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Does Apple Own the Digital Page Turn or Doesn’t It?
November 20, 2012 | 7:05 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business On Friday afternoon, The New York Times' Nick Bilton posted an item on the paper's Bits blog entitled "Apple Now Owns The Page Turn," citing U.S. Patent D670,713. Incredulous, Bilton wrote: This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application. Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner...

Does Random House fear agency pricing because it gives authors too much information?
April 2, 2010 | 10:55 am

Much has been made of Random House’s refusal to embrace Apple and the other five big publishers’ agency pricing model, pleading inexperience at setting its own prices. As we mentioned a few days ago, Mike Shatzkin thinks Random House wants to maximize its short-term profits by being the only big publisher receiving full wholesale price from Amazon for its e-books. Erik Sherman of BNET has another theory: he thinks Random House is opposed to agency pricing because it would give authors access to too much information. He points out that publishers often use a number of...