[LINK] E-book wars start...
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Sun Jan 31 08:55:47 AEDT 2010
At 08:13 AM 31/01/2010, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> > Go to Amazon.com. Search for any publication by Macmillan, one of the
> > world's largest publishing firms. The Prince of Silicon Valley,
temporarily removed Macmillan titles as a result of an e-book pricing
dispute, according to The New York Times.
New York Times has an explanation. Citing an anonymous source "in the
industry with knowledge of the dispute," The Times said the removal
was caused by a disagreement between Macmillan and Amazon over the
pricing of e-books on the Kindle. Amazon insists that publishers
charge $9.99 for most e-books, while Macmillan wanted to raise the
price to $15. So the online retailer is "expressing its strong
disagreement by temporarily removing Macmillan books."
Meanwhile, Apple is allowing publishers to set the prices they want
on the iPad's iBookstore. The Wall Street Journal actually
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on this issue at the iPad launch
event, asking why someone would buy a $15 e-book from Apple when they
could get the same book from Amazon for $9.99.
"The prices will be the same," Jobs said, implying that Amazon will
eventually be forced to adopt more flexible pricing models. If The
Times is correct, Macmillan's removal could signal the next stage in
Amazon and Macmillan still haven't responded to emails asking for an
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