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U.S. ebook sales up in 2012, but rate of growth is slowing

May 16 2013: In 2012, trade book sales (i.e. non academic book sales) rose 6.9%, to $15.049 billion, and e-book sales continued to grow, although the rate of growth slowed.

After several years of triple-digit growth, e-book sales grew 43% in 2012, representing 457 million e-books...

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    U.S. paints Apple as 'ringmaster' in its lawsuit on e-book price-fixing

    May 15 2013: In their filings ahead of the June 3 trial date, the Justice Department and Apple present very different outlines of events that led to the adoption of the agency model for e-books in 2010 by five of the six major U.S. publishers (who have all already settled with the ...

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      Amazon workers in Germany strike for hourly pay of US$13.84

      May 14 2013: The German union Verdi has called a strike today at two Amazon facilities in Germany--in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld--that is expected to last from 6 a.m. until "the end of the late shift." In Leipzig, the union is calling for starting pay of 10.66 euros ($13.84) an hour, ...

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        Microsoft source says no plans to buy Nook

        May 14 2013: The Web site Insider Monkey posted a story Monday, quoting a "highly placed source inside Microsoft" saying that the company has no plans to buy Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media group. Last week, citing documents it said it had seen, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft was ...

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          Microsoft may buy Nook Media LLC

          May 09 2013: Microsoft is reportedly offering to pay $1 billion to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC, the digital book and college book joint venture with Barnes & Noble and other investors, according to internal documents Techcrunch obtained.

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            Marketplace Fairness Act passes Senate

            May 07 2013: The US Senate have passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, requiring "remote" retailers with out-of-state sales of at least $1 million to collect applicable state and local sales tax on all purchases. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it faces ...

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              David Poindexter, Founder of MacAdam/Cage, dies aged 59

              May 01 2013: Founder of MacAdam/Cage Publishing David Poindexter, 59, died April 29 of cancer, just three months after he was diagnosed. Poindexter founded the independent publishing house in 1998, publishing authors including Audrey Niffenegger, Susan Vreeland, and Ann Pearlman.

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                Hachette eBooks (inc Little Brown & Grand Central) to be available in libraries soon

                May 01 2013: Following a pilot project, Hachette has announced that it will make its full catalogue available to libraries to lend in e-book form. The program will begin next week, with titles available through vendors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. In a statement, ALA officials...

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