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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.

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.

Barnes & Noble Shareholders Rubber-Stamp Poison Pill

Back in September, billionaire Ron Burkle lost his proxy war with Barnes & Noble's board, failing to kill the poison pill that kept him from upping his stake in the company. That made Wednesday's shareholders meeting all but a formality. But what's next for the nation's largest bookseller?

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?

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.

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.

Yes, Tablet Users Really Are Reading More

Publishers talk about the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle and other tablet devices as their salvation. Now, new consumer research suggests that view may be grounded in reality: Tablet users are reading more -- and are reconciled to paying.

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.

More Bad News for Borders With 2Q Earnings

For the quarter ending July 31, overall sales dropped 11.5% from a year ago to $526 million, continuing a downward spiral that's seen revenues over this time decline year-on-year from $945 million in 2007 to $749 million in 2008 to $617 million in 2009.

Borders Drops e-Reader Prices, Gets Bears

Faced with tumbling book sales, Border's, the country's 2nd largest bookstore chain, will begin selling stuffed animal kits from Build-A-Bear Workshop in its stores. It also plans to cut prices of its e-reading devices.

Ron Burkle, Barnes & Noble Hit a Snag

Barnes & Noble and its second-largest shareholder, billionaire Ron Burkle, appears to be over. The two camps have reached a settlement that would give Burkle three board seats in exchange for dropping his lawsuit against the bookseller.

Amazon, Apple Targeted in E-Book Antitrust Probe

E-readers like the Kindle and Nook may be on a rapid descent toward rock-bottom prices, but what about the prices of e-books? According to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, they are too high, too uniform, and look too much like a violation of antitrust practices.

Amazon's New Kindles Sell Out in Five Days

If you're were thinking of ordering one of Amazon's brand-new Kindle e-readers, get in line. Just five days after announcing the new Kindle 3G Kindle WiFi models, both devices are sold out, and anyone who pre-orders now won't get one until Sept. 4, a week after the original ship date.

Amazon's $189 Kindle Sells Out

Amazon dropped the price of its basic Kindle e-reader last month -- and sales quickly reached what CEO Jeff Bezos calls a "tipping point." But the lack of inventory could hurt as Amazon fights to build market share.

Amazon Doesn't Care About Wall Street's Concerns

Investors hammered Amazon over it's underwhelming second-quarter results. That's no biggie for the online retailer, though. When it comes to e-books, despite rising competition, Amazon remains top dog, and it looks very likely to stay that way.

Sharp to Sell Its Own E-Reader

Sharp is stepping into the e-book market, gearing up to offer e-reader devices and enhancing its XMDF technology platform to allow audio and video to also be seen on the devices, the electronics giant announced Tuesday.