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E-book sales top paperbacks for first time

The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all over formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week. Get the full story »

Amazon offers cheaper Kindle — with ads

A commuter reads a Kindle while riding the subway in Cambridge, Mass. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Amazon announced its new “Kindle with Special Offers“ on Monday which will sell for $114, which is $25 less than its ad-free counterpart, Amazon’s $139 Kindle Wi-Fi. The Kindle 3G is available for $189. It will begin shipping May 3.

The Kindle’s “special offers” and ads will appear on the e-reader’s screensaver and at the bottom of its home screen. Amazon plans to mix together advertisements from launch sponsors including Buick, Olay and Visa with daily-deal style discount coupons. Get the full story »

Kindle surge makes it Amazon’s best-seller Inc.  said its third-generation Kindle is the best-selling product in its history, taking the title from the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” though the online retail giant didn’t disclose the number of units sold.

The company said that on its peak day, Nov. 29, also known as Cyber Monday, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items, up 44 percent from its peak day a year earlier, when customers ordered more than 9.5 million items. Get the full story »

Pedophilia guide sold by Amazon causes outrage Inc. is selling a self-published guide that offers advice to pedophiles and that has generated outrage on the Internet and boycott threats.

The availability of “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” calls into question whether Amazon has procedures — or even an obligation — to vet books before they are sold in its online stores. Amazon did not respond to multiple e-mail and phone messages. Get the full story »

Gold shoots to all-time high

Gold surged to a new record peak on Tuesday as several reports heightened prospects that central banks would stimulate the economy with new liquidity, driving the euro to a fresh five-month high against the dollar and triggering a series of automatic buy orders.

Inquiry opened on e-book pricing

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating deals struck by Inc. and Apple Inc. to offer low prices on electronic books, saying the agreements may block rivals from providing attractive pricing.

Earlier this year, Amazon and Apple worked out a “most favored nations” deal with major publishers, ensuring rival booksellers would not be able to work out an even lower price, Blumenthal said. Get the full story »

Sony slashes e-reader prices to keep up with Kindle

Sony  has cut the prices on its electronic-book readers in an effort to keep up with stiff competition from  and Barnes & Noble, which both recently slashed prices on their own e-readers.

Borders launches online e-book store

Borders Group Inc. has launched its e-bookstore as it tries to catch up to competitors who have a head-start in a small but growing market that’s seen as the future of the book industry.

The company said Wednesday its goal with the new store and e-reader is to take 17 percent of the electronic book market by next July. Amazon has the Kindle e-reader and Barnes & Noble Inc. has the Nook, and all the players are cutting prices to woo buyers.

Amazon downgraded with crowded e-book market

Despite its early lead in the fast-growing e-book market, Inc. (AMZN) faces growing competition from tech giants Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple Inc. (AAPL), according to one analyst.

Marianne Wolk of Susquehanna downgraded Amazon to a neutral rating on Monday. In a note to clients, the analyst cited “intensifying competition” in the e-book market, which is creating more uncertainty around the company’s Kindle business. Get the full story »