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EU Piracy Report

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:40:42 GMT

---Quote--- For other industries, where sales were not found to have been displaced or were positively affected by piracy, consumer satisfaction with pricing was greatest. “For books, music and games, prices are at a level broadly corresponding to the willingness to pay of illegal downloaders and streamers. This suggests that a decrease in the price level would not change piracy rates for books, music and games but that prices can have an effect on displacement rates for films and TV-series,” the study concludes. So, it appears that products that are priced fairly do not suffer significant displacement from piracy. Those that are priced too high, on the other hand, can expect to lose some sales. ---End Quote--- https://torrentfreak.com/eu-piracy-report-suppression-raises-questions-transparency-170922/



Amazon Releases New Fire HD 10 (2017) Tablet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:20:00 GMT

*Introducing the All-New Amazon Fire HD 10: 1080p Full HD Display, Faster Performance, Longer Battery Life, and Alexa Hands-Free—now only $149.99 (http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2301534)* *$149.99* -- *Fire HD 10 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J6RPGKG/)* (7th Gen) --> will be released 11 Oct 2017 ---Quote--- Featuring a brilliant 10.1” 1080p Full HD display with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, and 32GB of internal storage with support for up to 256GB more via microSD—the all-new Fire HD 10 is designed from the ground up for entertainment Now 30% faster with 2x the RAM and an ultra-fast quad-core processor, plus up to 10 hours of battery life so you can enjoy all your favorite movies, TV shows, books, games, songs, and more Introducing Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet—simply ask Alexa to play or pause a video, set a timer, play a song, dim the lights, open your calendar, or show your smart home security camera—using just your voice ---End Quote--- ---Quote--- SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 19, 2017-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the all-new Fire HD 10, the next-generation of Amazon’s largest tablet, now with a brilliant 10.1” widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over 2 million pixels. The new Fire HD 10 is 30% faster with 2x the RAM and an ultra-fast quad-core processor, plus 32GB internal storage and up to 10 hours of battery life—now only $149.99. Fire HD 10 also introduces Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet—just ask Alexa to play or pause a video, find music, dim the lights, set a timer, show your calendar, and more, simply by using your voice. The all-new Fire HD 10 is available for pre-order starting today. ---End Quote---



Google adds local library ebook listings to search results

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:35:22 GMT

*Google adds local library ebook listings to search results (https://teleread.org/2017/09/18/google-adds-local-library-ebook-listings-to-search-results/)* Pretty cool :thumbsup: ---Quote--- The Verge reports that Google has added local library ebook listings (https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/18/16330324/google-ebooks-search-available-local-library) to its standard search interface when searching on books. ---End Quote--- ---Quote--- When I click the link, it takes me to the book’s page on my local library’s Overdrive subdomain, with the option to borrow (or place a hold if all the library’s copies are already checked out). ---End Quote---



Amazon going after KDP manipulators

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:25:27 GMT

Didn't see this posted and thought it might be of interest to some here... *Amazon Alleges Violations by KDP Authors, Publishers* (https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/74721-amazon-alleges-violations-by-kdp-authors-publishers.html) ---Quote--- Citing violations of Kindle Direct Publishing terms and conditions, Amazon has filed arbitration complaints against five individuals who it says offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading platform for financial gain. Amazon is demanding a combination of injunctive relief, account termination and in some cases, triple damages. KDP is Amazon’s self-publishing platform and violations of KDP terms are governed by private arbitration. Therefore, Amazon's complaints have been submitted to the American Arbitration Association for a decision. Amazon alleges that five people used a number of prohibited strategies to manipulate customers reviews and worked to inflate sales and royalties. Amazon essentially charges that a handful of individuals worked to create fake reviews for their books and others' in addition to attempts to manipulate Amazon systems that count book sales and the royalties paid to authors via its subscription reading service. ---End Quote---