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How the E-Book Ruling Will Affect the Way We Read

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Is the Department of Justice lawsuit fair?

Despite accusations of collusion, Apple continues to assert the opinion that they have done nothing wrong, as do the publishers who have refused to settle. Representatives from these companies have stated that there was no collusion to raise e-book prices or reduce competition within the industry.

Apple’s attorney released a forceful statement claiming their innocence and criticizing the controversial lawsuit:

“Apple has never participated in, encouraged, or sought to benefit from collusion. It has no objection to the Proposed Judgment’s bar on collusion. But the Government proposes to go much further. It seeks to terminate and rewrite Apple’s bargained-for contracts” (

The retail models that are good for publishers are also good for authors (who rely on their support and development), and therefore, obviously good for readers who want access to quality authors’ books.

Who will benefit?

Who will benefit from the DOJ settlement?


The wholesale model of selling e-books, which the DOJ favors, allows Amazon to price e-books as low as they want –which, since they are known for selling e-books at a loss to drive sales of more expensive items (like Kindles) — means that their pricing is beyond competitive. It blows everyone else out of the water. Which is good for consumers in the short run, because they pay less for e-books, but bad in the long run because it eliminates competitive retailers and puts financial strain on publishers.

In the end, it will be us (the readers) who make the choice about who wins this battle. Will you support the publishers who bring you the books you love to read? Or would you prefer to pay less for e-books in a potentially less competitive, less rich reading environment? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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7:15AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

When people buy online, they hurt the businesses in their community. When you don't support the brick and mortar you hurt your neighbors and might be hurting your own businesses, as those neghbors go unemployed and dont spend at your business.Yet again the DOJ demonstrates that it is acting against the interests of people

2:08PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Feel kinda sorry for kids, tucked up in bed, Mum reading from an electronic device!

9:47AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

I hate that everything is electronic now. I want to get away from my screen after a day of work, not bury it in another screen from a hand held device like a phone, tablet, or kindle. I like holding on to a real book, and reading the letters from a page. Staring at screens all day makes my eyes tired after a while.

2:12PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

This article is way too surface. Books are evolving the fact that there is a dominant form is in a way a very good thing. There is no reason to have three competing transmission sources. Although I myself prefer paper there are many people who can now read books that a publisher would not bother with. Self publishing now has a venue that is cheap to get your book in front of customers.
June T has a point. Small apartments just do not have the space.

11:22AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

I think this post shows a certain lack of understanding of how things work with both the hard copy publishers and the online stores selling eBooks. The publisher sets the prices for eBooks in the online stores. So to imply the online stores are undermining the publishing houses by undercutting their prices is inaccurate. I know this because I am the publishing imprint for my book and I set the price for that book online. The place where the online eBook peddlers do have power is in how they contract to sell the books. Amazon, which sells 1000 eBooks books for every 100 Barnes & Noble Nook does and for every 1 Apple iBook sells, has a pretty standard contract. You can sell the eBook for whatever you want, but if you sell for above $9.99, the ratio of what Amazon takes versus what you take changes radically, going from 70% to the publisher 30% to Amazon to much less in the publisher's favor figures. And, Amazon will only give the 70% commission if the eBook is not on sale anywhere else for less. This in some ways forces publishers to come down on what they might have chosen to sell the eBook for, without that cut off scale of commission, or to charge much much more in order to recoup the 70%. All of which is beside the point. EBooks are not ruining publishing, they are forcing publishing to evolve. They are also making it much simpler for writers to self publish, which is probably causing publishers a bit of grief because they have been bottle necking for some ti

2:41PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

I simply love books. Not just the stories but the old, time withstanding pages. sigh

12:38PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

what a nice sensation when you smell the pages of a new book!

5:16PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

The poll question was not clear to me. Was it asking if we support the traditional publishers who sell books to book stores, or was it asking if we support the publishers who sell e-books? I am guessing the poll was asking if we support what's currently going on with e-book pricing.

4:56PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


9:58PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012


are marketers who happen to be in business when the epitome of all marketing venues has just got rolling. The internet. Low overhead and ease of use. Crying over what is going to be lost without seeing that an even greater gain is to be had is a sign that YOU won't be benefiting from the unstoppable change that is coming

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