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“Federal Court Finds Apple Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing”

The title of this post is from an article on WIRED.

Forbes, a major money magazine, has Apple Loses E-book Case After Judge Says It Played A ‘Central Role’ in Price-Fixing Conspiracy.

Back in March last year, when the story broke, I wrote Authors/Readers vs Publishers vs the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Then in June I wrote Public & Publishers Speak Out To U. S. D. O. J. on Pricing Collusion.

The March post linked to a conversation between authors Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler and I quoted part of it in the June post:

“…if you’ve not been following the story, the publishers involved are all pointing fingers at Amazon as the company that must be stopped

“I’ll put a bit of conversation between authors Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler, from the March postwith their opinions about Amazon as the Bad Guy:

“Joe: The Big Publishing Cartel monopolizes distribution for decades and that’s fine, but some upstart comes in and starts treating authors and readers with consideration, and it is a call to arms.

“Barry: This argument is just bizarre. I mean, Amazon, which sells more books than anyone, is destroying bookselling? Amazon is destroying bookselling by selling tons of books?”

So, the case has reached a verdict (with probable appeals approaching) and the site GigaOM has an article that deals with DRM, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers.

If you don’t know what DRM is, watch this video or check out this article

GigaOM’s article is called The real villain in the ebooks case isn’t Apple or Amazon — it’s publishers’ addiction to DRM and there’s a subheading that says The Big Six gave Amazon the keys

Here’s a short excerpt from that article, just to encourage you to go read the whole thing:

“The Big Six’s pig-headed insistence on DRM on ebooks is handing Amazon a stick with which to beat them harder. [Their] insistence on DRM has proven to be a hideous mistake. Rather than reducing piracy, it has locked customers in Amazon’s walled garden, which in turn increases Amazon’s leverage over publishers.”

Wondering where this will all end—though, many folks are going to speculate themselves into a frenzy………
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