I was going to write about this, but really there’s nothing I can add to Mike Cane’s thoughts. Yeah, the 8.99 paperback is the refutation of all the “but we can’t sell for that price.” Beyond which, ebooks aren’t shipped (or for that matter printed), so they’re cheaper, and for most of the large companies, ebooks are DRMed and one-copy-only, so you end up buying them for everyone in the family — thereby paying 4x what you’d otherwise have paid. (Okay, I only do that for Terry Pratchett and F. Paul Wilson, but…) So the disconnect in David Carr’s “reasoning” is stunning.
I know I’ve said this before, but I just wish people would THINK.
It comes from the New York Times today — Book Publishing’s Real Nemesis — and is manufactured by David Carr, who has a shocking ignorance of eBook history, recent history, and is plainly biased towards the status quo.
The Justice Department finally took aim at the monopolistic monolith that threatened to dominate the book industry. So imagine the shock when the bullet aimed at threats to competition went whizzing by Amazon — which not long ago had a 90 percent stranglehold on e-books — and instead, struck five of the six biggest publishers and Apple, a minor player in the realm of books.
That’s the modern equivalent of taking on Standard Oil but breaking up Ed’s Gas ’N’ Groceries on Route 19 instead.
What the hell is this guy talking about?
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