Reader's Digest E-books on iBooks

Recently, the YUDU books team had the pleasure of working on some beautiful Reader's Digest e-books provided to us by Reader's Digest books. Read more »

Fallen agents - how everything just changed

The Department of Justice's lawsuit against Apple and five of America's biggest publishers begins like a John Grisham novel, talking of Apple's "aikido move", violations of anti-trust law, and tens of millions of dollars having been overspent on e-books. But in reality the document is a 49-page slasher-novel that leaves no-one in the industry unscathed. Read more »

B&N's UK Nook and other diggeri-pokery

It seems now not to be a matter of if, or even when, but how the Nook will arrive in the UK. Many publishers we've spoken to over the past week suggest that a London Book Fair announcement is coming from the giant US bookseller Barnes & Noble. This makes sense. B&N needs a stage and LBF has always provided a publicity platform for such launches: think Google many years ago. Read more »

Titanic app: going down in history

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of its sinking – Titanic: Her Journey collates the knowledge of the world's foremost Titanic experts in one handy app. So how did we do it? Read more »


Link of the Day

Does the Agency Pricing issue make your brain hurt?

Fear not. Help is at hand. Wired/Tim Carmody's piece on what's at stake and how it all works (or doesn't) in a legal sense is today's must read for all in the book trade. Includes:

definition of hub-and-spoke conspiracy (bad)

definition of conscious parallelism (good)

and some really powerful and interesting points about the legal ramifications of the court accepting the model. 

Go. Learn.


Why We Should Care - GAME goes into administration

So, GAME has finally, officially, gone into administration.

First up, best of luck to the near 6000 people employed by the group, and let's hope that there is at least some form of positive outlook.

So why should the book trade care other than a sympathy vote?

Quite apart from the fact that many stores will close and give us one less reason to visit the High St, let's start by looking at the parallels, especially here in the UK (and I'm massively generalizing here, but I could spend all day writing this post...): Read more »

The view from down under

Sometimes it’s handy to have an older sibling who is going through the rites of passage just a little before it’s your turn.  Read more »

Research Reveals Current Situation of eBooks in Brazil

Since the commercial sale of eBooks began in Brazil in late 2009, the number of digital books in Portuguese was always scarce - never more than a few thousand. Apparently, the situation is changing. Read more »

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