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Amazon Under Fire For Selling Sex Tourism Book

August 3, 2012
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Amazon came under fire from Love146 , a group that campaigns against child trafficking and exploitation, for selling what appeared to be a self-published e-book encouraging pedophilia overseas, "Age of Consent: A Sex Tourists Guide!" by Peter F. Friedmann. Though the book has now been removed, questions remain about Amazon's lack of monitoring of content published on its e-book platform. The description of "Age of Consent" stated that "In some countries it is even illegal to have sex outside of marriage, with severe consequences if you are caught doing so! On the flipside,...

 

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BISG Study: E-Book Consumers Diversifying Their Format Preferences; Kindle Fire overtakes iPad among ebook consumers
August 2, 2012 From Publishing Business Today
E-book consumers are becoming more diverse in their format preferences, says the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s closely-watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading report. The third installment in Volume Three of this Bowker-powered study shows that the percentage of e-book consumers who exclusively or mostly purchase book content in e-book format has decreased from nearly 70 percent in August 2011 to 60 percent in May 2012. Over the same period, the percentage of survey respondents who have no preference for either e-book or print formats, or who buy some genres in e-book format and others in print, rose from 25 percent to 34 percent.

The study also tracks changes in device ownership, showing that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has overtaken Apple's iPad among e-book consumers for the first time. Ownership of the Kindle Fire has grown from seven percent of respondents in December 2011 to 20 percent just six months later. Apple's iPad has remained static at 17 percent over the same time period.

 

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