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Sony Abandons E-Readers

Category: E-Readers
Posted: August 5, 2014 01:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sony has revealed that it does not currently have any plans to develop a successor Reader model, effectively ending its efforts to successfully grab and maintain a portion of the e-reader market. The announcement comes a few months after the company made its last batch of Reader devices, the PRS-T3, outside of Japan. As such, the PRS-T3 will continue to exist as long as supplies remain within Europe. Sony Reader owners within North America can continue using Kobo for book purchases, while owners located in Japan can continue to make use of the Sony Reader Store.

Source: BBC News



First Generation Kindle Paperwhite Receives Goodreads

Category: E-Readers
Posted: March 11, 2014 08:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although current generation Kindle Paperwhite users have had access to Goodreads, which is an online outlet for book readers, owners of the first generation eBook reading device have been left out. That has all changed today, as Goodreads has announced that first generation Kindle Paperwhite devices are officially supported due to popular customer demand. Owners of both models of Kindle Paperwhite, who live in the United States, Canada, and Australia, are able to use Goodreads on Kindle. A free over-the-air update that is set to roll out to Kindle Paperwhite devices will be available in the coming weeks. Users can ensure that they have Goodreads on Kindle by looking for a lowercase "g" in the right portion of the navigation bar.

Source: Goodreads Blog



Apple Facing Five-Year Anti-Competitive Ban and Other Penalties for eBook Price Fixing

Category: E-Readers
Posted: August 3, 2013 11:39AM
Author: bp9801

Last month the US Department of Justice found Apple guilty of price fixing eBooks, with Apple being the ring leader of the conspiracy. District Judge Denise Cote made the initial ruling, but Apple's punishment was to be determined at a later trial. We're still waiting on that to begin on August 9, however it seems like the Justice Department is making it known what exactly it wishes Apple to be hit with. The Justice Department and 33 US states and territories have proposed a five-year ban preventing Apple from entering into any anti-competitive deals, as well as terminate all business ties with the five publishers it conspired with.

Officials also want Apple to allow Amazon and Barnes & Noble to insert links to their own respective eBookstores so consumers can better compare prices. An outside monitor would also be used to make sure Apple's internal antitrust compliance policies are up to snuff and strong enough to prevent any possible illegal practices. Apple would also be prevented from retaliating against any eBook publisher not willing to bend to its terms.

Apple is holding sway that it did no wrong and is still looking to appeal Judge Cote's ruling last month, and is unhappy with the government's proposed penalty. It won't be long before we hear exactly how everything goes down, so be sure to keep it tuned for any updates.

Source: New York Times and NBC News



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