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Amazon Gets Into the Textbook Rental Business -- Finally

It's a painful and pricey college tradition: Buying expensive new textbooks at the beginning of the term, only to turn around and sell them at cheap at semester's end. But Amazon.com hopes to change all that with its move into the textbook rental business.

9 Great American Companies That Will Never Recover

Sometimes, companies that were once leaders fall hopelessly behind. They may struggle on for years, but their chances to engineer turnarounds have passed. 24/7 Wall St. has found nine of these companies -- names you know well, but that will never be great again.

Is Amazon About to Repeat Netflix's Big Blunder?

Amazon.com may be gearing up to start charging for the unlimited video streaming service it now includes free with Amazon Prime. Sound familiar? Of course it does -- just rewind a few months to a summer that Netflix would certainly prefer to forget.

Study Finds Tablet, E-Book Ownership Soared

Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift over the holidays, so much so that the number of people who own them nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study finds. A report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project set to be released Monday found that 29 percent of Americans owned at least one tablet or e-reader as of the beginning of this month. That's up from 18 percent who said the same in December.

Savings Experiment: How to Pick a Tablet

Not since The Ten Commandments have tablets been in such demand. While the iPad launched the market, it's not the only option out there. Read on to find out what your options are when tablet-shopping, and how best to compare the various models.

Do We Still Need Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores?

The death of bookstore chain Borders begs the question: Is there still a place in the Internet-dominated market for brick-and-mortar booksellers and the value they add? Independent bookstores thinks so, and the numbers in the American Booksellers Association, believe it or not, are growing.

B&N Buyout Bid Is a Bet Against Amazon, Apple

Liberty Media, the conglomerate controlled by John Malone, made a $1 billion bid Thursday to buy Barnes & Noble. The bricks-and-mortar bookstore business is declining everywhere, so for Malone's gamble is to pay off, the Nook will have to gain some ground against Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle.

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?

Six Free Games for Kindle

Download these six free games for Kindle through Amazon without paying a penny. It's unclear how long these free Kindle games will be around. I'm...

Free Kindle Book: Life From Scratch

Download this free Kindle Book Life From Scratch, by Melissa Ford. The book is ranked No. 1 in the free and paid Kindle bookstore. The Kindle edition...

Why Amazon Is a Stock for Investors With Patience

The online retail giant functions like two stocks: One is speculative and volatile, with unusually high valuations -- and high demands for returns. The other is for long-term investors, who get rewarded for buying and holding with capital gains and consistent growth.

Borders Delays Payments to Gain Time

Borders says it will postpone January payments to many vendors to conserve cash, though the move may do no more than delay a prepackaged bankruptcy or breakup of the company.

12 Things That Will Cost Less in 2011

We've become used to the inexorable progress of prices, until we've come to expect that the price of things will only go one way -- up. So why should...

Free Kindle Books on Amazon

Get free Kindle books on Amazon's site for the top 100 paid and free Kindle books. Note, stick to the right column only if you want freebies. The...

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.

E-Readers Make Great Gifts -- but Which One?

In these precious few holiday shopping days left, e-readers make for an easy gift for wide range of family and friends. So, DailyFinance has assembled a guide to the major e-readers and what each one is best suited for as well as what issues you should consider before buying.

Oprah to Name Her Next Book Club Pick on Monday

Oprah is on a farewell tour of sorts, what with The Oprah Winfrey Show ending its 25 year run in 2011. But those who were saddened by the thought that Jonathan Franzen's No. 1 bestseller Freedom would be her final pick for her wildly popular Book Club can breathe easier: You get at least one more.

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.

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?

Three Companies That Are . . . Cutting Prices

Amazon, Volkswagen and a group of Florida real estate companies are drastically dropping the prices of some of their key products. In the video above, Douglas McIntyre reveals which products are getting the biggest price cuts. Could these cuts be a sign that deflation is at work? McIntyre does not believe that is the case.

Borders' New 'Low Price Promise' Fades in the Fine Print

Borders, the nation's second-largest bookstore chain, has struggled for years due to competition from both fellow bricks-and-mortar outlets and online booksellers. It's latest move to combat that is an offer to match the competition's prices -- but the program's limits doom it failure.