Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 11:00 UTC
Legal "The Justice Department could sue Apple as early as Wednesday over alleged electronic book price-fixing, while settling with several publishers as early as this week, two people familiar with the matter said." I feel safe already. Update: ...and we have lift-off.
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where's the authors here?
by bnolsen on Wed 11th Apr 2012 20:45 UTC
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

Nice to see the middle men and the point of sale guys colluding to up the prices. I don't see mention of the people who actually make this industry happen: the authors.

The first problem are these "middle men". Hollywood, big publishing, big media. The biggest benefit of the internet is that it should ideally kill these middle men off.

I've heard some stories about how ugly these middle men publishers get with trying to punish and bully writers who want to move towards self publishing with amazon. Thse guys just have to go.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/technology/amazon-rewrites-the-ru...

http://pandodaily.com/2012/01/17/confessions-of-a-publisher-were-in...

Edited 2012-04-11 20:49 UTC

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RE: where's the authors here?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 20:50 in reply to "where's the authors here?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I've heard some stories about how ugly these middle men publishers get with trying to punish and bully writers who want to move towards self publishing with amazon. Thse guys just have to go.


Exactly. Apple should stop being one of those middlemen - on whatever media, including applications.

Or was that not what you had in mind?

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Nah, apple isn't a middle man. It seems they are bad for their role in exploiting these faltering middle men for their own gains.

Amazon seems to have been doing it right: They've been actually going to the source: the writers themselves in order to entirely cut the middle men out. In the end both amazon and the writers come out ahead regarding their takes.

With the apple deal, only apple and the publishers come out ahead. The authors aren't even in the picture.

The fun question is: if amazon "turns bad", do the new market dynamics started by amazon allow these authors to more freely go somewhere else?

The end result we all want is for good written materials by any author to be able to get to readers in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Edited 2012-04-11 21:03 UTC

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