*+-The Smashwords self-publishing platform has published a quarter of million books containing 8.5 billion words in six years in business.
*+-Amazon is merely predicting that 10,000 books will be available through its Kindle MatchBook program by the time it launches in October. Will they get there?
*+-With the simple concept of alerting readers to a curated list of discounted ebooks, Bookbub has attracted nearly 1.5 million users in just a year.
*+-Apple has been found guilty of colluding to raise ebook prices. Financial ramifications aside, has the judgement damaged publishing’s reputation with consumers?
*+-Last week two of China’s leading ebookstores Dangdang.com began offering nearly all of their ebooks for free, a move criticized by authors and publishers alike.
*+-Fixed book price laws are commonplace across Western Europe and parts of Asia and the Americas, but many oppose them. Where do you stand?
*+-Humble Bundle is offering a pay-what-you-will, DRM-free bundle of 13 e-books from top SF authors have sold close to $1m of bundles to 68,000 customers.
*+-A settlement with three of the five publishers accused by the Department of Justice of price fixing e-books has been approved, opening the door for discounting.
*+-The coming decision from the Department of Justice could mean cheaper e-books for consumers in the USA, which is likely a problem for Barnes & Noble.
*+-As part of austerity measures VAT on e-books has been raised to 21% in Spain, a move that is likely to slow growth in the nascent segment.