Over the weekend, the Kindle, Nook and Google Books apps got crippled. Thanks, Steve.
"The fact is," Steve Jobs famously told the New York Times in 2008, trying to convince them that Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle was a nonstarter, "that people don't read books anymore."
What Jobs really meant, we discover three years later, is that people don't get to read books on his iPads or iPhones unless they buy them from his MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 27, 2011 7:20 AM ET
It's not an iPad, or even a Nook Color. But that's the whole point of Barnes & Noble's newest e-reader: it's not supposed to be.
FORTUNE -- Just six months after launching its well-received Android-based Nook Color tablet, Barnes and Noble (BKS) unveiled a major hardware update to the original e-ink-based Nook e-reader that cuts down on bulk, weight, and physical buttons.
Here's the important thing to note right off the bat MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 15, 2011 10:31 AM ET
Jeff Bezos's strategy of giving customers the best e-reader and e-bookstore possible is paying off for Amazon -- not that it's saying by how much.
FORTUNE -- Sales of the Kindle and of e-books are so good, and growing so fast, that they are now becoming a driver of Amazon's overall growth, says Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney.
We can't know for sure how many Kindles Amazon (AMZN) is selling, because the company MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 8, 2011 11:49 AM ET
At the annual BookExpo America this week, booksellers voiced mixed feelings about the news that Amazon's Kindle book sales have surpassed print, and some said they simply don't believe it at all.
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
FORTUNE -- New York's Javits Center was a crowded, noisy hothouse of handshaking and book signing this week at BookExpo America. Every publisher and imprint was there with marketing reps, editors, and authors on hand. The MOREMay 27, 2011 11:32 AM ET
Barnes & Noble's update to the original Nook e-reader marries touchscreen features with the latest e-ink technology.
FORTUNE -- Just seven months after it announced its Android-based Nook Color tablet, Barnes and Noble (BKS) unveiled a major hardware update to the original e-ink-based Nook e-reader that cuts down on bulk, weight, and physical buttons.
Available for pre-order immediately and shipping on or around June 10 for $139, the new WiFi-only Nook measures MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 24, 2011 2:18 PM ET
Also with friends (10%), while waiting (9%), in meetings/class (5%) or in the bathroom (4%)
A report issued Thursday by Nielsen compares usage patterns of nearly 12,000 U.S. owners of tablets, eReaders or smartphones.
The key findings, as Nielson sees it:
70% of tablet owners and 68% of smartphone owners said they use their devices while watching television, compared with 35% of eReader owners.
61% percent of eReader owners use their device in bed, MORE
The book industry thinks its digital transformation is happening even faster than it did with music and movies.
At the GigaOm Big Data conference in New York City this week, Barnes & Noble (BKS) executive Marc Parrish took the stage to discuss rapid changes in the book publishing industry.
"The book business is changing more radically now, and quicker, than movies or music or newspapers have, because we're doing it in a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 25, 2011 1:31 PM ET
That, says a team of Merrill Lynch analysts, is the hit it would take in Kindle book sales
The button circled at right on Amazon's (AMZN) popular Kindle app for the iPhone will have to be removed if the company wants to continue doing business in Apple's (AAPL) App Store. That's because it takes customers out of the store to Amazon's website, where readers have been buying books for nearly two MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 23, 2011 10:54 AM ET
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"I don't think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship. Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM." -- Verizon CTO Tony Melone (Business Insider and CNET)
Facebook revealed that a dozen or so smartphones with heavy Facebook integration MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 16, 2011 7:54 AM ET
Apple's rejection of a Sony Reader app has analysts leaping to conclusions about Amazon
[Apple has clarified, sort of. See below.]
Here we go again.
A New York Times story Tuesday quoting a frustrated Sony (SNE) executive has triggered a flurry of similar-sounding headlines:Electric Pig: Apple bans Sony ebooks in iTunes app store: is Kindle next? The Next Web: Apple is tightening App Store policies. Is the Kindle app in danger? SlashGear: Apple blocks Sony MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 1, 2011 12:35 PM ET
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