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Friday, August 12, 2011

Wonder if they saw that coming?

Apple and 5 of the Big 6 publishers are being sued for illegal price fixing via the agency model.


You can read all about it here... an Apple Insider article

Or, at the other end of the spectrum and laid out in more crisp black and white, a Windows IT article. I rather enjoyed this article more--especially the quote from Steve Jobs "Apple CEO Steve Jobs infamously dissed ebooks two years before releasing iBooks, claiming, "The fact is that people don't read anymore. The whole conception is flawed at the top."

Heh. Although I'm sure Jobs is man enough to admit he was wrong, it is funny to see how wrong so many bigwigs were about ebooks.

Meanwhile...Both articles say ebook sales have jumped 1274% since 2008, which is a much more feasible figure than that 39% in the article I cited in Wednesday's post, about ebooks saving the publishing biz. I still have no freaking idea where that number came from.

In yet another article, this one on the site belonging to the law firm representing the plaintiffs,
we discover that anyone who has purchased an ebook by one of the big 6, since the agency model was adopted (basically since iPad released). The site even has a link to register as potential plaintiff. Which makes it very easy and also makes me wonder if this isn't The Case this firm is hoping for to make their name. And yet... I really don't think it's okay for those big publishers to have told Amazon what price they could sell their books for--and if Amazon didn't comply, they pulled the books. Hello? Amazon is largely responsible for making ebooks what they are now. Go anyplace and listen to somebody mention ebook readers--somebody will invariably say, "You mean a Kindle?" On our flights last month, when the attendants asked everyone to power off electronic devices, they'd say, "This includes Kindle book readers." Kindle is the Kleenex (Band-Aid) of ereaders. For those publishers to waltz in and take advantage of Amazon's much-earned success in ebooks by saying, "Whoa. Now this is the new craze. We're going to make more money on it, and you're going to charge that money for us"... is not okay. Do filmmakers get to tell theaters how much they'll charge per ticket for people to see their movies? Digitally downloaded songs and CDs are usually cheaper than buying the actual CD, and we don't see music artists bitching that they are losing money. In fact, the music business has realized their products move like hotcakes now--with different types of distribution costs, and yet, artists and producers are still making money, and consumers are still consuming.

Piper Denna
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