Amazon Opens First Pop-Up Store in China

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALittle has been written since Amazon first started deploying pop-up stores in the US last October, but now it appears that they’re not just being used in this market.

Mike Cane has discovered that Amazon is also using pop-up stores in China. The Chinese blog EvoLife broke the news earlier today, reporting that Amazon is installing temporary buildings in cities in China. Continue reading

Hands-On Video: Pocketbook 650 Ultra

620_pocketbook-ultra[1] The Pocketbook 650 Ultra is one of the more anticipated ereaders to launch this year, but it is still hard to come by.

I myself an still working to get my hands on one of these camera-equipped ebook readers, and until I do I will have to be content with hands on videos like the following. A Russian blog by the name of MegaObzor bought a Pocketbook 650 and posted a video earlier this week (found via AlleseBook.de). Continue reading

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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited, Will Take it International in September

Not one to close the barn door after the horse has left, Amazon has sent out a press release this morning announcing the launch of Kindle Unlimited.

With Kindle Unlimited, readers can read as much as they want (but can only have 10 titles at a time) on their Kindle or Kindle app, all for a low price of $10 a month (with a 30 day free trial). I have reports that the service is currently limited to only US customers, but I also have a report which says that will change later this year. Continue reading

Conan Doyle Estate Asks Supreme Court to Remove Sherlock Holmes from Public Domain

Memoirs_of_Sherlock_Holmes_1894_Burt_-_Illustration_2-206x300[1]In what could be the preface for the key copyright ruling of 2015, lawyers for the estate of the long deceased Arthur Conan Doyle filed an appeal before the US Supreme Court this week.

Lawyers for the Conan Doyle estate are asking the USSC to a temporary stay of the June 2014 ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals while the lawyers file a formal appeal. The request comes after the 7th Circuit refused to stay its decision on 9 July.

Update: The request for the temporary stay has already been rejected. Continue reading

Oyster, Scribd Comment on Kindle Unlimited

kindle unlimitedIt’s been just over a day since I broke the news that Amazon had a Netflix style ebook service in the works. We still haven’t gotten a comment from Amazon, but both of Amazon’s smaller competitors have commented on Kindle Unlimited.

The comments are pro forma, but they still say more than the loud silence coming out of Seattle. Continue reading

Tolino eBook Alliance Expands Internationally

Tolino-Shine-300x199[1]When the Tolino consortium was announced in March 2013 it was framed as a German response to Amazon and the Kindle, as 5 retailers and tech companies pooled their resources and put their support behind a single platform.

Today Tolino took on an international flavor. The Belgian retailer Standaard Boekhandel is joining the Tolino consortium, and it just launched a new ebookstore on its website. Continue reading