e-book sales down, while paperback and hardback sales rise

e-book sales down, while paperback and hardback sales rise

This isn’t good news for the iBookStore (or any seller of digital books): sales of consumer e-books plunged 18.7% in the U.S. and 17% in the U.K. in 2016 over the first nine months of 2016, according to the Publishers Association — as noted by CNN. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children's books surged 16%.

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Good news for Apple's iBookstore: ebook market expected to double by 2020

Good news for Apple's iBookstore: ebook market expected to double by 2020

Here's some good news for Apple's iBookstore: the ebook market will more than double by 2020, according to Strategy Analytics. Increasing e-reading device penetration, more readily available content, new business models, and adoption in China will see the market's revenue top $16 billion in the next eight years, the research group adds.

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Tim Cook to visit Beijing later this month

Tim Cook to visit Beijing later this month

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, reports Reuters. He plans to meet senior government and Communist Party leaders - including officials in charge of propaganda, the article adds, quoting an unnamed source “who declined to be named as the plan is not public yet.”

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Federal court upholds $450 million settlement against Apple in ebook case

Federal court upholds $450 million settlement against Apple in ebook case

A federal appeals court has upheld Apple’s $450 million settlement of claims that it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices, reports Reuters. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected a challenge by an e-books purchaser to the fairness, reasonableness and adequacy of the settlement, which won approval from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in November 2014.

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Apple granted patent for generic media covers

Apple granted patent for generic media covers

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,135,725) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "generic media covers." It involves those, well, generic items you see on Apple's online stores, such as iTunes and iBookstore, for digital media items that publishers have submitted without a personalized cover.

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