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Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada, new Sony reader for sale, author Kevin Trudeau sentenced for fraud, and the genius of goggly eye books

Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada,...

The Future of Reader Store in the US & Canada – Just a reminder that for US and Canadian customers, the Sony Reader Store closes permanently today, March 20, at 6 pm EST. If you have a Reader Store account, it will automatically transferred to Kobo, unless you choose to opt out, which you are supposed to be able to do from your existing Sony account. Read the blog post in its entirety for more details, and pertinent links.

Customers don’t have to do anything right now, and will be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, we will send an email to registered customers with a link that will allow customers to transfer existing libraries to Kobo. Whether new to Kobo or with an existing account an account, customers will be able to transfer your Reader Store eBooks to your Kobo account so you’ll continue to have access to them in the future. Plus, any existing Reader Store credits in accounts will transfer to a Kobo account to use at the Kobo Store. And of course, customers can continue to use their Sony Reader to read eBooks from Kobo. –Sony Reader Store Blog

Sony Reader PRS-T3 Arrives in the US Days Before Sony Shuts Down the Reader Store – Speaking of Sony, the PRT-T3, Sony’s new e-reading device, has finally become available in the US market (although not sold directly by Sony), just as the Reader Store closes its figurative doors. Should you invest in this new device? A commenter makes an interesting point regarding Sony’s strong compatibility with Calibre, but Nate Hoffelder does not recommend it:

While the PRS-T3 will continue to function after Sony turns off their ebook store, there is little to recommend this device over other models on the market. It’s rather expensive when compared to its competition (Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Aura), and aside from some software features there is little to recommend it.

In fact, I can offer at least one point against. The PRS-T3 is using a Pearl E-ink screen, and it has a touchscreen but no frontlight. That makes it a rare beast among ebook readers, and while I don’t care to use a frontlight I would want one just in case. –The Digital Reader

U.S. TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison – This is a somewhat odd story, but its also a compelling example of why the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention to books. Kevin Trudeau had settled with the FTC back in 2004, based on accusations that he was “misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.” Trudeau, who was quite famous for his infomercials (he wrote a moderately famous book on so-called “natural cures,” as well). I don’t know if all of his books were self-published, but some certainly were. A jury convicted Trudeau of fraud in November, stemming from an alleged violation of his settlement via the infomercials for his book on weight loss, and this week he was sentenced to ten years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Trudeau told viewers in the infomercials that the “cure” to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories.

Prosecutors, who said Trudeau’s actions resulted in over $37 million in losses to consumers, had sought at least a 10-year sentence, saying in court papers he was motivated by simple greed and had bilked consumers and defied court orders. –Reuters

Googly Eye Books – All I can say is that if all books were sold with goggly eyes, I’d probably be willing to purchase virtually any title. Sheer genius. –Googly Eye Books Tumblr

Friday News: Scribd’s most downloaded books, Amazon Prime’s price increase, what sexual assault victims were wearing, and Microsoft and Nook renegotiate

Friday News: Scribd’s most downloaded books, Amazon Prime’s price increase, what...

The Most Popular Book in Each of the 50 States – So the first caveat here is the results are limited to Scribd downloads, which makes the results both narrower and more interesting. Alabama, for example, was Lisa Kleypas’s Midnight Angel, Missouri, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Tennessee, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max, and in Texas, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.  –Parade

Amazon raises price of Prime membership to $99 – For anyone who joins Prime after March 20th or renews an exiting Prime membership after April 17th, the cost will now be $99, instead of $79. Since Amazon originally floated the possibility of a $40 increase, this almost seems like a bargain, and since Prime members spend more money at Amazon (well, duh), it’s definitely a long-term win (again) for Amazon. Not to mention all of us Prime Members who will likely buy even more stuff to justify that extra $20 (suckers that we are). Seriously, though, Amazon Prime has to be one of the best advertising strategies of all time.

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same. If you consider things like inflation and fuel costs, a Prime membership valued at $79 in 2005 would be worth more than $100 today,” she said. –USA Today

Sexual Assault Survivors Answer The Question “What Were You Wearing When You Were Assaulted?” – MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING! I’m not even going to quote any of this piece, it’s so heartbreaking and infuriating. Still, it’s always important (albeit sadly necessary), to battle the bullshit ‘women are asking for it’ insinuations. –Buzzfeed

Microsoft and Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works – So apparently it’s official now, and the expected Microsoft digital reading device is now dust in the wind. Or, more properly, merely an ereading app. I admit to being kind of excited by the idea of an Office Reader App, which apparently is in development, but it appears that Nook is the real winner in this deal, at least in terms of the way it will continue to deliver digital content via Nook ereaders and Windows Phones.

Here’s exactly what the 8-K says:

“Pursuant to the Amendment, NOOK Media LLC (“NOOK Media”) and Microsoft agreed to co-branding within the Microsoft Consumer Reader for reading content delivered by NOOK Media. The Amendment also provided that subject to certain conditions NOOK Media would be permitted to discontinue distributing the NOOK Windows app and will cooperate in good faith with Microsoft to transition users to the Microsoft Consumer Reader. Microsoft and NOOK Media also agreed to updated revenue sharing to address this possibility. The Amendment also permits NOOK Media to cease efforts with respect to a Windows phone app.” –ZDNet