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eTextbook Rentals

Why Can’t eBooks Be Rented Like Textbooks and Movies?

Why is it that ebooks get treated differently than other forms of digital media? You can rent things like movies and e-textbooks online, and there are even services that offer audiobook rentals, so why isn’t there any option to rent ebooks instead of buying them? For ebooks that only cost a few bucks, renting doesn’t […]

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eBook Sales Figures

International Report of eBook Sales Reveals Surprising Numbers

The Author Earnings website recently posted a breakdown of total ebook sales by country for the top 5 English-language markets. That includes the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Unsurprisingly Amazon dominates most ebook markets. Overall Amazon accounts for over 80% of English-language ebook purchases. Apple ranks second with 10%, and Nook accounts for […]

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Kobo Plus

Kobo Launches Kobo Plus eBook Subscription Service

Yesterday Kobo announced the launch of a new ebook subscription service called Kobo Plus. Currently it’s only available in The Netherlands and Belgium, so it’s no competition for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, but it could be the start of something bigger. Kobo Plus is a collaborative service between Kobo, Dutch publishers, and online retailer Here’s […]

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Kindle Matchbook

Does Anyone Ever Use Kindle Matchbook?

Back in 2013 Amazon introduced Kindle Matchbook, a promotional deal where you can get discounted Kindle ebooks when purchasing certain printed books. Sometimes the Kindle edition is even free when purchasing the paper book version, but qualifying titles are usually priced at $2.99 or less. Kindle Matchbook rarely gets mentioned to the point that it’s […]

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Microsoft eBook Store

Microsoft Launching New eBook Store and Edge Gets ePub Support

Microsoft is getting back into the ebook market once again. They were once known for their LIT ebook format some years ago, and then they invested in Barnes and Noble’s Nook Media business in 2012 and lost a boatload of money. Now Microsoft is opening their very own ebook store for PC and Mobile on […]

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Removing DRM from Kindle eBooks in Jeopardy Moving Forward?

In February Amazon is expected to release an update for their Kindle for PC program that could make removing DRM from Kindle ebooks problematic. When Amazon came out with their new enhanced typesetting engine in 2015, they started to change the Kindle ebook format from AZW to KFX to accommodate the added features. Since then […]

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Free 3-Month Subscription to Scribd for eBooks and Audiobooks

There’s a deal over at Groupon right now where you can get a 3-month subscription to Scribd completely free of charge. Scribd is an ebook subscription service similar to Kindle Unlimited, except they offer a selection of titles from big publishers, and they have different types of content like sheet music available. Scribd also offers […]

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Kindle Unlimited Launches in Australia and New Zealand

Amazon has added some more places to their list of countries that can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited on the Amazon Australia website ( Customers that live in Australia, New Zealand, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue and Norfolk Island can now subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited […]

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