Week In Review: Kindle Lending; Record eBook Sales; Nook Fail

The year is coming to an end and it has certainly been an exciting one for eBooks. Publishers battled with Amazon over eBook prices; retailers battled with each other over the costs and features of eReader devices; and Apple brought on a whole tablet revolution.

While it may be a quiet week in publishing offices, this past week has been an important week for eBook sales, as people unwrapped eReaders under the tree and began downloading their first eBooks. As you head off to enjoy this long holiday weekend, here is a roundup of this week’s eBook news.

Amazon introduced a lending feature for Kindle books.

Random House’s eBooks sales were up 300% this Christmas.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook servers failed on Christmas, but they still managed to sell a million eBooks.

The Kindle Store broke records on Christmas.

Kobo had record sales this holiday season.

Apple has high hopes for iPad production and reportedly ordered a lot of screens.

The iPad 2 is rumored to include a camera.

Hackers figured out a way to read Kindle books on NookColor.

We created a Best iPad Case list.

Borders is running a sale and offering $5 eBooks through January 2nd.