Harper Lee is giving readers a present for her 88th birthday – To Kill a Mockingbird as an e-book. Lee made an announcement through her publisher HarperCollins on Monday, the Associated Press reported: “I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This […]

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E-book subscription service Scribd is looking to take on Amazon from within. The company launched a new app for the Kindle Fire on Wednesday that will provide an alternative to Amazon's e-book market.

Scribd was originally started as a document sharing service but added a book subscription service in October, which featured an agreement with publisher HarperCollins.

The company has positioned itself alongside other digital subscription offerings like Netflix and Spotify, and is competing directly with another book subscription startup, Oyster.

It’s reported that J Sainsbury, the British supermarket chain, has bought a stake in the ebook seller Anobii, expects to own 64% of the site, and is preparing to “take on Amazon”.Quote: “Sainsbury said it will work with the publishers HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House Group.” Let’s stop right there. Sainsbury makes a great deal of money from [...]

Major book publishers should abandon the use of technology that limits how their copyrighted digital material is used by readers after sale, according to Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of London-based social e-retailer Anobii. In a speech at the Digital Book World Conference in New York, Berlucchi argued that digital rights management technology, or DRM as it is known, prevents more readers from buying e-books and may actually encourage piracy of copyrighted material.

The 2008 Publishing Business Conference & Expo—held March 10-12 in New York City— was the setting for a meeting of many of publishing’s top minds. With more than 1,000 book and magazine publishing industry executives in attendance, the Publishing Business Conference & Expo featured two-and-a-half days of intensive conference sessions addressing the biggest issues facing publishers today. Held concurrently, the expo hosted more than 100 exhibitors showcasing publishing technologies and services. The show, which this year featured its new Publishing Business brand, is produced by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines and follows in the footsteps of the BookTech Conference & Expo. “The evolution

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