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Amazon announces Kindle Matchbook, service offering cheap digital versions of purchased print books

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For readers looking to expand their digital libraries, but are wary of paying full price for titles they already own, Amazon today unveiled a solution: the Kindle Matchbook. Through the program, Amazon users can buy discounted versions of print books they had purchased new from the site.

Depending on the title, electronic copies on Kindle Matchbook will cost $2.99 or less (some are even free). The option works for all print purchases dating back to 1995–when Amazon first opened its online bookstore — and offers users the option to review their order history.

“If you logged onto your CompuServe account during the Clinton administration and bought a book like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from Amazon, Kindle Matchbook now makes it possible for that purchase–18 years later–to be added to your Kindle library at a very low cost,” Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content, said in a press release. “In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish.” READ FULL STORY

Unaired 'Borgias' series finale to be released as e-book

Showtime announced via Twitter that the recently canceled period drama The Borgias will receive a proper ending in text form with the release of The Borgia Apocalypse to major e-book retailers this week. The e-book is based on show creator Neil Jordan’s original script for the two-hour series finale.

The series, which ended this June in its third season, chronicled the insatiable appetites and devious ambitions of the Borgia family led by Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI. Fans of the departed cable series who were left wondering what happened next for Pope Alexander, lovers/siblings Lucrezia and Cesare, or assassin Micheletto need not look at another Wikipedia entry about the infamous historical dynasty for a sense of closure.

Will you pick up a copy of The Borgia Apocalpyse? Sound off in the comments below!

Interactive 'Breaking Bad' digital book out today

Hank discovered some pretty scintillating reading material in Walt’s bathroom in the last episode of Breaking Bad that aired, and now Breaking Bad wants to provide the same for you.

The show’s studio, Sony, has partnered with the producers of AMC’s beloved drug drama to create Breaking Bad: Alchemy, the official digital multi-touch companion book. The book features more than 100 pages of original content and 350-plus interactive elements, including interviews with series creator Vince Gilligan and other producers, a guide to the chemicals referenced on the series, an interactive timeline of which characters have met their demise over the last five seasons, and blueprints and 3-D models of sets. Check out a sample below:
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Sex sells: Online retailers rake in profits with dirty e-books

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Minds might be in the gutter, but the sales of dirty e-books certainly are not. Book-selling powerhouses such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble are raking in major profits from the sleazier online titles and genres that readers can absorb behind the privacy of tablet screens.

In 2012, romance and erotica topped revenue charts with $1.4 billion in sales. However, the profit tactic has left the book retailers in one of those Fifty Shades of Grey areas. Despite the revenue benefits of the taboo genre, Amazon and B&N appear to be on the fence themselves in regards to the promotion of erotic fiction. A 2010 pedophilia guide sold on Amazon finally got pulled by the online retailer after the illicit subject matter sparked controversy. But in lieu of the book’s eventual removal from the site, Amazon released a statement shortly after defending its decision to offer the item:

Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.

The economics of erotica have never been a real question: sex sells. And maybe 50 Shades of Grey is to blame—the 2011 novel featuring a naive college graduate’s relationship with a BDSM-obsessed business mogul—as it sparked a more recent wildfire-like spread of naughty fiction fascination. But the levels of provocative seem to go way beyond the bondage/dominatrix realm; Amazon keyword searches reach the furthest ends of the sexual spectrum, including pedophilia, bestiality, and incest.

Although successful sales numbers might help disputable titles avoid a ban, they do not overpower the decision-making ultimately determined by retailer representatives. Both Amazon and B&N have appeared to strip their bestseller lists of several erotica books. As an alternative, erotic novels with warranting sales can appear in the top 100 online, a B&N spokeswoman told the New York Post.

NY judge: Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

Apple Inc. broke antitrust laws and conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing “compelling evidence” from the words of the late Steve Jobs.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple knew that no publisher could risk acting alone to try to eliminate Amazon.com’s $9.99 price for the most popular e-books so it “created a mechanism and environment that enabled them to act together in a matter of weeks to eliminate all retail price competition for their e-books.”

The Manhattan jurist, who did not determine damages, added: “The evidence is overwhelming that Apple knew of the unlawful aims of the conspiracy and joined the conspiracy with the specific intent to help it succeed.”

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company planned to appeal.

“Apple did not conspire to fix e-book pricing and we will continue to fight against these false accusations,” he said. “We’ve done nothing wrong.”

Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer called the ruling “a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically.”
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Move over, Grumpy Cat! 'Pig in a Wheelchair' lands three-book deal

Turns out being grumpy isn’t the only thing that people like to see when it comes to animals. YouTube sensation Chris P. Bacon, best known as “Pig in a Wheelchair,” is a baby pig with deformed back legs who uses a custom-made wheelchair to get around. With more than 1 million views on YouTube and special appearances on the likes of the Today Show and ABC Action News, Bacon’s story will soon be coming to a shelf near you. Len Lucero, Bacon’s caretaker and designer of the wheelchair, recently signed a three-book deal with Hay House to chronicle his journey with the adorable animal.

Could Bacon be the next animal to hit the big screen?

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10 never-published Michael Crichton titles to be released as e-books

Before Michael Crichton was a best-selling author, he was a Harvard Medical School student who wrote books under pseudonyms. Now, some those novels will be available via e-book.

A Case of Need, Odds On, and ten other thrillers will be available for download under the pen names of John Lange, Jeffery Hudson, and Michael Douglas. Open Road Integrated Media will publish and market the books, the company announced Thursday.
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Alexandria, Va. tops Amazon's list of well-read cities

The most well-read cities in the country may surprise you.

According to the third-annual survey conducted by Amazon.com, the most well-read city in the country is Alexandria, Virginia. Fitting that it is name for an ancient city with the most famous library in the world, right?

Well, not exactly — it isn’t the classics that are boosting Alexandria’s readership. According to Amazon, ranking is based on sales of books, magazines, and newspapers — in print and for Kindle. The top selling book was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Romance novels like E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey contributed greatly to sales in two-time list-topper Alexandria, and this year’s number two city, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Knoxville made a jump from the number 12 spot to number two this year, in large part due to sales of Fifty Shades of Grey. Vancouver, Washington, Dayton, Ohio, Clearwater, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida are on the list for the first time this year.

See the top 20 here.

Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan chat about 'The Bane Chronicles' -- EXCLUSIVE COVER

Longtime fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series are certainly familiar with the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. And now, Clare is giving readers the opportunity to learn even more about the immortal warlock with The Bane Chronicles, a special short-story e-serialization. Clare partnered with friends and fellow authors Maureen Johnson (The Madness Underneath) and Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken) to write 10 installments about Magnus. Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover for the first installment, What Really Happened in Peru, due April 16. Take a look after the jump, and then read on for a Q&A with all three authors.  READ FULL STORY

Stephen King argues for gun control in strongly worded new Kindle essay

Stephen King has released a new Kindle single titled Guns, in which the horror author — who says he owns three handguns himself — passionately advocates for additional firearm regulation. “In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, gun advocates have to ask themselves if their zeal to protect even the outer limits of gun ownership have anything to do with preserving the Second Amendment as a whole, or if it’s just a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage,” King writes. “If that’s the case, let suggest that f— you, Jack, I’m okay is not a tenable position, morally speaking.”

In the essay, which is available on Amazon for 99 cents, King writes about the first novel he ever wrote, which he penned in high school and was later published as Rage under his Richard Bachman pseudonym. The book is about a kid who shows up at school with a gun, kills a teacher, and takes his class hostage, and after it was published, Rage apparently helped inspire several real-life school shooters. READ FULL STORY

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