Amazon vs. Apple And The Agency 5: Let’s Get The Facts Straight

This is a cross-posting of an editorial from April L. Hamilton’s Indie Author Blog. Given that anyone who reads my blog is an author, publisher, or otherwise involved in the book business, I don’t think I need to trouble myself with recounting every detail of how the U.S. Department of Justice came to charge Apple, … Read more

Amazon Announces Intent To Start Slashing Kindle Book Prices In Wake Of Antitrust Settlements

Yesterday the New York Times reported: As soon as the Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it was suing five major publishers and Apple  on price-fixing charges, and simultaneously settling with three of  them, Amazon announced plans to push down prices on e-books. The price  of some major titles could fall to $9.99 or less from … Read more

Breaking News: Partial Settlement in Apple, Agency 5 Antitrust Suit

Bloomberg News is reporting that when the U.S. Justice Department officially moved to file suit against Apple and the “Agency 5”, all but Apple and one of the publishers named in the suit negotiated a settlement. From Bloomberg: The U.S. sued Apple Inc. (AAPL), Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New … Read more

Ebook News: Apple & Big Publishers Under Investigation For Alleged Collusion To Fix Ebook Prices

Apple and five major publishers, suspected of colluding to artificially raise and fix prices for ebooks, are under investigation by regulators in the U.S. and European Union. The whole thing began when Apple introduced its “agency pricing model” for ebooks last year. Up until that time, Amazon, as the dominant player in the ebook field, had … Read more

Is Amazon Getting Into The TV Business?

Amazon is already operating its own publishing house, under the imprints AmazonEncore, Amazon Crossing, Montlake Romance and formerly, The Domino Project (in collaboration with Seth Godin). It’s also well-known that Amazon has branched out into film production, with its Amazon Studios program. Could it be that Amazon is now interested in producing television shows as well? On … Read more