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Here is the latest coverage of all things ebooks - ebooks, ebook readers and more - from Writers Write:

  • New York Times Dumps Comics and Mass Market Paperback Bestseller Lists (2017-01-31): Publishers and authors were shocked to learn that the New York Times is dropping a number of its bestseller lists, including comics and mass market paperbacks.

  • Amazon Opens Real Bricks-and-Mortar Bookstore in Seattle (2015-11-03): Amazon has opened its first real physical bookstore in Seattle. It is located in Seattle's University Village.

  • Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Case, Must Pay $450 Million to Consumers (2015-07-06): Apple just lost its appeal in the ebook price fixing case. It will pay $450 million to consumers unless it decides to appeal to the Supreme Court.

  • Court Appointed Monitor Complains About Apple in Latest Report (2015-04-17): Court appointed monitor Michael Bromwich is butting heads with Apple again. In his new report he says no one will talk to him since January.

  • Amazon and HarperCollins Come to Terms, Sign New Deal (2015-04-14): Amazon and HarperCollins have settled their differences and inked a new deal for ebook pricing.

  • Macmillan Reaches Ebook Deal With Amazon (2014-12-23): Macmillan CEO John Sargent announced a new, multiyear deal for print and ebooks with Amazon.com. He wrote to authors explaining how the ebook lawsuit settlement will affect pricing

  • 1,100 German Authors Take Aim at Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com (2014-08-18): 1,100 German authors have penned an open letter to Jeff Bezos taking him to task over his negotiations with Bonnier Group over ebook pricing.

  • Judge Cote Gives Preliminary Approval to Apple Ebook Settlement (2014-08-02): Despite her reservations about some of the terms of the deal, federal judge Denise Cote has given preliminary approval to the Apple ebook settlement.

  • Federal Judge May Not Approve Apple's Ebook Settlement (2014-07-25): Federal Judge Denise Cote is not happy with the terms of the settlement between Apple and the Department of Justice.

  • Apple Settles Ebook Price Fixing Suit With Department of Justice (2014-06-17): In a surprise move, Apple has reversed course and is settling the ebook price fixing case with the U.S. DOJ. The settlement is secret and subject to court approval.

  • Judge Denise Cote Allows Australian Ebook Retailer to Sue Apple, Book Publishers (2014-06-10): Judge Denise Cote has ruled that Australian ebook retailer DNAML may sue Apple and the book publishers in the never-ending ebook price fixing case.

  • Harper Lee Agrees to Ebook Version of To Kill a Mockingbird (2014-04-28): Harper Lee turns 88 today and has has agreed to allow the ebook and digital audio versions of To Kill a Mockingbird to be published by HarperCollins.

  • Authors Guild Attorney Testifies on Capitol Hill About Creating New National Digital Library (2014-04-03): Jan Constantine, the general counsel of the Authors Guild, testifies before Congress about authors' copyrights and the Google digitization project.

  • Waterstone's Founder Says Ebook Revolution is Over (2014-04-02): Waterstone's founder declares that the ebook revolution is over and that print books will prevail.

  • Judge Denise Cote Certifies Class Action Against Apple (2014-03-29): Judge Denise Cote certifies a class action case against Apple in the book price fixing case, knocks out Apple's expert witnesses for damages trial.

  • OverDrive Dumps WMA, Announces all Audiobooks Sold to Libraries Will be in MP3 Format (2014-01-26): OverDrive announced that in response to consumer preferences, audiobooks will be sold to libraries in DRM-free MP3 format only. OverDrive is dumping Microsoft's WMA format.

  • Simon and Schuster Expands Ebook Presence in U.S. Libraries With Full Catalog (2014-01-19): Simon and Schuster took the plunge and is putting its entire catalog of ebooks available for libraries who are signed up with the OverDrive service.

  • Apple Asks for External Monitor to be Fired Over Exorbitant Fees, Personal Bias (2014-01-08): Apple has asked that the court fire the monitor it imposed on the tech giant in the antitrust suit. Apple says his fees are ridiculous and he is intrusive and biased.

  • Apple Objects to Mega Bill Submitted by Court Ordered Antitrust Monitor (2013-11-29): Apple has objected to the massive invoice submitted by the court ordered monitor in the antitrust case. The invoice is for nearly $140k for two weeks' work.

  • Bloomsbury Launching YA Digital Imprint Called Bloomsbury Spark (2013-10-05): Bloomsbury is actively seeking new authors for its new digital imprint called Bloomsbury Spark. Categories include sf, dystopian, romance, mystery and thrillers.