agency pricing

Apple damages trial delayed to August 25

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the wake of Apple’s recent failure to obtain a stay on the damages trial, Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly, the trial has been postponed again, to August 25. There may not actually [...]

Department of Justice asks settling publishers, ‘Done any more colluding lately?’

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from “people familiar with the situation” that the first three publishers to settle—Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and News Corp’s own [...]

Publishers, Amazon, and competition: Three points of view

By Chris Meadows
June 1, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a theme in the triad of Amazon/Hachette articles I found this morning, and the theme is…competition. First of all, here’s a rare op ed in favor of Amazon that originally appeared in [...]

Can publishers win if they dare?

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2014 // 7 Comments

Dare – dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive It’s time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan [...]

Publishing consultants want to foster competition among retailers by making consumers miserable

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2014 // 9 Comments

I’m not a publishing industry “insider.” I admit that. I know I pontificate from time to time, and have opinions very strongly expressed, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m [...]

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, more people have chimed in on the Amazon/Hachette thing. Most notably, Charlie Stross has blogged about it. Given that he’s published by Orbit, a subsidiary of Hachette, it’s understandable [...]

Steve Jobs may have escaped criminal charges due to ‘reality distortion field’

By Chris Meadows
May 3, 2014 // 4 Comments

Why didn’t Apple executives (or, for that matter, the publishers) face criminal charges in the antitrust lawsuit stemming from agency pricing? Until now, the theory I had heard was that it was [...]

Publishers go off deep end, pay consultant to tell them what they want to hear

By Chris Meadows
April 3, 2014 // 11 Comments

So, let me get this straight. Frank Luby, a consultant speaking at Digital Book World, says that e-books are more convenient than printed books, and therefore, they should cost more. Is this some [...]

Apple anti-trust plaintiffs want summary judgment on damages, trial to stay where it is

By Chris Meadows
March 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has details on the plaintiffs’ latest filings in the Apple anti-trust case. In brief, the attorneys argue that Judge Cote has enough evidence to decide on [...]

Kobo dominance in Canada: good luck or good business?

By Joanna Cabot
March 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve long chalked up Kobo’s success in Canada at least partly to good business: they’re aces at local content, have a huge presence in Canadian retail thanks to their origins as a [...]

Apple files opening brief in e-book anti-trust trial appeal

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ars Technica reports that Apple has filed a 75-page opening brief in its appeal of Judge Cote’s decision finding it guilty of engaging in a conspiracy with the publishers to help raise prices. The [...]

Weekend Roundup: Failed attempt to turn Android tablet into eReader, Canada limits agency pricing

By Joanna Cabot
February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lessons Learned From a Failed Attempt to Turn my Android Tablet into an eBook Reader (The Digital Reader) While it’s quite common to use an Android tablet as an ebook reader, few are designed to [...]

Judge Cote denies Bob Kohn’s request to investigate Amazon’s pricing…again

By libertyc
November 16, 2013 // 5 Comments

I wondered what had ever become of Bob Kohn, the plucky founder of RoyaltyShare who has been complaining all through the Agency Five/Apple antitrust hearings that nobody was paying enough attention [...]

Judge Cote devises brave punishments for Apple in settlement hearing

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 3 Comments

Apple and the publishers had their hearing before Judge Cote today on the penalties she’s considering imposing. There was more interesting news in the run-up to it, of course. First, GigaOm reports [...]

Interview: Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Richard Albanese discusses the Apple trial

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

After I wrote my review of Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Richard Albanese’s (recently updated) e-book The Battle of $9.99 about the DoJ vs. Apple e-book trial, Publishers Weekly offered me [...]

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