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Mobile

Tablets are killing ebook readers – but nobody cares, right?

In November 2007, Amazon launched the Kindle. The first of its kind electronic book reader that was supposed to be the death of printed books. That never quite happened. What has happened though, after four consecutive years of phenomenal growth, sales of ebook readers have finally begun to slump, down 36% in 2012. Tablets, the ebook reader's younger and full-featured sibling, are to blame.
The Pottermore Shop
Technology

Is Pottermore a game-changer?

Pottermore, an "online reading experience built around the world of Harry Potter", launched in beta yesterday after some delays. As well as becoming a destination where fans of the book series can interact with the brand, Pottermore also includes a digital book store where all seven Harry Potter novels are sold exclusively in digital form - crucially bypassing traditional publisher and online retailers alike.
Such a deal may be restricted to older works
Web

Amazon to launch subscription-based book service?

Amazon is reportedly in talks with publishers to launch a subscription-based book service, similar to video-streaming service Netflix in the Americas, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon would offer nearly unlimited access to its digital library of books for a fixed monthly fee - an offer that would surely delight most bookworms.
Amazon packaging
Web

Amazon’s redesign is all about tablet-friendly shopping

Amazon has confirmed that it is in the process of testing a "major" redesign of its website, the first such design change since September 2007. From a screenshot that we've seen, it looks like the site version will be cleaner and contain less navigational elements like category hover states, making it more accessible to tablet devices.
J.K. Rowling's Pottermore
Business

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore brings App Store economics to ‘niche’ markets

With the launch of the Pottermore website Rowling has brought app store economics to ‘niche’, that is to say single subject, markets. This is not only a dramatic change for book publishers but will certainly change online economics for other established franchises. Film, video games, and music retailers will be paying close attention to Rowling’s Harry Potter App Store as they attempt to replicate her economic model for themselves.
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