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DOJ Sues Apple and Publishers for Collusion


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#151 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:07 PM

What, please, Sir, is news here? The article is from over a week ago, and a perusal doesn't reveal anything new from almost a month ago.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:40 AM

What, please, Sir, is news here? The article is from over a week ago, and a perusal doesn't reveal anything new from almost a month ago.

This was a milestone event that got limited press - in this case - the article shared was the first with this kind of detail.

There were a number in the media that though the case might either be dismissed or else settled in advance.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:34 AM

http://online.wsj.co...NzExNDcyWj.html

Not to get political (and in full disclosure I don't think I've ever agreed with anything this man has ever said) but it certainly makes me wonder who he is looking out for with this position because it sure isn't the consumer IMO!

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:59 AM

http://online.wsj.co...NzExNDcyWj.html

Not to get political (and in full disclosure I don't think I've ever agreed with anything this man has ever said) but it certainly makes me wonder who he is looking out for with this position because it sure isn't the consumer IMO!

Taken at face value, it seems to me his intent is to thwart an Amazon stranglehold on the marketplace.

After thinking about this for a while, and contrary to what Mr. Turow thinks, it seems to me the best solution is the publishers go to a wholesale model and let everyone set pricing as they see fit, so if Apple, Google or B&N want to run sales to draw customers away from Amazon, they can. It'd be a level playing field, like it is now with MP3s.

In that model, I assume authors would get paid based on the wholesale price, so no matter what the retailers charge for the books, it wouldn't affect their royalties. Just my .02.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

http://online.wsj.co...NzExNDcyWj.html

Not to get political (and in full disclosure I don't think I've ever agreed with anything this man has ever said) but it certainly makes me wonder who he is looking out for with this position because it sure isn't the consumer IMO!


I think it is probably safe to assume the big publishing houses are based in New York.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:09 PM

The article says the average price of eBooks was lowered from $9 to $7 since Apple entered the market. It must be all the free books that were added to iPads that lowered the average as the new releases/best sellers all went up in price.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:33 PM

The article says the average price of eBooks was lowered from $9 to $7 since Apple entered the market. It must be all the free books that were added to iPads that lowered the average as the new releases/best sellers all went up in price.


Yeah, I think that's a statistic that's clearly designed to deceive. Best Sellers, by their very name, are the highest volume by far and those have almost uniformly gone up in price by at least 20%.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:45 PM

The article says the average price of eBooks was lowered from $9 to $7 since Apple entered the market. It must be all the free books that were added to iPads that lowered the average as the new releases/best sellers all went up in price.

Yeah, I think that's a statistic that's clearly designed to deceive. Best Sellers, by their very name, are the highest volume by far and those have almost uniformly gone up in price by at least 20%.

Also I think the ebook price average through all vendors is going to go up. Amazon's Daily Deal ebooks used to be 99¢, but seems to have risen to $1.99. It's been tough on a guy like me who was buying several of those "99-centers" a month. Grumble, grumble...:sure:

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:14 PM

Also I think the ebook price average through all vendors is going to go up. Amazon's Daily Deal ebooks used to be 99¢, but seems to have risen to $1.99. It's been tough on a guy like me who was buying several of those "99-centers" a month. Grumble, grumble...:sure:

Check to see whether your public library (or affiliate library) carries eBooks. Our county doesn't have them, but the librarian told me a neighboring county has them, and they have a reciprocal agreement with us. I had to drive 31 miles to sign up, but I've checked out more than 30 eBooks from them in the past year.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

Check to see whether your public library (or affiliate library) carries eBooks. Our county doesn't have them, but the librarian told me a neighboring county has them, and they have a reciprocal agreement with us. I had to drive 31 miles to sign up, but I've checked out more than 30 eBooks from them in the past year.

I've been doing this as well. Both e-books and audiobooks. You sometimes have to wait a few days after you select them, because they are limited by the publishers as to how many copies can be "out" at any given time, but if you queue up a few of them, there's usually always something you want available for download at a given time.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:21 AM

http://techcrunch.co...ir-agency-deal/

This article is a little short on detail and has at least one inaccuracy (the settlement that some of the publishers accepted in the US is not the same as dumping the agency model) but still worth a read if this topic is of interest to you. I'm still hoping the DOJ forces them to dump the agency model completely and go back to a wholesale model so my e-book prices return to pre-iPad levels!

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:34 AM

This article is a little short on detail and has at least one inaccuracy

Another may be that it benefits B&N. I'm pretty sure they preferred the agency model, since they're still the largest brick and mortar bookseller in the US. They operate about 700 B&N retail stores and 600 college bookstores.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:18 AM

Judge finds Apple guilty in e-book price fixing scheme, damages trial to be held later (and probably and appeal by Apple).

 

http://www.theverge....ok-price-fixing



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:35 PM

Old topic, but update-worthy (IMHO).

 

I got my settlement check today from the E-Books AG Settlements Administrator (https://ebooksagsett...m/Home.aspx).  $58.75. I thought I'd get less than $10 for the two-year period so I was quite happy when I opened the letter. 

 

 

If You Bought an E-book during the Claim Period
You Could Get a Payment from a $166 Million Settlement Fund

  • Settlements have been reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollns, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (“E-books”).
  • The lawsuits claim there was a conspiracy involving five of the nation’s top publishers and Apple Inc. (“Apple”) to fix and raise retail prices of E-books.  All five of these publishers have agreed to settle the lawsuit.  A separate lawsuit with similar claims continues against Apple.
  • If you purchased one or more E-books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 that were published by any of the five Publishers (listed in Question 2 of the FAQ's), you may be eligible for a partial refund of the purchase price.
  • The Settling Publishers deny they did anything wrong, but have agreed to settle to avoid the cost and risk of a trial.
  • Additional information for these Settlements is available in the Detailed Notices on the Important Case Documents page on this Settlement website.
  • The Court in charge of these cases approved the last of these Settlements on December 6, 2013.
  • The distribution to eligible consumers began on or around March 25, 2014.





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