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The Future of the Ebook

The Future of the Ebook

British Bookstore Shuts Down to Scrub Self-Published Dad Porn from Site

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Have you tried searching Amazon for anything other than a specific book lately? Don’t, because your results will be clogged with crap. Try finding a half-decent romance novel and it’ll become instantly clear why GoodReads has gotten so popular–keyword searches are full of poorly written pornography with hideous covers.

But the flood of poorly vetted self-published work poses much, much bigger problems for booksellers. Take, for instance, British bookseller W.H. Smith, which was recently found to be carrying titles like Daddy Rapes the Virgin Daughter in the Attic and Amber’s Rape By Her Parolee Father. A search for “daddy” would return eye-searing results, inspiring a shitstorm across the pond in the U.K. Read More

The Future of the Ebook

England’s Nana Queen Elizabeth Wonders If Maybe the Kids Should Put Those iPads Down

She LOVES apps.(Photo by Ian Gavan/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Joanne Harris, author of the novel Chocolat, was recently awarded with an MBE, a royal honor, for her literary endeavors. As part of the ceremony, reports the Telegraph, she chatted for a few, brief moments with the Queen. 

Turns out, HRH Bitsy just wanted to talk about how tech is turning Britain’s youth into a bunch of philistines: “She asked me what I thought about e-books and computer games and said that she feared that children were playing with those more than they were reading books,” Ms. Harris told the Telegraph. Read More

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Oyster Offers All-You-Can-Read Ebooks For Less Than $10 a Month

Now on iPad. (Photo: Oyster)

Last October, Oyster, a subscription-based ebooks startup, announced a $3 million seed investment from Founders Fund. Almost a year later, the company is finally opening the results up to the public, launching its service (on iPhones only, sadly) with more than 100,000 titles. $9.95 a month gets you all you can read.

Readers should get ready to gorge themselves–but don’t delete your Kindle app just yet, either. Read More

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Apple Found Guilty of Conspiring to Increase Ebook Prices

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You’ll all no doubt be relieved that the dangerous antitrust wizards at Apple have been stopped… from encouraging anyone else to jack up their ebook prices.

Reuters reports that a judge has ruled that the company conspired with five publishers to drive up prices on ebooks. Not exactly the most thrilling case of collusion the law’s ever seen, but you know, these are tough times for the book business and they don’t have the appetite for shenanigans they once did. Read More

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Recovering the Classics Launches to Give Public Domain Books Decent Covers, at Long Last

Pretty. (Photo: Daily Lit)

Many of the great classics of English literature are now in the public domain and, therefore, available for download pretty cheaply on Amazon. The downside is that most of the covers are half-assed and, often, ugly as a mud fence. Even those Barnes & Noble Classics are pretty meh.

Enter Recovering the Classics, an attempt to crowdsource actually attractive covers, making its debut today as literary types descend on New York for Book Expo America. It’s the fruit of a collaboration between DailyLit and the Creative Action Network (the guys behind Design for Obama), who are asking the public to take a stab at updated illustrations for 50 public domain works. Read More

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Meet Luna Loupe, Author of Some of the Most Bizarre Erotica Amazon Has to Offer

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Luna Loupe is a prolific writer. According to Amazon, the self-described “erotica author, geek and generally classy lady” has written 25 anthologies of completely bizarre, out-there paranormal sex novels.

Though she hasn’t updated her blog or tweeted since 2012, Laughing Squid picked up one of her stranger works out of the blue today. Called Someone to Cuttle, the erotic story revolves around a gay man who discovers and eventually has a sexual relationship with a trio of shapeshifting cuttlefish. “18+ only!” reads the warning. “Contains partial shifting, hot gay sex, and a cuttlefish shifter gangbang!” Read More

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Let’s Give Amazon the .Book Domain, That’ll End Well

Old school, meet new school. (flickr.com/friarsbalsam)

Hey, you know what sounds like a great idea? Giving the juggernaut Amazon any more of a stranglehold on the book business. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Author’s Guild, the Association of American Publishers and those poor bastards at Barnes & Noble are all raising hue and cry in opposition to Amazon’s attempt to stake out such generic top-level domains as “.book” and “.read,” saying it’s a threat to competition. Read More