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


    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


    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 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 to, seemingly coincidentally, announce plans to push down pricing on its ebooks, from $15 to $10 in some cases.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: Texts From Hillary

    Things We Saw Today

    So, we found Texts From Hillary today, and now you know about it, too. You're welcome.

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  12. Pottermore Is Finally Here! Read Harry Potter EBooks For The First Time Today!

    This is just like magic!

    I feel like singing Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter novels are finally available for download on ereaders today. You know what that means...Harry Potter re-read! 

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  13. Is Manga Obscene? Canada and Amazon Seem to Think So


    Things aren't going so well for graphic novel and manga publishing. In March of 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund issued an advisory about transporting comics and graphic novels across international borders. Two months later a comics fan named Tom Neeley was detained at the Canadian border, and his copy of the comic anthology Black Eye confiscated by customs. CBR reported then that Canadian censorship seemed particularly aimed at Japanese comics and gay-themed material. Last week Comics Alliance reported that criminal charges of child pornography possession had been dropped against U.S. citizen Ryan Matheson, who, in 2010, "entered Ottawa on vacation with a laptop that contained comics images that Matheson described as 'anime illustrations from art books' and 'drawings of fictional anime and manga characters.'"

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  14. Dep. of Justice May Take Apple and the 5 Biggest Publishers To Court Over Ebook Price Fixing

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    And we were just talking about Amazon throwing its weight around to get small publishers to lower their ebook pricing even if they think it would be financially against their interests... now the US Department of Justice has warned Apple, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, the Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins that it will be investigating them for possible violations of Anti-Trust Law in their pricing of eBooks. The case rests on the rules Apple set down for how publishers would be required to publish their books to the iPad, and some significant differences between their rules and the way publishers interact with physical retailers.

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  15. Amazon Ditches Entire Independent Publisher; Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writers of America Ditches Amazon

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    Amazon is sitting pretty at the top of the pecking order of the eReader market, in part because its spot atop the online retail market gives it the freedom to set Kindle prices low. Lower, in fact, than most other eReader formats; in a world where the Kindle takes 60% of the market in ebooks and is getting perilously synonymous with an electronic device dedicated to reading print publications. This means that when the company decides it doesn't like that its affiliates want to charge more for their books, they can simply refuse to make some perfectly compatible ebooks unavailable on the platform, with devastating results to that publisher.
    “This should be a matter of concern and a cautionary tale for the smaller presses whose licenses will come up for renewal,” said Andy Ross, an agent and a former bookseller. “They are being offered a Hobson’s choice of accepting Amazon’s terms, which are unsustainable, or losing the ability to sell Kindle editions of their books, the format that constitutes about 60 percent of all e-books.”

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  16. Help Author Diane Duane Recover Her Savings by Buying Her E-Books at a Discount

    Make It So

    Diane Duane, one of our favorite YA science fiction authors, is having a pretty horrible start to her new year; her entire bank account was sucked dry by some nasty, nasty jerkweed, and she's been left with nothing. While her bank is actively helping her and her husband to regain their funds, there are still bills that need to be paid before the mess is completely sorted out and their balance is restored. So, what can we do to help? Buy her e-books. She's even offering a 20 percent discount on her titles. Think of this way: every Diane Duane e-book bought is like "spitting in the face" of the person who screwed her over. Details on where to direct that spit are right after the jump.

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  17. At What Temperature Do E-Readers Burn? Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Finally Going Digital


    You know, I thought it was kind of funny when Amazon named their latest Kindle, Fire. It made me think about book burnings and specifically, Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. So it was even more interesting when I read the news today that 91-year-old Bradbury finally conceded to transferring his famous novel to the digital format. That's hot. 

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  18. No Harry Potter E-Books on Pottermore Until Next Year

    Never Mind

    Sad face. I signed myself up for the Beta of J.K. Rowling's Pottermore (with three different email addresses I might add) on the first day you were able to do so - Harry Potter and Rowling's birthday, July 31. You know what I still don't have? A beta code to Pottermore. What's worse, even those that do won't be able to read the best-selling book series on the website until next year.

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  19. Amazon’s New Netflix-Style Library for eBooks Coming Soon?

    Just What You've Always Wanted

    Has the time finally come for Amazon start start lending out ebooks? The Wall Street Journal says that this might just be a possibility soon, and that the online retailer has been in talks with several book publishers about a service that would involve customers paying a monthly fee to access ebooks temporarily, Netflix-style. All this, just in time for the release of their new tablet.

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  20. Kindle Library Lending Is Coming to Actual Libraries

    Good News Everyone!

    Amazon has announced that later this year, Kindle users will be able to borrow e-books from 11,000 participating libraries using its new Library Lending service. This applies to all Kindle services including every generation of Kindle devices and all the platforms offering the Kindle app. Not only that, but Library Lending will also incorporate Whispersync technology, which allows users to take notes in the margins of the books they borrow.

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