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pretty intense. the fuckers.
It's like not a single person in the established publishing / music / film business has ever thought for even a second about the impact of digital on their industry and how this kind of thing drives their customers to piracy
'This is £12 not £7, I guess I'll just illegally download an e-book'. I'd probably never download and e-book though...
I think publishers probably thought this one through - it was amazon they were tryin to price out. (Harpercollins is owned by news corp urgh)
used to have significant holdings in the 'defence and aerospace company'(arms dealers) EADS.
JK Rowling's advance was nothing but BLOOD MONEY.
I guess I should have said that this kind of thing drives customers away rather than just to piracy.
These industries have a fantastic opportunity to reach larger audiences and really engage with the richness of a new medium but instead they are just circling the wagons and settling into a cycle of ever increasing protectionism.
I agree that they didn't expect to get caught, but IMO that they went through with this really highlights the backward and blinkered attitude of the media industries.
Meanwhile Amazon continues to undermine the value of the entire publishing business. Good work, everyone.
but i mean it's progress?
I'd be interested to hear anyone from the DOJ saying they don't think amazon have a dominant position. They've already been accused of abusing it:
'For example, for a small self-publishers, Amazon’s Kindle pay 70% royalties – if the price is between $2.99 and $9.99 (£1.98 and £6.60)However, any book, over $9.99 will receive only 35% royalties. This is a very clear incentive for authors to keep the price of e-books low. (I know when I set the price of an e-book I wrote. I made sure it was under $9.99)'
The barriers to entry for new competitors were very high. Apple could argue it was just trying to get a foot in the door.
I don't want to have to buy books on amazon so I'm not happy about the ruling.
Haven't used it in years and will continue not to do so...
It's killing bookshops & publishers though
a friendly reminder that you can buy this utterly excellent Kindle alternative for the stupidly low price of £29...
they do restock though - I missed out when they first brought the price down, everywhere went out of stock, but managed to order one at the end of last week. Enjoying it immensely so far, and it's nice that it's not just a device to funnel money from my bank account to Amazon...
it's as good as the kindle, but it costs £29 instead of £69. They've slashed the price to try and swipe some market share from Amazon, I think.
literally only a problem if you buy books with drm or don't know how to circumvent it, right?
The nook store is probably the worst thing about the nook. The whole idea of an ereader being a device to shovel all your money to one particular bookseller is obnoxious to me tbh.
Might just root mine and put android on it.
*There are ways around the DRM software — as a cursory search of online forums will reveal — but they usually infringe on copyright law for e-books and risk exposing tablets to computer viruses*
RISK EXPOSING TABLETS TO COMPUTER VIRUSES ='D
Kear Of Bissing Out?
but they're good too like.