Amazon Books vs Google Books
Latest news about Amazon Books and Google Books:
27.06.17. Amazon is renaming Kindle Books to Digital Books. Amazon is changing definitions: Kindle eBook and Kindle Edition become Digital Book or eBook. Removing the word Kindle from e-books informs users that they do not need an e-reader to read e-books, but there are now many different mediums Amazon employs for people to read or have books read aloud. For example you can now have e-books read aloud to you with the Amazon Echo and Alexa.
15.11.16. Amazon Prime Reading is now available on iPhone and iPad. Amazon Prime Reading is a new program where you can read as many books as you want from a revolving pool of titles, you can think of it as a scaled down version of Kindle Unlimited. There are around 1,000 e-books and magazines on the platform and today you can now read them on the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. All of the e-books you read are totally compatible with Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads.
20.09.16. Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next. Google Books aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. The new feature called “Discover” is a new section in the Google Books application that will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as other recommendations based on what’s currently popular with the wider community. It will offer up new stories based on what you read on Google Books. However, it will also automatically suggest books that are mentioned in an article or mentioned in a video you watch, elsewhere in the app – like in the new “Weekly Highlights” section.
20.10.15. Google Books project ruled legal by U.S. appeals court. A decade-long legal battle looks to be finally coming to an end. A U.S. appeals court said that Google's book scanning project, Google Books, doesn't violate copyright law, Reuters reports. The decision comes after the Authors Guild, along with some non-guild-affiliated writers sued Google in 2005, claiming the company's project would negatively impact their revenue. The Authors Guild sued Google in 2005 claiming lost revenue, with a lower court in New York ruling in favor of Google in 2013. Google, for its part said its work would help increase author revenue by exposing potential customers to works they might not have been familiar with. The 2013 decision was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday, finding that Google's publishing of excerpts qualified as Fair Use and were in the public interest.
17.03.15. Amazon launched crowd-publishing platform Write On. Amazon has a new crowd-publishing platform called Write On, which is a direct competitor to Wattpad, the social network with self-publishing authors offering up their content for free, and working together with the community to incorporate feedback into their ongoing work. The Amazon version launched last October as an invite-only beta, but now it’s a full-fledged product available to all, and the beta label is gone. The Amazon platform allows anyone to share anything they’re working on at any stage. They can offer full works, chapters, outlines, vague character sketches or even just single snippets and poll the community for feedback. You don’t have to write to participate, either – anyone who wants only to read has plenty of content to browse and nibble on, organized by genre, and there’s a “shuffle” feature that brings you to a random work.
26.05.14. Amazon.com continues price battle against big publishers. Over the past few months, Amazon has been fighting a quiet battle with Hachette (one of the largest publishers in the world) to get more for "co-op" (that is, marketing dollars publishers spend with retailers to ensure certain in-store or, in Amazon’s case, on-website marketing).. Amazon was reportedly making it harder for readers to acquire the company’s titles. In addition to being slower to deliver Hachette products to customers, Amazon has also stopped discounting Hachette titles as much as before. Last week Amazon had removed preorder options for upcoming titles from publisher Hachette. Remind, that back in 2010, Amazon stopped selling titles of another big publisher - Macmillan. But after public protests Amazon capitulated.
2013. Google Books survives the copyright fight. The eight-year-long legal battle between Authors Guild and Google Books has finally come to the end. New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work. “Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay. Chin also rejected the theory that Google's online book database was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” The Authors Guild has now the option of appealing the ruling.
2013. Amazon offering descounted ebooks for purchased print books. Amazon announced the new program called MatchBook, giving customers incentive to buy a digital version of any physical book ever purchased on the site. If you've ever bought a print version of a book on Amazon, you can now buy the Kindle edition at a hugely discounted price — from free to $2.99. This includes books bought back in 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore. 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. The program launches in October.
2013. Overstock vs Amazon competition will reduce ebook prices. In the end of July US online retailer Overstock.com declared pricing war to Amazon, offering (for a week) 360,000 books at least 10% below Amazon's price. After that Amazon matched Overstock’s lower prices step for step. Yesterday Overstock announced that it would extend its “10% below Amazon” price promotion for all the books in its online store, so the pricing war will stretch into a second week. Of course, these are print books, but the ebook ecosystem will be also affected for sure.