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1. ‘Unbroken’ Stays on Top of iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. for the second week in a row.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending December 15, 2014. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is No. 3 and Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl is No. 3 this week.

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2. Apple May Have a Chance at Overturning eBook Antitrust Decision

doj304Apple went to court yesterday to appeal Judge Cote’s decision that found the tech company guilty of conspiring to fix prices for eBooks.

According to reports, Apple looked good in the courtroom. Fortune has more:

At times Judge Jacobs came close to suggesting that the government had prosecuted the wrong company. At the very least, he said, a horizontal initiative “used to break the hold of a monopolist” ought not be found to be illegal per se. He likened any collusive conduct on the publishers’ part to “mice getting together to go put a bell on the cat.”

The justices are now considering the appeal and could take up to six months to decide the outcome.

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3. Apple Returns to Court Today to Appeal eBook Decision

apple-logo-248x300Apple is heading to court today to appeal the DOJ’s 2013 decision in which the tech giant was found guilty of eBook price fixing.

Apple’s lawyers will be challenging antitrust rules “governing competition between marketing platforms—an important legal and economic issue that Judge Cote ignored,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Here is more from the publication:

On Monday Apple will ask the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to overturn an antitrust verdict. U.S. v. Apple boils down to this: Amazon possessed a 90% market share in e-book sales, and Apple developed a method of carving into it, increasing competition. Nevertheless, federal Judge Denise Cote held that Apple violated the Sherman Act.

Since the judgement, Apple has faced a trial to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay.

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4. ‘Unbroken’ Leads iBooks Bestsellers List

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending December 1, 2014. Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl and Wild by Cheryl Strayed, are occupying the second and third spots on the list this week.

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5. ‘Gone Girl’ Leads iBooks Bestsellers List

gone girlGillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending December 1, 2014. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and The Burning Room by Michael Connelly, are occupying the second and third spots on the list this week.

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6. ‘The Burning Man’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

burningThe latest installment of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, The Burning Room, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. The book came in at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending November 10, 2014. Gray Mountain by John Grisham and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn are occupying the second and third spots on the list this week.

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7. ‘Yes Please’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Yes Please JacketAmy Poehler’s new memoir, Yes Please, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending November 03, 2014. Gray Mountain by John Grisham and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn are occupying the first and third spots on the list this week.

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8. Sweet News in Diversity

Happy Halloween everyone! We’ve got something even better than treats today: great news in diversity!

Appltim cooke CEO Tim Cook recently came out in an editorial published by Bloomberg Businessweek, saying that he is “proud to be gay,” and making him the first openly gay leader of a major U.S. company. This was the first time Cook addressed his orientation publicly, saying, “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.” With more states and people accepting gay marriage and supporting LGBTQ rights, Cook’s move is inspirational and will hopefully lead to more acceptance within the workplace.

Marvel announces next phase of superhero movies

From left: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), and Chris Evans (Captain America) at a Marvel event in Hollywood

Marvel just recently announced their next phase of superhero movies and we’re excited to see that it’s going to include a Black Panther movie! The Black Panther (T’Challa) was the first black superhero in American comics. We’re also looking forward to seeing Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman! DC announced that Momoa would be playing Aquaman in the highly anticipated “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the Wonder Woman movie will premier in 2017.

Have you heard more good news in diversity? Let us know in the comments!

 

 


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9. ‘Gray Mountain’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Gray MountainJohn Grisham’s new fiction book, Gray Mountain, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 20, 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult are occupying the first and third spots on the list this week.

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10. ‘Leaving Time’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Leaving TimeJodi Picoult’s new fiction book, Leaving Time, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 20, 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks are occupying the first and third spots on the list this week.

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11. ‘Deadline’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

DeadlineJohn Sandford’s new thriller novel, Deadline, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 13, 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan are occupying the top two spots on the list this week.

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12. ‘The Best of Me’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

The Best of MeNicholas Sparks’ 2011 hit novel, The Best of Me, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 10/06/14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Fall of Giants by Ken Follett continued to hold top positions on the list this week.

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13. ‘Edge of Eternity’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Ken FollettEdge of Eternity by Ken Follett has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/22/14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Maze Runner by James Dashner also held top positions on this list this week.

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14. ‘The Fallen Angel’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

fallen207x330-84x133The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/15/14. Personal by Lee Child and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn also held top positions on this list this week.

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15. ‘Personal’ Leads iBooks Bestsellers List

personalchildPersonal by Lee Child has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/8/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Mean Streak by Sandra Brown continue to hold top positions on this list this week.

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16. Tablets and Phablets and Digital Comics

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Mobile Device Sizes Changing Rapidly

by Bruce Lidl

While the landscape for digital comics continues to develop in the post-Amazon takeover of comiXology era, the devices upon which those comics will be consumed are evolving as well. New announcements and new devices appear almost daily, with a number of eagerly-awaited devices rumored to hit in the next few weeks, most notably new, larger iPhones. Trends seem to be shifting towards ever bigger mobile phone devices, while tablets begin to cool. Taken together both indications may actually point to a brighter future for digital comics.

