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Apple E-Book Price-Fixing: A look back at the $9.99 boycott
August 17, 2013 | 11:22 am

e-bookReading the latest news, it seems as if the actions taken by Apple in its earlier attempts at price fixing have always been obvious. It may come as a shock to some that this has not always been the case. The events that played out at the beginning of the post-Kindle e-book era have been tumultuous at best and downright ugly at their worst.  There was a clear and concerted effort on the part of our country's largest publishers and one of its largest tech companies to underhandedly force artificially high price points on customers. In the past, the story may very...

Apple to Allow Rival E-Book Retailers to Provide Direct Links to Content
August 2, 2013 | 6:41 pm

I didn't see this coming, although in hindsight, I should have. The DOJ and 33 state attorney generals just published their proposed remedies in the Apple price fixing case. Most of it was expected: ending existing contracts with retailers and appointing an external monitor to ensure they don't slip again. But check out this one: "Apple will also be prohibited from entering into agreements with suppliers of e-books, music, movies, television shows or other content that are likely to increase the prices at which Apple’s competitor retailers may sell that content. To reset competition to the conditions that existed before the conspiracy, Apple...

Amazon scrapes bottom, sells books cheaply to public, talks to Democrats
July 29, 2013 | 5:02 pm

AmazonJust when you thought they could sink no lower, Amazon has added fresh offenses to their litany of crimes. So you'd conclude, at any rate, from the scrupulously impartial, limpidly objective coverage of their head-to-head discounting battle with Overstock in The Bookseller and Shelf-Awareness. Indeed, if you believe the latter, all that's keeping those unscrupulous bad hats out of the courts is their overly chummy dealings with the Democrats. Yes, fresh from being pilloried for not discounting enough, Amazon is discounting too much again. Of course, Overstock didn't exactly help the situation by calling Amazon out, specifically advertising its limited-period discount run...

Weekend Roundup: 10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World
June 22, 2013 | 8:51 am

Weekend Roundup10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World (Flavorwire) What’s even better than drinking while reading? Eating while reading, of course (hint: you can have a drink, too). --- This column will change your life: what's so wrong about giving up on a book? (The Guardian) It's fine to abandon books or other projects – but you've got to really abandon them, not let them fade amid vague intentions to finish them some day. --- Wiley salesman charged with stealing $2.8 million in textbooks (nj.com) An Oklahoma man who worked as a textbook salesman at Hoboken-based John Wiley & Sons stole more than $2.8 million in...

DOJ Wraps Up Case Against Apple
June 21, 2013 | 4:40 pm

AppleThe Department of Justice has wrapped up its case against Apple, complete with a 119-count slide deck. If you're into that sort of thing, it's worth a look. By the way, although All Things D had the final Apple slide deck as well, it appears to be gone now. If someone can point me to it, please let me know. I'd like to take a look, for comparison purposes. I've got no legal training, so I could only look at it from a layperson's perspective, and mostly I thought they'd made a good case. There were several slides that particularly caught my...

Is anyone still paying attention to the DOJ/ebook antitrust case?
May 18, 2013 | 12:47 pm

DOJ vs. AppleI guess I'd forgotten. Now that all the the publishing players have settled, abandoning agency pricing and returning to the wholesale slums, the DOJ/e-book antitrust case, which popped up again in everyone's news feeds this week, feels a little anticlimactic. The DOJ, perhaps simply because it's what it found, or perhaps because there's no one left to pick on, is framing the last defendant standing, Apple, as the "ringmaster" in the price-fixing suit, according the New York Times. With the case set to go to trial June 3 in New York (and what a fine note on which to end BEA), I find myself wondering: At...

Average price of best-selling e-books on the decline
April 9, 2013 | 11:45 am

e-booksE-books seem to be costing consumers less money. Digital Book World tracks the prices of e-books on the best-sellers lists every week. Last week, the news site found e-books on the lists averaged more than $8 a book. After a week where a new publisher (Macmillan) allowed discounted prices, the average price of e-books on the best-sellers list dropped to $7.21, a record low, according to DBW. One of the more interesting notes from DBW’s research is that $9.99 doesn’t seem to be a popular price anymore. This price point has been reserved for newer popular books and those that retailers can definitely...

Retailers begin discounting Macmillan e-books
April 5, 2013 | 10:04 am

Retailers are finally discounting Macmillan-published e-books - nearly two months after it settled its Department of Justice’s price fixing case. Prices of e-books have been lowered on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to Publishers Lunch. This includes books such as Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Lincoln and Ender’s Game. That leaves Penguin as the lone publisher that settled with the DOJ as to not have books discounted. Amazon is still hanging on to “This price was set by the publisher” tag on the site for Penguin books. The Macmillan discounts have ranged from about $1 to $2 off the original price. Silver...

