e-books

Halloween Deals: Booritos and Beyond

If getting free candy just for dressing up isn't a good enough deal for you, here are a few other Halloween deals that may strike your fancy.

Is Amazon Kicking Off Another E-Reader Price War?

Amazon.com kicked off an e-reader price war last summer, and another may be in store. The company announced Monday that it would cut its price on a new Kindle that will display ads. Will readers accept advertising in their e-books to get the deal? And will Amazon's competitors follow its lead?

Push Pop Press: Apple Alums Launch Digital Book Maker

Expect lots of hand gestures, pinching, and other actions now familiar to users of Apple's iOS devices when Push Pop Press -- founded by former Apple designer Mike Matas -- launches its new digital book company.

How One Writer Is Riding the E-Book Revolution

A novelist realizes that a book she wrote 20 years ago -- now out of print -- can be revived today as an e-book. Here's the story of how she took that old print volume and turned it into an e-book, complete with new title, new cover -- and new royalties!

Borders: Getting Closer to the Bookseller's Final Chapter

The country's second-largest book retailer had been counting on a Christmas miracle to rescue it from deep financial doldrums. But the holiday season played Scrooge instead. Now, confronting a liquidity shortfall, a bankruptcy seems more likely than ever.

How E-Books Are Changing the Economics of Writing

As electronic media accounts for a larger and larger portion of the book business, consumers are benefiting from lower prices for books, and manufacturers are enjoying massive sales. But how is the e-book revolution affecting authors? It's opening new opportunities -- but no guarantees.

Barnes & Noble's Earnings Rise, but Profits Fall

It has been a tumultuous year for Barnes & Noble, the country's largest bookseller, and its quarterly earnings report reflects that. Total sales for the quarter were $1.9 billion, a bit less of a gain than analysts had predicted, while earnings were a net loss of $12.6 million, also worse than expected.

Amazon's Holiday Gift to E-Shoppers

Just ahead of holiday shopping season, Amazon has added a smart new gift-giving option. Whereas before, customers could give Kindle e-readers as gifts, now actual e-books can be added to holiday shopping lists and gifted to others, whether they have a Kindle or not.

Books-A-Million Earnings Drop in Third Quarter

The bookseller had a "disappointing" quarter with comparable store sales down nearly 6%, but a deal with competitor Barnes & Noble to sell the Nook e-reader could help end the year on a more positive note.

Is Apple Using Gift Cards to Prop Up a Sagging iBookstore?

Sales of e-books on Apple's iBookstore have made "barely a blip" in the digital book market. Will its new iBooks gift cards help to change this -- or will customers continue to use apps to allow them to read Amazon and Barnes & Noble e-books on their Apple devices?

James Bond E-Books: Bypassing Print

Instead of licensing the digital rights to Penguin, Ian Fleming's literary estate is making the e-book editions available directly itself. Getting the most out of the Bond brand is the estate's rationale for keeping the e-books in-house.

Digital Reading Finds a New Home at Walmart

Will there be e-reader price wars at Walmart just in time for the holidays? The retail giant has announced it is adding the Nook and Kobo electronic readers to its designated e-reader section. The stores already carry the iPad and Sony's various Editions.

How a New SEC Rule Could Help Ron Burkle Gain Control of B&N

Barnes & Noble successfully defended itself in a proxy fight with billionaire Ron Burkle, who wants to gain control over the troubled bookseller. But Burkle hasn't given up, and a new SEC "shareholder access" rule could help in his quest.

Is Borders' Sale of Its Corporate HQ a Death Knell?

Surely, the sale of Borders' Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters for almost $18.4 million adds to the persistent rumors of the company's imminent demise. But the truth is more complicated and has more to do with real estate than books.

Borders Will Pop Up Temporary Shops for the Holidays

Borders, the nation's second-largest book retailer, is trying a new tactic to gain a much-needed sales boost heading into the end of year shopping season: It's opening 25 "pop-up" shops meant to last only for the holidays, the company announced Tuesday.

Will Amazon Start Charging to 'Look Inside' Books?

One of the key innovations Amazon implemented on its way to becoming the nation's largest online book retailer was to allow its customers to preview snippets of books. Now, a new patent granted to the online giant suggests they may want to start charging customers for the privilege.

Barnes & Noble Stock Gets Downgraded as Proxy Battle Looms

With less than two weeks to go in the bitter proxy contest between Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio and billionaire Ron Burkle, one key analyst has changed his outlook on the company's stock for the worse and a leading proxy advisory firm has sided with the Riggio camp.

Sony Reader Redesign: Smaller, Lighter, but Not Cheaper

Sony unveiled a refreshed lineup of its e-book Readers on Wednesday that features a lighter and smaller model, and adds touchscreen displays to all three models. But while Sony's new designs take a page or two from the competition, its heftier price tags don't.