Judge Cote Orders Mediation in Latest eBook Antitrust Lawsuit

14135683605_a5650500d5_b[1]The antitrust lawsuits brought by 3 ebook retailers took an unexpected turn on Thursday when Judge Denise Cote ordered the 3 plaintiffs to enter into mediation with the Price Fix 6 to settle claims that Apple and 5 US publishers had conspired in 2010 to raise and fix ebook prices.

According to PW: Continue reading

Leaked Photos Show 5.5″ Screen from the iPhone 6, iWatch Still Nowhere to be Found

640_e0be72816f542de1ea8d2e63d851b45eNew photos showed up in Taiwan late Friday night which appear to show the screen panel and other parts for the larger iPhone 6 model.

Apple Daily hasn’t revealed where they got the photos, but they say that we’re looking at components for what they say is going to be called the iPhone 6L, Apple’s soon to be flagship phablet. Continue reading

Review: Acer Iconia A1-830 is a Disappointing iPad Mini Clone

acerICONIAa1-830[1]Acer might not be the biggest tablet maker but they are a well known name with an established reputation for quality.

Alas, sometimes Acer’s generally adequate tablets miss the mark.

The Iconia A1-830 is a mid-grade 8″ tablet which launched in April 2014. I didn’t get a chance to review it until July and August, and now that I’ve spent some time with it I am glad that I didn’t buy it myself. This is a rather disappointing tablet that actually made the cheaper Hisense Sero 8 look good. Continue reading

NeoLibrary Will Offer an Online Library Service for eBook Enthusiasts

A new service is in the works which aims to provide an online personal libraries for ebook fans.

NeoLibrary promises to offer ebook readers the management options which Dropbox and other online storage services lack.  The service is currently in a limited beta, and according to the landing page NeoLibrary enables users to upload, categorize, tag,  note, and search through their personal library. Continue reading

Updated: Amazon Responds to Criticism from German Authors

moretoys2[1]In response to yesterday’s open letter from German authors, Amazon reiterated today that it is fighting with German publishers over the terms and conditions of its ebook contracts.

I do not yet have an English language statement from Amazon, but from what Buch Report is reporting Amazon’s response is largely the same as the statement it released in relation to the antitrust complaint which was filed in June. Continue reading

B&N Builds Buzz for New Galaxy Tab Nook with Promo Video

Galaxy-Tab-4-NOOK_25[1]It looks like Barnes & Noble is taking a leaf from Amazon’s playbook.

Early this morning the retailer sent out an email to their customers, but rather than pitch ebook deals the email touts a new promo video for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. B&N is widely expected to launch the new tablet next Wednesday, and for once they decided to start promoting the new hardware before it officially launches. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 15 August 2014

The reading list is short this morning. Be sure to click the first link.

  • Availability (Lefsetz Letter)
  • Before You Make a Fixed-Layout Ebook: Five Things to Watch Out For (DBW)
  • Orwell estate hits back at Amazon’s corporate ‘doublespeak’ (theguardian.com)
  • Racist content forces Thought Catalog to put barriers between contributors and Twitter (Nieman Journalism Lab)
  • What Does It Mean to Protect Authors’ Interests? [Smart Set] (Jane Friedman)
  • What features do the e-Ink Kindles still need? (TeleRead)