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Internet copyright law – update on class action law suit against Google Books

Google Books is fighting back in the internet copyright law battle. Latest on the class action law suit against Google Books filed by authors who claim Google Books is not ‘fair use’. Whatever your sector, the outcome will have big implications…

30/07/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon buys UK book e-tailer

Amazon has bought The Book Depository, a UK-based online book seller, for an undisclosed sum. On its website, the company sought to reassure its customers that its service and range would improve after the acquisition by Amazon.


05/07/2011  |  Full story...

Welcome to 'Blogwarts': Harry Potter lives on with new JK Rowling site

J.K. Rowling is launching Pottermore, a new website that will include new material and illustrations from the Harry Potter franchise. The website will contain 18,000 words of footnotes to her Harry Potter books. Pottermore, which will open to the public in October, will allow fans to read in-depth biographies of characters and other background material that the author was unable to squeeze into the original seven volumes.


24/06/2011  |  Full story...

Steve Jobs to debut ‘tell all’ biography next year

Steve Jobs’s first authorised biography will be published in 2012, promising to be a ‘tell all’ account of the Apple co-founder’s rise to success. The book, called “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” will be based on interviews that author Walter Isaacson has held with Jobs and his family over three years. The book will be published by CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster early next year. When it hits e-book shelves, it is guaranteed to be a best seller, as Jobs is known as one of the most secretive CEOs in Silicon Valley.


12/04/2011  |  Full story...

France fines Google $14,300 a day for book copyright breach

The French government is fining Google the equivalent of $14,300 until it stops displaying excerpts from copyrighted literary works on its Google books service.

A Paris court also ordered the search giant to pay $430,000 in damages and interest to French publisher La Martiniere, which brought the case on behalf of a group of French publishers. Google attorney Alexandra Neri said the company would appeal.


22/12/2009  |  Full story...

Kindle helps Amazon profit beat expectations

Amazon has reported profits that have outstripped analysyst forecasts, as the online retailer has seen strong demand for its new e-book reader Kindle. Third-quarter net income increased 69% to $199 million from a year earlier, the company said today in a statement. Sales rose 28% to $5.45 billion. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has attracted customers by expanding overseas, offering shipping promotions and introducing new versions of the Kindle electronic reader.


26/10/2009  |  Full story...

Google takes on Amazon with e-books store

Google is launching a new online service for booksellers next year which will allow readers to buy books in electronic format, to read on phones, PCs and e-book devices. The new Google Editions service will put it in competition with Amazon’s Kindle reader. Tom Turvey, head of Google Book Search's publisher partnership program, said the price per book would be set by their publishers and would start with between 400,000 to 600,000 books in the first half of 2010.


16/10/2009  |  Full story...

Amazon’s Kindle goes international

Amazon plans to start selling its Kindle reader in over 100 countries and territories on October 19, and the company has already started booking pre-orders for the device on its site. Amazon is selling the Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless to customers in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and South America, for $279 for a reader with a 6-inch display and the ability to wirelessly download books and other content globally, the company said.


09/10/2009  |  Full story...

Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo oppose Google book search

Microsoft, and Yahoo plan to join a consortium to fight a proposed settlement Google has made with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. In May this year, Google said it planned "to build and support a digital book ecosystem to allow our partner publishers to make their books available for purchase from any Web-enabled device." The platform would give Google the rights to commercialise digital copies of millions of books for Google book sales. The new service would provide a major rival to current market leader Amazon, while critics have argued the move would limit competition in the digital book space.

25/08/2009  |  Full story...

Emma Barnes, Snowbooks CEO

Smart digital marketing by reaching customers online

October 2007

Over the last few weeks we’ve been preparing a new edition of the Digital Viral Marketing Academy; one focussed on the entertainment sector and in particular the challenges facing book publishers. Along the way I’ve learned heaps about how Harry Potter fans used their own magic on the web, how political diarists levered their influence and how unknown authors have shot to stardom. The folks at have begun exploring Hollywood-style approach to selling movies, authors are now buying into creating their own sites, and Penguin Classics have created the cutest RSS buttons imaginable.

While ambling between the sites of the big sisters of publishing, I was lucky enough to stumble into the home of tiny Snowbooks, and find a small publisher that’s pulled off some big web coups. | Snowblog | on YouTube | | Training in viral marketing | Tips in viral marketing | Web 2.0 training and strategies

17/10/2007  |  Full story...

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