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iPublishWidget integrates with SEO Title Cards

05/31, 10:45pm

iPublishWidget with Bowker

Bowker and Impelsys have announced a joint marketing program for Bowker's SEO Title Cards and Impelsys' iPublishWidget. The integration aims to simplify the process of marketing and selling books through Broker's Print catalog. Affiliate sales-channeling elements can be controlled using iPublishWidget within SEO Title Cards. Widgets can also include links to a user's online catalog through Boker's MyIdentifiers.com title-management platform.

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AppleScript 1-2-3 guides readers through coding

12/24, 12:25pm

AppleScript 1-2-3 guide

Peachpit Press has published AppleScript 1-2-3, a new guidebook for users and developers. The book is said to take readers step-by-step through the coding of AppleScripts, which can be used to automate many of the tasks a person normally performs on a Mac. 1-2-3 is particularly aimed at beginners, as it requires no previous programming experience, but is still said to offer information useful for experts.

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Axiotron ships Modbook tablet Mac

01/02, 11:55am

Axiotron ships Modbook

Axiotron has begun shipping its Modbook tablet Mac, a modified MacBook with a built-in Wacom digitized pen-sensitive liquid crystal display. The only Mac-based tablet on the market won the Best of Show award at Macworld Expo 2007 after debuting at the event. The Modbook features a 2.0GHz or 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Inkwell handwriting recognition software, a 24x DVD combo or 8x DVD SuperDrive, GPS support, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Modbooks start at $2,300 and include a 1-year warranty.

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Amazon Kindle gains third-party support

12/11, 3:05pm

Third-party Kindle support

Amazon's hyped Kindle book reader now has third-party support, an electronic book publisher has announced. Fictionwise says that over 15,000 titles are available for the Kindle from its MultiFormat category, including works by the likes of Mark Twain, Franz Kafka and Poppy Z. Brite. Shoppers cannot however download directly to their readers, as they can with official Amazon books: they must either download to their computer first and sync via USB, or else have Fictionwise e-mail books to their Kindle with a 10-cent Amazon surcharge.

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Briefly: Keyboard shortcuts book

12/05, 7:00pm

Eschalon ship date

In brief: A new book delving into Mac OS X keybaord shortcuts has been released, a new volume of SL MultiTracks CID WAV Drum Loops debuts, a release date for the game Eschalon: Book I has been released, PulpMotion is coming to North American stores, LightScribe holiday templates have been released ... A new book, Core Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts, by Dean Pirera, is coming out this January (2008) written exclusively for Mac users wanting to learn all the tips and tricks for navigating with a keyboard. The book is printed in a handy A5 spiral bound format and is the most comprehensive desktop reference guide of its kind available with over 1,000 Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts laid out tables all thoroughly tested on OS X 10.5 Leopard. Included are keyboard shortcuts for Finder, Apple Mail, Address Book, Safari, iTunes, iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand (the entire iLife '08 suite) the OS X system itself and more.

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