quote: The main problem is not the price of selling a book in the iTunes store or on Amazon, it is that to sell in iTunes and get access to all those iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices you could not sell your book anywhere else for less.
quote: That is what was illegal and what caused the problem.
quote: Amazon did not care that Apple wanted to sell their books for $5 more until the publishers demanded that Amazon sell their books for $5 more. The US government did not care that Apple wanted the price hike until it became clear that all ebook prices went up as a result of Apple forcing the issue.
quote: It was not only that either, Apple dictated that books could no longer be put on special. This meant that Amazon could not have a 10% off ebooks promotion. This meant that my favorite author who initially released books for 25% off their first week (to get word out) could not longer do this if they were released on iTunes at the same time.
quote: While some have voiced concerns about Amazon's intentions, I think it is important to remember that Amazon's original goal was to sell the ebooks at wholesale to help build the market. After box stores started complaining the publishers negotiated with Amazon to sell the books at $10 a piece.
quote: Personally I do not see the need for big publishers now. The author could go to a smaller service for editing and formating, then sell directly to the electronic distributors like Amazon and Apple, there by keeping the profit for their work. I also do not see why Apple needs a 30% cut. A whole book is usually less then a MB so hosting costs will be next to nothing.
quote: Apple did not force *ANY* publisher to raise their price.
quote: If the publisher worked with Amazon to allow the price to be temporarily lowered by 10% or 25% or even 100% (giving it away for free) the contracts the publishers have with Apple state that the price on Apple's iBook store must be the same price or less.
quote: That sounds like price fixing! The publishers and Amazon picked a specific price point together!
quote: Apple's 30% cut is way above its costs for a $10 or $15 e-book. However, there are a huge number of FREE books on the Apple site. Apple believes that all balances out. Also Apple (as well as Amazon) believe they have huge start up costs in these enterprises that need to be paid back.
quote: In its Wednesday appearance at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a White Plains court, Apple's lawyer requested a trial by jury. The move indicates that Apple is confident its high power legal team can defeat the U.S. Department of Justice's lawyers.
quote: I'm not going to lecture you about Jeff Bezos either, although I do want to note that he came out of a hedge fund and he's ostensibly a libertarian; these aspects of his background make me uneasy, because in my experience they tend to be found in conjunction with a social-darwinist ideology that has no time for social justice, compassion, or charity.
quote: If somebody says ten interesting things and then one silly thing the ten interesting things are still worth considering. Nobody is perfect :)
quote: Yes, that's logical fallacy "poisoning the well." However, the topic at hand is collusion, which he stayed away from. That, and his arguments for Amazon can be applied just as well to Apple and various things they sell.