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2009-04-28 13:24:13

Amazon, the maker of the Kindle e-book reader, is reaffirming its presence in the electronic book market with the purchase of Lexcycle, a year-old company that makes the iPhone e-book application Stanza, The Associated Press reported. The Stanza software uses the "epub" format "” an open standard supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum that many publishers use to create e-book files. But while Amazon.com's Kindle does not support the format, Sony's competing Reader...

2009-04-06 10:11:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's proposed settlement with authors and publishers raises antitrust concerns, Consumer Watchdog said today and the nonpartisan, nonprofit group called on the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice officials Consumer Watchdog asked the department to seek a delay of the settlement until a "most favored nation" clause favoring Google is removed and the deal's "orphan...

2009-04-04 12:50:00

U.S. Internet search engine giant Google should not be allowed nearly exclusive rights to out-of-print books for its online publishing venture, critics say. Academics and public interest groups alike are threatening to file legal briefs to block a lawsuit settlement that may give Google the rights to millions of out-of-print texts whose publishing rights are owned by unknown or missing sources, The New York Times reported Saturday. Harvard University Library head Robert Darnton said if the...

2009-03-25 09:18:00

Largest Author Focused Online Directory Provides Innovative Marketing Platform for All Authors NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- FiledBy, Inc. today announced the Beta launch of filedbyauthor at http://www.filedby.com. The site is the first large-scale author-centric promotional platform to provide every author that has been published in the U.S. or Canada a free, hosted, ecommerce enabled web page ready to be claimed and enhanced. With more than 1.8 million pre-assembled author...

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2009-01-06 12:31:43

Scholars and others with specialized interests have been turning to Google for information ever since the company began scanning printed books four years ago. Every month users view at least 10 pages of more than half of the one million out-of-copyright books that Google has scanned into its servers, according to Dan Clancy, the engineering director for Google book search. "Google's book search allows you to look for things that would be very difficult to search for otherwise," said Ben...

2008-10-30 06:00:25

Google has settled several copyright suits with the publishing consortium Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild, clearing the way for the company to provide online access to copyrighted books. Under terms of the settlement, which is subject to approval by the US District Court of New York, the company has agreed to pay $125m that will be used to set up a book registry to resolve existing claims by authors and publishers, and cover legal fees. It said the deal will...

2008-10-28 09:00:16

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Google today announced a groundbreaking settlement agreement on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide that would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search. The agreement, reached after two years of negotiations,...

2008-09-24 15:00:25

Technology vendors and industry commentators have been appending the '2.0' suffix to all manner of enterprise products and domains over the last year or so in an attempt to signify something new, innovative and user-focused. Web 2.0 is a shift in the way the internet is used. It involves a more open approach to the internet, and user-generated content in particular, such as blogs, podcasts, social media and special-interest review sites. However, the ideas, concepts, tools, and technologies...

2008-08-28 06:00:36

Online bookseller Amazon.com has acquired Shelfari, an online site combining books and social networking owned by Seattle start-up Tastemakers. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Shelfari, in which Amazon invested $1m in when it was founded in October 2006, allows users to create virtual bookshelves of favorite titles and share them with friends. It also allows readers to post reviews and ratings of books. Josh Hug, co-founder of Shelfari, said: "We look forward to...

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2008-08-27 12:00:00

Amazon.com wants to add some social media savvy to the growing e-book business that's helping justify its lofty share price. On Aug. 26, online bookseller Amazon (AMZN) said it bought Web site Shelfari, owned by Seattle startup Tastemakers, for an undisclosed sum. Shelfari, which Amazon had already funded, lets users organize online book groups and create "virtual shelves" of titles to share recommendations with fellow readers, who post profiles of themselves and tout their literary tastes....


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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