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Price-Fixing Lawsuit Filed Against Amazon

January 19th, 2021

The Bookseller has more on the recent class-action lawsuit filed against Amazon and the big five publishers (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins.)

Looks like a repeat of the 2011 Apple and the big-six price-fixing debacle.

So, if anyone is wondering why the eBook Revolution stalled: Unbridled capitalism = quest for monopoly = criminality.

More in PublishersWeekly article.

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Is Color Kindle Coming?

January 17th, 2021

GoodeReader wonders whether Amazon will launch its Color Kindle eReader this year.

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Amazon and Big Five Publishers Sued for eBook Price Fixing

January 15th, 2021

PublishersWeekly reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Amazon for eBook price fixing and names the big five publishers—HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin Random House as co-Conspirators.

The action is long overdue. Just one look at Amazon’s pricing of eBooks higher than their paper/hardcover equivalents is all the clue you need. Also, it’s the same big five publishers that colluded with Apple in 2011 for (you guessed it) price fixing. At that time, the publishers settled the claims for $188-million, and Apple lost at trial so had to reimburse its customers for $400-million.

Rationale:

The publishers over-price eBooks to force people to purchase paper/hard cover versions. (And support their out-dated business model.)

Price fixing is a win-win for Amazon. They get more money from their percentage of the inflated-eBook purchase price, and the high eBook prices nudge people toward Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited “all you can read” eBook subscription service.

 

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The Kindle eBook as Present

December 5th, 2019

With Christmas on the way, TechAdvisor tells us how to give Kindle eBooks to the ones you love.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis 3 eReader Sold Out

December 3rd, 2019

GoodeReader reports that the Amazon Kindle Oasis 3 eReader is sold out in the US.

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eBook Pirate on Trial

December 2nd, 2019

TorrentFreak chronicles the ongoing prosecution of an eBook Pirate (a.k.a. digital content thief who is in over his head).

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Battle for China eBook Market on Horizon

November 29th, 2019

AbacusNews writes about the coming battle for China’s eBook market. Amazon’s going to have its hands full.

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Amazon Trying Multi-purchase Kindle Discount

November 15th, 2019

GoodeReader writes about Amazon’s test of multiple purchase discounts for its Kindle eReaders.

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Top Ten Amazon Books

November 13th, 2019

GoodeReader posted the list of Amazon’s top ten books for 2019.

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What’s Your Special eReader?

October 22nd, 2019

GoodeReader wonders which eReader brand you’re backing.

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