The iPad, of course, popularized the tablet category and has remained the segment leader since its launch in April 2010, with almost unheard of sales figures, even while maintaining relatively high price points. Competing devices have flooded the market in the iPad’s wake, but the generally cheaper Android powered devices have mostly filled market niches, while providing a large diversity in size, performance, appearance and media tie-in. Newer models with improved screens continue to appear from Amazon (Fire HDX), Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, Asus, Toshiba and many more in the $175-299 price range, while sales and refurbished older models can bring the prices of modest but name-brand Android tablets down under $100. This wave of tablets, especially those from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, have also had the effect of weakening interest in traditional black and white eReaders, a category that limps along at this point.

In a surprise to many, however, the tablet boom is beginning to slow down considerably in recent months. In Apple’s last financial releases, iPad sales numbers have declined both quarterly and in year-to-year figures. Tablet sales from other manufacturers also seem to be declining, raising the question of where tablets fit into the mobile device ecosystem and why tablet owners are not replacing them as fast as smartphones. Is it a lack of innovation in new tablets? A lack of new use-cases or new applications, that might spur sales? Are older models still capable of doing everything that users want from their tablets (primarily media consumption, web browsing and light email)?

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On the other end of the mobile device spectrum, sales continue to climb for smart phones, and will likely only jump further with the release of new iPhones, possibly as early as next week. Tellingly, the major innovation that is expected from the iPhone 6 is screen size: according to the most reliable of Apple watchers, the new phones will continue to increase screen real estate. The original iPhone had a 3.5 inch screen with a 480×320 resolution, while the latest 5S has a 4 inch 1136×640 pixel resolution. The expectations for the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches with a 1334 × 750 resolution, and an even larger iPhone 6L at 5.5 inches and 2208 × 1242, pushing the latter device firmly into the hybrid category sometimes called “phablet.” Samsung has been the leader in the bigger is better smartphone segment with it’s Android Galaxy Note devices, which have had screens as big as 5.3 inches since 2011, and the latest model, the Note 4 just announced yesterday, is 5.7 inches at 2560 x 1440 resolution. Other highly anticipated upcoming devices include rumored Motorola Nexus devices (“Shamu”) at 5.2 and possibly 5.9 inches. And just to show how expectations of smartphone size has changed, a recently announced device from Chinese manufacturer ZTE, the Nubia 5S, with a screen of 4.7 inches, 1280×720 pixels, is called the “Mini.”

Is there a link between the slowing in tablet sales and the ever increasing phone screen size phenomenon? Does owning a device like the Samsung Galaxy Note make also carrying a tablet superfluous? Could larger iPhones cannibalize iPad sales, at least of the iPad Mini (7.9 inches, 1024×768 or 2048×1536)? Evidence at this point is very sketchy, and it’s also quite possible that larger phones will just drive tablet manufacturers to increase screen size as well, and in fact there are rumors of a new, larger iPad in the works with a 12.9 inch screen. The next few months, leading into the holiday buying season will clearly indicate the direction the mobile device trends are going in, and whether or not we will have to start looking for pants with larger pockets to hold our monster sized phones.

From a digital comics perspective, the evolution of mobile screens could have a very large impact, particularly as they remain the primary consumption device for such comics. The rise of comiXology matches in many ways the growth of the iPad, and it’s not a coincidence that Amazon wanted to purchase a key digital content distributor to integrate with its hardware offerings. While a weakening tablet market may be somewhat worrisome to digital comics sellers, the explosion of interest in larger sized phones may be a far more beneficial development. Reading comics on smaller phones, even with Guided View type applications, can be very frustrating, but as those screens get bigger and better, smart phones may indeed become more suitable for comics consumption. Reading comics on a 5.7 inch Samsung Note 4 phablet is actually a pretty decent experience and not that far off of 7 inch Kindle Fire in any case. And even more so, if Apple does, indeed, embrace this size trend wholeheartedly with a 5.5 inch iPhone, a device with the prospect of true mass acceptance, the landscape of digital comics friendly devices could grow explosively in the near future.

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17. ‘Private Down Under’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Private Down Under by James Patterson & Michael White has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 4.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/1/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list, followed by Mean Streak by Sandra Brown.

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18. ‘Mean Streak’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/25/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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19. Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week.

The Washington Post has more: “The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York reversing the judge could, under the settlement, either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and had since been pushing to delay the trial.

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20. Judge Not Satisfied With Apple eBook Settlement

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is not satisfied with the settlement that requires Apple to pay $450 million to  put an end to the eBook price fixing case.

Reuters has the scoop: “…she found ‘most troubling’ a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. The company agreed to the settlement to avoid a trial after losing a number of appeals.

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21. Apple Buys Book Recommendation Startup BookLamp

Apple has reportedly purchased the book recommendation engine BookLamp, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, stating: ”Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

BookLamp.com did not confirm the acquisition, but left a thank you message for its community on the site. “As of today, though, the BookLamp.org site – which has served as a technology demo for the Book Genome Project – will no longer be available as our company evolves its mission.”

The Book Genome Project helps readers discover new books based on similar titles. If it is adopted into iBooks, the tool could help Apple’s eBook platform improve its recommendation experience.

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22. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James is leading Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/28/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman also made the list this week.

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23. ‘If I Stay’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

If I Stay by Gayle Forman leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/4/14. Zero Day by David Baldacci debuted on the list this week at No. 2.

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24. ‘Outlander’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/11/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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25. ‘Biology’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Biology by Joseph S. Levine & Kenneth R. Miller has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 6.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/18/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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