E-book

  • Could Oyster be the Netflix for books?

    The Peter Thiel-backed startup, launching today, offers unlimited reads for $9.95 a month.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- Could Oyster be the Netflix for books? It's the question many industry-watchers have been asking since last October, when the New York City-based startup received $3 million in funding led by Founders Fund.

    Today's launch of Oyster in Apple's (AAPL) App Store gets us closer to an answer. With Oyster, subscribers get unlimited digital MORE

    Sep 5, 2013 10:57 AM ET
  • Apple e-book judge: 'I don't need to go into that further'

    Judge Cote makes short work of Apple's list of nine evidentiary "errors."

    FORTUNE -- This may be too deep in the weeds for anyone who hasn't been following the Apple (AAPL) e-book antitrust case as closely as I have.

    But I was curious how Judge Denise Cote would deal with nine evidentiary issues Apple says it will raise in its appeal of her ruling last month (pdf here) that the company was MORE

    - Aug 15, 2013 8:46 AM ET
  • Has the U.S. govt. confused Apple with AU Optronics?

    Meet the only other convicted price-fixer assigned a court-ordered compliance monitor.

    FORTUNE -- Once a month starting in 2001, according to the DOJ's complaint, senior sales executives at AU Optronics (ADR) met secretly with their competitors in a Taipei hotel room to set prices for the thin-film transistor LCD screens used in computers and TVs -- a blatant violation of Section 1 of the Sherman antitrust act.

    The conspirators called these monthly MORE

    - Aug 3, 2013 3:16 PM ET
  • Will the e-book judge give DOJ the Apple remedies it asked for?

    Judging from Judge Cote's past performance, the odds are in Amazon's favor.

    FORTUNE -- In another context -- or another courthouse -- the remedies the Justice Department and 33 states proposed Friday to address what they call Apple's (AAPL) "illegal conduct" in the e-book market might seem like an unreasonable intrusion by a government agency into a private company's business practices.

    Among other things, the DOJ is demanding that Apple let Amazon MORE

    - Aug 2, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Inkling picks up powerful publishing partners

    More firepower in the startup's bid to transform interactive books.

    FORTUNE -- Just five months after digital book publisher Inkling launched Habitat, a set of cloud-based tools that let users create interactive books, the startup has picked up two powerful new partners. Publishing giants Pearson and Elsevier have announced multi-million dollar deals to use Inkling to build digital versions of the textbooks, scientific and technical journals they publish. The news comes MORE

    - Jul 17, 2013 12:20 PM ET
  • This is iTunes Radio

    Catching up to the demo BTIG's Rich Greenfield posted earlier this week on YouTube.

    FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) senior VP Eddy Cue showed up late to the e-book antitrust trial last month because he was busy nailing down the final iTunes Radio contracts in advance of the June 10 WWDC keynote.

    And I was so busy Wednesday trying to wrap my head around Judge Denise Cote's decision in that case -- in which MORE

    - Jul 13, 2013 6:22 PM ET
  • The Apple e-book trial: The view from the hard benches

    I thought the judge was coming around to Apple's point of view. I was wrong.

    FORTUNE -- The benches were hard. The courtroom was over-cooled. The reporting challenges were daunting (no Wi-Fi, no cellphones, no laptops). But the drama that unfolded over three weeks of testimony was compelling, and I was happy to be one of a handful of reporters who sat through the whole thing.

    I thought I had a good handle MORE

    - Jul 11, 2013 8:28 AM ET
  • The Apple e-book case is headed for the 2nd Circuit

    Apple's appeal of the trial judge's verdict will hinge on the last 38 pages of her decision.

    FORTUNE -- The first 122 pages of the 160-page ruling against Apple (AAPL) that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote handed down on Wednesday could have been written before the trial began.

    In fact, most of them probably were.

    Judge Cote was familiar with the case from having supervised the proceedings by which the five so-called Publisher MORE

    - Jul 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET
  • Apple found guilty of colluding to raise e-book prices

    Judge: "Apple seized the moment and brilliantly played its hand."

    FORTUNE -- In a 160-page ruling following a three-week bench trial, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has found that Apple (AAPL) did indeed violate the Sherman antitrust act by conspiring with five publishers to raise the price of e-books.

    The key paragraph:

    "The Plaintiffs have shown that the Publisher Defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise MORE

    - Jul 10, 2013 10:06 AM ET
  • In a coda to the Apple e-book trial, Barnes & Noble drops Nook HD

    Squeezed by Amazon, the No. 2 maker of e-readers is exiting the color tablet business.

    FORTUNE -- If Apple (AAPL) manages to win U.S.A. v. Apple, the e-book antitrust suit that closed last week, it will be thanks in large part to the testimony of Theresa Horner, Barnes & Noble's (BKS) vice president of digital content.

    It was her story about what the e-book market looked like to Barnes & Noble in late 2009 MORE

    - Jun 25, 2013 12:43 PM ET
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