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Oceanofpdf piracy website returns

23 August 2018

US-hosted ebook piracy website Oceanofpdf, which was recently shut down, has returned under a .net domain, reports the Bookseller. The Bookseller reported on 22 August that the website was offering...

Oceanofpdf piracy website taken down

7 August 2018

US-hosted ebook piracy website Oceanofpdf, which was giving away ebooks for free, has been shut down, reports the Bookseller. The site, which was active for seven months, had offered thousands...

India reduces GST on ebooks

1 August 2018

In India, the GST Council has announced that GST on ebooks will be reduced from 18% to 5%, but the lack of clarity has left publishers ‘perplexed’, reports the Hindu. The...

PLR to extend to ebooks and audio in UK

8 June 2018

In the UK, Public Lending Rights (PLR) will be extended to include ebooks and audiobooks borrowed from libraries, reports the Bookseller. Effective from 1 July, the change means authors will...

‘Netflix for books’ launches in Australia

21 May 2018

A new ebook and audiobook membership service has launched in Australia, after launching in the UK last November. Using a membership-based model, Bookchoice allows users to download up to eight...

International library news

4 December 2015

PRH consolidates library ebook terms Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that all ebooks sold to libraries in the US and Canada from 2016 will be supplied under the Random...

UK survey finds cheap ebooks boosts overall reading

21 October 2014

A UK survey conducted by market research company Mintel has found that one in four (26%) ebook buyers are reading more because ebooks are cheaper than paperbacks. Among younger ebook readers (aged...

Canadian ebook sales plateau

23 September 2014

In Canada, digital publisher BookNet has ‘paused’ its consumer survey on ereading because of a plateau in ebook sales, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘The numbers we’re hearing for ebook unit sales is...

International library news 

11 June 2014

Connecticut State Library to create state-wide ebook collection In the US, legislators in the state of Connecticut have passed a bill for the Connecticut State Library’s board of trustees to...