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How and where to get cheap textbooks online

With a little bit of extra effort and careful shopping, you can save yourself a bundle on textbooks this semester, and to help you do that, we've put together this quick reference guide on how and where to get cheap textbooks online.

Barnes & Noble nears the end of an era: International Nook Store closes in August

After closing its Luxembourg office and buying out Microsoft's investment in Nook Media, Barnes & Noble is taking the next step in shutting down its ebook operations. The international Nook store will close on August 7, 2015.

Look out, Audible! Scribd adds unlimited audiobooks to its app

Scribd will now offer unlimited audiobook listening to its users along with unlimited ebook downloads for the same $9 a month price. The app is now in direct competition with Kindle Unlimited and Audible.

Want to read ebooks in the shower? Try the Kobo Aura H2O ereader

Ideal for anyone that spends lots of time relaxing by the pool, the Kobo Aura H2O is a new ereader that will be perfectly fine submerged within a bit more than three feet of water for about half an hour.

E-book pricing spat: Hachette CEO calls on Amazon to end ‘punitive actions’

Hachette boss Michael Pietsch has put his side of the argument in the US publishing giant's ongoing spat with Amazon over e-book pricing, and calls on the e-commerce company to end "punitive actions" against its authors.

E-book pricing: Amazon urges readers to help solve ongoing dispute with Hachette

As Amazon's dispute with US publishing giant Hachette over e-book pricing continues to rumble on, the Web company is now urging readers to contact the company's CEO directly to ask for lower prices.

Apple snaps up BookLamp to boost its ebook offerings

Is Apple about to revamp its ebook service? The company has confirmed its purchased a small startup called BookLamp, which deals in analyzing the DNA of ebooks and reading recommendations.

Brick-and-mortar book stores tell Amazon, ‘We don’t need your stinkin’ Kindles’

This week Amazon announced a program that will allow indie bookstores to sell Kindles and get a cut of ebook profits. Indie booksellers took one look, laughed, and rode away with their collective middle finger in the air.

Why you should try out Oyster Books, the Netflix for novels

Oyster Books wants to be the Netflix of books. It'll have a better chance as it grows but for the time being it's one of the best ways to read on iOS devices, especially if you don't want to pay to expand your book collection.

Read next month’s new books today with Amazon’s Kindle First program

If you can't wait to read new eBooks, the Amazon's new Kindle First program has been designed especially for you. It allows subscribers to buy an eBook a month before its official release date, so you can get started early.

Is there any reason to own paper books beside showing off? Not really

Ebooks are clearly superior to paper books. So why do we still want to have physical libraries that take up space, are a pain to move, and have only a fraction of the features that tablets and other ebook readers have?

Kindle MatchBook alternatives: Are there other ways to digitize your physical books?

The Kindle MatchBook program will give you free or cheap e-book versions of physical books bought through Amazon. But what about all those other books you have taking up space? There are options, but few of them are strictly legal...