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Huge leak: This is our first look at the Amazon Kindle’s most radical redesign ever

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Last time Amazon tried to build something revolutionary instead of evolutionary, the device failed spectacularly. Of course, we all had a sneaking suspicion the company's Fire phone would flop long before it was ever released thanks to BGR's exclusive reporting on the device ahead of announcement. This time around, Amazon will apparently try to inject some innovation into its Kindle line of eReaders, and a huge leak may have just given us our first look at the new Kindle's radical redesign.

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Zach Epstein

April 12th

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Leak of New Amazon E-Reader Suggests It’s Flipping Cool

E-readers get a bad rap—probably because there are a lot of illiterate assholes out there who hate reading. For the rest of us totally wicked people e-readers are amazing and Amazon’s rumored announcement of a new e-reader is a cause to celebrate.

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Alex Cranz

April 11th

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If You Want To Keep Using Your Kindle, You Need To Updated It Immediately

If you own one of Amazon’s pre-2012 Kindles, listen up: there’s a critical update that you need to install if you want to keep using it, and you must do so before March 22nd.

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Andrew Liptak

March 20th

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Opinion: Why the final e-book ruling was right in theory but wrong in practice

Well, the e-book case that began in 2012 when the US government accused Apple of price-fixing finally ended yesterday  when the Supreme Court declined to hear Apple’s appeal. That left the original ruling intact, meaning that Apple is officially guilty of anti-competitive behavior and will have to fork out $450M in compensation.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the correct result was reached in law. Apple did deliberately set out to fix prices, it did strike secret deals, and it did intend to manipulate the e-book market. Emails from Steve Jobs confirmed the government’s claim that Apple struck the deals in the belief that consumers would end up paying more for e-books.

Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream ebooks market at $12.99 and $14.99. [Up from the typical $9.99 at the time.]

So far, so good. If you’d brought that evidence to me at the time Apple did the deals, I’d have agreed with the government that the company’s behavior was both illegal and morally wrong. But I’d argue that by the time the case was finally brought to court, it was already abundantly clear that it was not in the public interest to pursue it …

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Ben Lovejoy

March 8th

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You Don’t Own Your Ebooks

You don’t own your ebooks with DRM. You’re merely licensing the privilege to read them. Some readers overseas have learned this the hard way (yet again) now that Nook is going out of business in the United Kingdom. But don’t worry, they’re working to let you maybe possibly transfer all those books you bought.

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March 7th

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Apple Must Pay $450 Million for ‘Supreme Evil of Antitrust’ Ebook Scheme

This summer, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Apple violated federal antitrust law by conspiring to fix the price of ebooks. The court called Apple’s price fixing the “supreme evil of antitrust.” Today, the Supreme Court has rejected Apple’s appeal.

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Kate Knibbs

March 7th

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Save Websites On Your Kindle to Catch Up on Reading

As entertaining as the internet can be, who has time to read all of it? Even employing the services of a read-it-later app such as Instapaper or Pocket can make catching up on articles difficult. What you need is a dedicated reading device, free from social media pings, email alerts, and other distractions—and that’s where Amazon’s Kindle comes in.

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February 8th

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Authors and booksellers back Apple in ebook appeal to Supreme Court, say Amazon should be investigated instead

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While the ebook trial may seem like old news now, the case is not yet finally settled. Apple was found guilty of anticompetitive behavior in its ebooks pricing and practices back in 2013, and lost a subsequent federal court appeal – despite some judges expressing sympathy with Apple’s position.

Apple then decided to take the case to the Supreme Court, and today got the backing of both authors and distributors, reports The Bookseller.

A group of authors and booksellers have filed a motion in the US asking for the Supreme Court’s decision against Apple’s role in a 2010 conspiracy to fix the price of e-books to be overturned […]

The Authors Guild, along with Authors United, the American Booksellers Association, and Barnes & Noble filed an “amicus brief” in the US which asserts that the government’s focus on Apple’s “allegedly anti-competitive activities” was “misplaced” … 

An amicus brief is a motion filed by parties not directly involved in a case, but who wish to express a view as ‘a friend of the court.’

Apple said when it lost its federal court appeal that it still believed it had done nothing wrong and might therefore continue to fight for the “principles and values” involved. The amicus brief supports that position, saying that history proved Apple was right – and that if anyone was guilty of anti-competitive behavior, it was Amazon.

It said Apple’s entry into the market increased competition, “as demonstrated by the fall of Amazon’s market share from 90% in 2010 to around 60% two years later”. The brief went onto say the Department of Justice should instead apply anti-trust scrutiny to Amazon over its past anticompetitive behaviour in the e-book marketplace.

Publisher’s Weekly notes that the Author’s Guild argued that Apple had a positive impact on the ebook market by breaking Amazon’s near-monopoly at the time.

“With a 90% market share, nearly every customer who wanted to purchase an e-book had to do so through Amazon,” the brief states. […] “Amazon controlled what e-books were promoted on its home page, what e-books were recommended to consumers, and what books appeared at the top of a consumer’s search results when she searched for e-books on the Amazon.com website.”

The Department of Justice has not yet responded to Apple’s petition to the Supreme Court. If it intends to do so, it doesn’t have long to do it, with a deadline of January 4th, just a month from now.

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Ben Lovejoy

December 3rd

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Apple and Amazon under investigation by German antitrust body over audiobook deal

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Reuters reports that the Germany antitrust body the Federal Cartel Office has opened an investigation into the arrangement by which Apple purchases audiobooks from Amazon subsidiary Audible for sale in iTunes.

“The two companies have a strong position in the digital offering of audiobooks in Germany. Therefore, we feel compelled to examine the agreement between these two competitors in the audiobooks in more detail,” cartel office chief Andreas Mundt said in a statement.

The piece notes that Apple declined to comment, while Amazon could not be reached for comment.

Apple lost a separate U.S. case in which it was found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour in its ebook sales.  The U.S. Justice Department recently agreed that Apple had now properly addressed the issues, though this may not be the end of the battle: Apple is appealing that case to the U.S. Supreme Court. 


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November 16th

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Apple and Amazon under investigation by German antitrust body over audiobook deal

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Reuters reports that the Germany antitrust body the Federal Cartel Office has opened an investigation into the arrangement by which Apple purchases audiobooks from Amazon subsidiary Audible for sale in iTunes.

“The two companies have a strong position in the digital offering of audiobooks in Germany. Therefore, we feel compelled to examine the agreement between these two competitors in the audiobooks in more detail,” cartel office chief Andreas Mundt said in a statement.

The piece notes that Apple declined to comment, while Amazon could not be reached for comment.

Apple lost a separate U.S. case in which it was found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour in its ebook sales.  The U.S. Justice Department recently agreed that Apple had now properly addressed the issues, though this may not be the end of the battle: Apple is appealing that case to the U.S. Supreme Court. 


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November 16th

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