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The Future of the Ebook

The Future of the Ebook

Macmillian Finally Gives In to Ebook Subscription Services Oyster and Scribd

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About a month ago, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers, complained in a blog post that Amazon had an unfair stranglehold on their distribution channels, and that Macmillan might consider subscription ebook services like Oyster and Scribd. As of today, Macmillan’s finally signed on to start offering their books with the two top ebook subscription startups.

The first is Oyster, the company commonly labelled the “Netflix for books,” regardless of whether they like the label or not. The other is Scribd, which could be better described as the YouTube for books, given their mix of professionally published books and a vast library of user generated content. Read More

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Oyster Launches on Desktop, Makes Books Look More Like Blog Posts

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Oyster is on a roll lately. They’ve been signing up new publishers, launching new apps, getting good reviews — they’ve even gotten people to rightfully start calling them the “Netflix for Books.”

To add to all of that, as of this morning Oyster is launching their desktop app, making their books available wherever there’s a working browser tab. Though Read More

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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

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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