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Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription e-books service leaks in testing

07/16, 2:16pm

Cached pages detail Kindle Unlimited service with over 600,000 books

Amazon is allegedly testing an e-book subscription service the retailer could offer to Kindle customers sometime in the future. Effectively operating in a similar way to Netflix for video or Spotify for music, Kindle Unlimited will apparently provide "unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks" at a cost of $10 per month.

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Samsung, Amazon launch Kindle for Samsung app with free ebooks

04/17, 6:40am

Galaxy owners can claim one free Kindle book from monthly selection

Samsung has entered into a partnership with Amazon to provide owners of its Galaxy smartphone and tablets free books. The Kindle for Samsung app, a custom-built version of Amazon's e-reader just for Galaxy devices, will provide not only access to the online retailer's collection of books and reading material, but will also give app users a free ebook every month.

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Hands On: Oyster e-book subscription service

04/01, 12:05pm

New service brings Netflix-like convenience to readers

We're not sure that there's any debate about the future of subscription services for digital content. Between Netflix, Amazon Video, Next Issue, and a few other services offering near-unlimited consumption, our appetite seems voracious for digital offerings. A subscription service for e-books has recently launched for iOS called Oyster -- it purports to allows users access to over 200,000 titles offline and online. How well does it accomplish that goal, and does it give the reader a positive reading experience?

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Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook in US with 70,000 e-book collection

10/29, 11:29am

Free, cheap e-books provided to compliment physical book purchases

Amazon has launched its program that provides digital versions of books they already own in physical form, which can be read on a Kindle device or the Kindle app. Kindle MatchBook will provide Amazon customers in the US with Kindle titles that match books bought from the retailer in the past, with the Kindle copies being provided either at no charge or priced between $0.99 and $2.99 each.

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Oyster all-you-can-read ebook service launches invite-only service

09/08, 7:54pm

Offers over 100,000 ebooks to read for under $10 per month

A service seeking to become the equivalent of Netflix for ebooks has launched, and has begun sending invitations out for its service. Oyster, currently available on iPhone and iPod Touch with an iPad app due in the future, will provide US-based users with unlimited access to a library of over 100,000 books at a cost of $9.95 per month.

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Kindle MatchBook to offer cheap, free ebooks from past Amazon orders

09/03, 10:50am

Over 10,000 ebooks available through program at launch in October

Amazon has announced a new program that will provide Kindle owners digital copies of books they already own. Kindle MatchBook will allow Amazon customers to get an ebook version of physical versions bought through the retailer in the past, with titles either being offered at no charge or for between $0.99 and $2.99 each.

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Waterstones founder to launch Read Petite by end of year

04/11, 12:59pm

Subscription service aims to become 'Spotify of Books'

The founder of the Waterstones book chain in the United Kingdom is setting up a subscription service for digital books. Read Petite will allow customers to read short stories and serializations, with an unlimited number of novellas readable for a monthly fee, effectively becoming the equivalent of Spotify but for ebooks and magazines.

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Kobo targets Brazilian market with Livraria Cultura deal

09/16, 10:41pm

Livraria Cultura to sell Kobo devices below Kindle costs

Kobo will partner with major Brazilian bookseller Livraria Cultura to sell its e-readers and ebooks. The e-reader manufacturer confirmed the partnership in a blog post last Friday. The deal will give Kobo a foothold in the burgeoning Brazilian e-reader market, which has seen increased attention from the major digital reader and e-book retailers over the past year.

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Amazon New York signs e-book deal with distributor Ingram

08/29, 10:08pm

Ingram services Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo stores

Amazon Publishing's New York arm has signed a deal with media vendor Ingram to distribute its ebooks through other sales venues. CoreSource, Ingram's digital distribution channel, will distribute the ebook rights to Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo. Although e-books are "supplied" by Ingram, the choice remains with the vendor if it chooses to supply Amazon-published e-books.

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3M turnkey e-book lending system demoed

04/26, 12:10am

More than 40 publishers, 100,000 titles available

Technology company 3M and the St. Paul, Minnesota library held an open house today, demonstrating the new 3M cloud-based library e-book lending service. The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system, complete with pre-loaded and licensed digital content, in-library hardware, and access to apps for borrowing and reading. The complete system was made available to patrons for the first time at today's open house.

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Kobo eBook app updated for iOS 4, supports Retina Display

06/30, 2:55am

Version 3.2 supports multitasking, rich text, more

After inspiring the Kobo eReader and originally geared toward the iPad, Kobo has now brought its eReading app up to iOS 4 compatibility. The app, which opens up access to numerous eBooks in the Kobo library uses Kobo-optimized formatting, offers alternate appearances for bookmarks and an 'I'm Reading' feature for quickly switching between active books. It can sync across multiple platforms.

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Legend Maker 1.0 for Mac generates eBooks from RTF files

04/19, 6:25pm

eBook software is typography, layout aware

ZappTek has launched a new application, Legend Maker 1.0 for Mac OS X, which converts book manuscripts from word processor files to eBooks. The new software generates eBooks files that will work with the iPad, Kindle, Reader and Nook and also software readers ibis reader and bookworm. It can generate eBooks with complex layout and design, using images, indexes, tables of contents and footnotes and endnotes.

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eBook Reader utility finds and reads free eBooks

12/03, 8:30pm

Reader stores eBooks in bookshelf

Custom Solutions has introduced a new e-book utility, eBook Reader. The software can download free e-books and save them to a bookshelf folder kept in a user's Documents folder. While eBook Reader allows users to read the books directly from the software interface, it also provides an option to automatically convert text to speech. The reader can be expanded to fill the screen and supports fonts between 10-24 point sizes. It also bookmarks each location where the reader stops between sessions.

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Briefly: Mac maintenance e-books, CourseForum 2-for-1

05/26, 7:25pm

Circuit Strike.One

In brief: TidBITS publishing has released two new e-books, authored by Joe Kissell, which provide tips on maintaining and fixing Mac computers. The e-books can help Mac users achieve peak performance from their computers and are available for $10 each of $16 as a bundle. CourseForum Technologies has announced a new two-for-one promotion on all of its license sales. Any customer who purchases licenses for one of its products before June 30th will instantly receive double the order for free. Meanwhile, new details on the upcoming iPhone game Circuit Strike.One have been released. The game takes place inside a computer network where players are trying to hack all of the nodes in a network.

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Briefly: Caleido, LaCie merge; Parallels Summit, more

03/19, 7:30pm

Troubleshooting Mac OS X

In brief: LaCie has formed a strategic partnership with an online storage provider, while The X Lab has announced a new troubleshooting book and Parallels has opened preregistration to next year's summit. Caleido AG, creators of the online storage solution Wuala have announced that it has merged with LaCie, a manufacturer of external storage devices. Dominik Grolimund, co-founder and CEO of Caledio AG is excited about the new partnership and believes that together the two companies will be able to "build a reliable and secure cloud storage by integrating millions of devices around the world." LaCie believes the collaboration will allow the company to transform into a comprehensive digital storage provider. Philippe Spruch, LaCie's CEO, is looking forward to providing customers with new storage methods.

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Adobe eBook protected content coming to Stanza

02/11, 6:35pm

Stanza adds Adobe content

Lexcycle has announced an agreement with Adobe that will add protected-content eBook support to its Stanza app for the iPhone. The agreement expands Stanza support into a large variety of commercially published eBooks from major publishers. As part of the the partnership, Stanza will be compatible with PDF and EPUB rendering technologies from Adobe along with the eBook content protection technology.

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