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  1. On This, Her 88th Birthday, Harper Lee Agrees To Digital Release Of To Kill a Mockingbird

    Forsooth!

    Harper Lee, author of one of the classics, To Kill a Mockingbird is celebrating her 88th birthday today and decided to make a rather big announcement. Digital Spy writes, "In a rare public statement released through her publisher, HarperCollins, Lee said: 'I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.' " Just last year, the author was in a legal battle over the rights to the novel, which she said had been stolen from her by her literary agent through trickery. That suit was settled to Lee's satisfaction and you'll be able to purchase the novel digitally (both e-book and audio book versions) starting July 8. (via Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  2. Need More Of 11′s Last Days? There’s A Doctor Who Ebook For That!

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    If you were one of those fans who thought Matt Smith's last episode of Doctor Who glossed over a tremendous amount of information, this news is for you. 

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  3. Apple Found Guilty of eBook Price Fixing; Amazon Cackles, Twirls Moustache

    Insidery

    I can't blame you if you haven't been following the Department of Justice's suit against Apple and (originally) five other book publishers for price fixing in the eBook market. It's kind of arcane and weird, but it's an arcane and weird thing that may affect the entire electronic book market, and if you're the kind of book reader who looks at gamers flipping out about DRM that places unreasonable requirements on the user and thinks "there but for the grace of God go I," you might want to pay attention. Just in case.

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  4. If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you're also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine. eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they're getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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  5. Sci-Fi Authors Big and Small Rally Against Games Workshop’s “Space Marine” Trademark Bullying

    the internet is serious business

    If I say the phrase "space marine," you probably know what I'm talking about, right? Halo, Aliens, Starship Troopers, Starcraft... highly trained men and women equipped with oversized future weaponry, a thirst for alien blood, and a disdain for intellectual pursuits (except for that one guy... there's always that one guy). It's a name that writers and readers of science fiction have been using to describe a kind of character since Heinlein. "Space marine" is also a registered trademark of Games Workshop, the publishers of the Warhammer 4000 strategy games, and you'd think that in deference to the history of the term and the sources that inspired the genre in which Warhammer is set, they wouldn't throw their weight around too much on its account. But as author M.C.A. Hogarth found last year, and the writing community found out this week, you'd be wrong.

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  6. First Bookless Public Library Features E-readers You Can Borrow

    The Future Is Now!

    Not quite sure e-readers are for you? They are a significant expense after all, and not everyone is ready to leave those delicious smelling pages behind. But you're in luck if you live near Bexar County in Texas. They're about to open the nation's first bookless public library system.

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  7. Book Purses, The Perfect Solution For When You Switch To An E-Reader

    Why Not Do It With Some Style?

    If you're a book lover like I am, it both excited and vexed you when e-readers were invented. True, you could have any number of books ready to read at a whim but the downside is, no one else knew what you were reading. Here's one solution via Etsy user NovelCreations - book purses! See if your favorite old or new classic has been turned into a e-reader transportation device.

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  8. Amazon Secures Licensing Rights To Let Kindle Users Borrow Harry Potter

    This is just like magic!

    For a long time, Harry Potter fans were wondering when J.K. Rowling's novels about the boy wizard would make their way to e-readers. Turns out, she was holding out for something extra special - Pottermore. Although you can download the series onto Sony Reader, Kindle, the Nook, and Google Play, and the retailers get a cut of the sales, the power still resides with Pottermore. Until now. Rowling has struck a deal with Amazon to offer all of the Harry Potter books through their lending library. 

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  9. Latest Salvo in eBook Battles: Forget About Buying a Kindle at Target

    Not all that glitters is gold

    When the Department of Justice announcing an investigation and subsequent suit against Apple and five other eBook publishers for price fixing, Amazon, the 1k pound gorilla of the eBook market and the biggest eBook publisher not named in the suit, immediately lowered its eBook pricing, by as much as a third in some cases. See, the way it works is, Amazon is using the market dominance of its Kindle (60% of the eReader market) to set prices lower than many publishers consider profitable, in an effort to collect even more of the market. Apple, alternatively, takes 30% of any eBook sales on iBooks, and requires any publisher they work with to never sell an eBook for less than the price they sell for iBooks. Are both attempts to create prices based on something other than immediate, per-book profitability? Yes. Are both of them at odds with each other and bad for physical book sellers? Yup. Today, however, saw one of the weirder ways this fight is playing out, namely in the removal of all Amazon brand hardware from their stores.

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  10. Anti-Trust Suit Against Ebook Publishers That Aren’t Amazon Announced; Amazon Immediately Lowers Ebook Prices

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Just a month ago we were talking about the shady things Amazon.com does to use its 60% of the ebook market muscle to make smaller publishers lower prices against their better judgement. We were also talking about how the US Department of Justice had announced that it would be investigating six of Amazon's competitors in ebook publishing (Apple, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, the Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins) for colluding to set prices in the ebook market. Well, it only took about a month for the DoJ to announce that they had indeed found, in their opinion, enough evidence to prove that the six were trying to fix prices. And it took less than a day for Amazon.com to, seemingly coincidentally, announce plans to push down pricing on its ebooks, from $15 to $10 in some cases.

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