Morning Links: Price-fixing, the death of Google Reader, and more
March 14, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning LinksPublishers: Go Hybrid! (Future Book) DOJ Price-Fixing Case Has Generated Over 8 Million Pages of Evidence (Publisher's Weekly) The Killing of Google Reader Highlights Risk of Relying on Single Provider (Techdirt) Self-Publishing Takes Center Stage at San Francisco Writer's Conference (Media Shift) Kindle Daily Deals: The Galaxy Project by Robert Heinlein (and 3 others)...

Amazon Isn’t Evil
February 21, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Amazon Kindles and their ownersYes, you read that headline correctly. When the DOJ lawsuit against the publishers came out last year, it became a lot more about Amazon and their alleged monopolistic practices than it was about the publishers and their alleged collusion. Now three independent bookstores are suing Amazon and the publishers for anti-trust violations around DRM. Lawsuits and most media coverage completely miss the point about Amazon's success. If a picture is truly worth 1,000 words, I'll save you a lot of reading: That's from an improptu D.C.-area get together of KindleBoards members (I'm the yellow sleeve on the bottom left.) Four Kindle owners; 12 Kindles. Think that's a...

DOJ Approves Penguin Random House Merger
February 14, 2013 | 3:37 pm

One hurdle down. Several more to go with the EU, Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world still needing to weigh in on this. Penguin's settlement with the Justice Department was a move to smooth the way for this merger, and it looks like that move worked. Note that Random House, not included in the price-fixing case, will be bound by the terms of the Penguin settlement. Who owns how much of what? For those who are keeping score, according to the announcement: Following completion, Bertelsmann will own 53% and Pearson 47% of Penguin Random House. It will encompass...

Macmillan Says Renegotiated E-Book Deals Allows Some Discounting
December 28, 2012 | 8:26 pm

  Macmillan, the last of the major publishers still fighting the U.S. Justice Department over antitrust charges, says it has renegotiated its e-book deals with retailers to allow some discounting. In an open letter posted on his book-publishing company's website Wednesday afternoon, Macmillan Chief Executive John Sargent said the firm is still committed to fighting the antitrust case brought by the Justice Department involving allegations that Macmillan and four other publishers plus Apple Inc. (AAPL) conspired to raise e-book prices. Read Full Article... Source: Global Finance * * *      ...

Inkling Books’ Michael W. Perry responds …
September 14, 2012 | 2:56 pm

Michael W. Perry's political rant about the cause and ramifications of the DoJ price-fixing case definitely touched a nerve this week with a good number of readers. Some of you found Perry's thought-process and logic to be a bit twisted, while others didn't think the essay had any place being published on TeleRead at all, given its rather over-the-top political overtone. Perry has since responded with a 2,200-word comment, and it's nothing if not a doozy. Click here to give it a read....

Inkling Books’ Michael W. Perry on the DoJ’s E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement
September 12, 2012 | 12:17 pm

By Michael W. Perry Yes, the judge in the Google Book Settlement clearly listened to what writers were saying, particularly [the approximately] 90 percent of them who wrote in opposition to it (including me). This judge seems less open to news from the trenches or the facts of the case. Keep in mind that there’s another and more mature market that demonstrates just how effective agency pricing can be at keeping prices down and quality high. That’s the apps for Apple’s iDevices. One reason I opted for the latest iPad rather than a MacBook Air is the marvelously low prices for impressive...

How To Understand the DoJ’s E-Book Pricing Settlement
September 11, 2012 | 12:43 am

It's been my experience that avid readers tend to be the sorts of people who take great pride in their intelligence. And intelligent people, for reasons that are obvious enough, aren't always forthcoming when they encounter complicated subjects they don't entirely understand. I mention this because I suspect that a decent portion of the e-reading community is having a hard time wrapping its collective head around the now-approved e-book pricing settlement situation. And that's a shame, because this particular case offers anyone who's interested a fantastic opportunity to observe the process of free-market capitalism in all its exquisite absurdity. I'll be the first to admit that all the...

Agency Pricing Settlement: Higher prices on the way?
September 10, 2012 | 2:32 pm

An article over at Paid Content proposes an interesting theory: That the recent Department of Justice ruling on the agency pricing issue could actually lead to higher book prices—not lower. This seems inexplicable at first: Only three of the Big Six publishers were named in the ruling, but the others may find themselves lowering prices in order to compete. And retailers are free to discount books as they see fit—packaging them into bundles, and so on. So ... where's the problem? The problem is that there's a clause in the settlement, stating that the retailers' discounts cannot exceed their commissions overall. (No...

Three Publishers Settle with 49 States
August 30, 2012 | 4:55 pm

Bloomberg Businessweek seems to have been one of the first publications to report that 54 attorneys general in (49 states and five American territories) have collectively reached a $69 million antitrust settlement with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster Inc., "over alleged price-fixing for electronic books." According to a press release from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Connecticut, the three publishers "have agreed to pay a total of more than $69 million to consumers to resolve antitrust claims of an alleged unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books (eBooks). They have also...

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