Posts tagged as: E-books

Chinese Search Engine Firm, Sogou, Using AI To Narrate e-Books In Authors’ Voice

Chinese search engine Sogou is creating artificial-intelligence lookalikes to read popular novels in authors’ voices. It announced “lifelike” avatars of Chinese authors Yue Guan and Bu Xin Tian Shang Diao Xian Bing – created from video recordings – at the China Online Literature+ conference. Chinese think tank iiMedia expects the market to more than double […]

Apple Now Paying Out to Readers Affected by e-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Apple is starting to pay customers who purchased e-books from the iBooks store in the past, as part of its $450 million settlement to end a lawsuit over alleged e-book price fixing. Starting from today, affected consumers will receive a store credit from the company, with the law firm Hagens Berman advising the $400 million […]

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Apple’s E-Book Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court today said it will not review an appeal made by Apple over its role in raising the price of e-books. In June, a lower court ruled Apple conspired with five book publishers to increase the cost of electronic books in violation of antitrust regulations. Amazon and others commonly sold e-books for […]

Court Says Apple Conspired to Raise E-Book Prices

A U.S. court of appeals has upheld a ruling from a lower court that found Apple guilty of conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books. Books were generally priced at $9.99 by companies such as Amazon. Following the launch of Apple’s iBook store, prices eventually rose to $12.99 and $14.99 for many […]

European Anti-Trust Agency Looking into Amazon e-book Sales

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon’s business practices around e-book distribution and sales. The Commission will in particular investigate certain clauses included in Amazon’s contracts with publishers that require publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to competitors. Allegedly, should Amazon find out about better deals […]

Appeals Court Denies Apple Request for Bromwich Replacement

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Apple a minor defeat on Thursday in its fight to both get rid of the antitrust “watchdog” a biased lower court had appointed for it, as well as overturn the earlier court ruling entirely. In a decision on the fate of Michael Bromwich, a personal friend of […]

Amazon and Hachette Strike Deal to War Over E-Book Sales

The dispute between publisher Hachette and Amazon seems to have concluded. Both companies have announced that a deal has been struck, with Hachette being able to set prices on e-books that it sells. Other specific terms of the deal have not yet been made public, and will not likely ever face public scrutiny outside the […]

Apple Settles E-Book Pricing Suit

Apple has settled a civil lawsuit over the prices it charged for e-books, according to court documents filed in New York. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the parties have agreed to the basics of the settlement. Consumers and several U.S. states were seeking as much as $840 million over allegations that […]

E-book Case Settlement Payments Roll Out to Customers

Electronic book buyers are receiving account credits from settlements reached with book publishers over electronic book price fixing. The credits apply to qualifying books purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. Amazon on Tuesday started the process of informing customers by email of credits, which […]

Judge Orders Injunction Against Apple in e-Book Case

Apple has been hit with a permanent injunction in the e-book price-fixing case pursued by the Department of Justice. As previously noted, the company will be restricted from signing agreements with five major book publishers that could artificially inflate or reduce e-book retail prices. A third party will be tasked with directly monitoring compliance for […]

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