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Which eBook Publishing Platform is Best?

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There are three primary ebook publishing platforms: Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Apple’s iBooks (iPad). (Which eBook Publishing Platform is Best?
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Why Apple Really Wanted iBooks – An Alternate Theory (And Why Everyone is Wrong) « The Digital Reader

Why Apple Really Wanted iBooks – An Alternate Theory (And Why Everyone is Wrong) « The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"Apple’s quarterly reports reveal that Apple is making hardly any money from content sales. Instead Apple is making most of their money from iPhone and iPad sales (Example: Q4 2012).

Let me lay out an alternate theory for why Apple launched iBooks.

IMO iBooks was never about the content for its own sake; it was always about the hardware that the content was sold on. I have been saying that for some time now (most recently in late May 2013) but until today I had not backed up my statements with actual data (see above link).

I believe that the initial launch of the iBookstore was merely a stepping stone towards the launch of iBooks 2.0, Apple’s digital textbook platform which launched in January 2012. And that launch was not about content either; I believe it was part of Apple’s plan to get more iPads into classrooms."

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TidBITS: Explaining the Apple Ebook Price Fixing Suit

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By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the news that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has ruled against Apple in the antitrust suit filed against the company by the U.S. Department of Justice and 33 states, saying that Apple conspired with five major publishers to raise the retail prices of ebooks. Apple has announced that it will appeal, denying any wrongdoing. Initially, the next trial was supposed to set damages but I imagine that will be set aside until the appeal is decided, first at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and then the Supreme Court if necessary.
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Apple's latest setback won't bring e-book prices down - Salon

Apple's latest setback won't bring e-book prices down - Salon | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apple's latest setback won't bring e-book prices down Salon A U.S.
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"After settling with the DOJ, publishers were allowed to continue selling their e-books via retailers using a commission-based system called the agency model. However, the agency model typically allows publishers to set the retail prices of their titles. Under the terms of the settlement, retailers are now allowed to discount these e-books, but only until 2014."
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Loss Leaders, Predatory Pricing, and Why Amazon Isn’t the Defendant Today

Loss Leaders, Predatory Pricing, and Why Amazon Isn’t the Defendant Today | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"But there is one question that seems to still be circulating today. A lot of people, including one in my contemn section, wonder why Amazon was not on trial today. After all, Amazon’s pricing policy is clear evidence (in some minds, at least) of their nefarious plans to destroy their competition.

Today I thought I would take some time and point out the difference between what Amazon’s actual pricing policies and what many assume to be those policies."

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Apple guilty of ebook price fixing, says judge

Apple guilty of ebook price fixing, says judge | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
After a trial and several settlements with other publishers, a judge has ruled that Apple conspired to raise the price of ebooks from major publishers. Reuters reports that a trial for damages will...
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How to Change the World: How to calculate your royalty

How to Change the World: How to calculate your royalty | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you're thinking of writing a book, use this site to calculate your royalties from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo: http://apethebook.com/calculator/#top (Guy Kawasaki's self-publishing royalty calculator for #Amazon and other sites.
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Apple Trial: B&N's Horner Touts Agency Model

Apple Trial: B&N's Horner Touts Agency Model | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Nook Media v-p of digital content Theresa Horner took the stand at the Apple e-book price fixing trial and the government and Apple clashed over questions about the profitability—or lack of it—in the e-book market of 2009-2010.
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But Judge Cote said, “this is not a trial about the profitability of the e-book business,” and eventually ruled against Apple, forcing a focus on a narrower concept—the profitability of e-book bestsellers in 2010—but Apple had made its point. Apple, Snyder said, made an independent business decision to “adopt a rational business model, not create a model simply to conspire to raise prices,” when it entered the e-book marketplace. “Apple was intent on entering a market in a legal and profitable manner,” he said, “and other smart and sophisticated people came to the same decisions as Apple did.”

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Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market - Apple Insider

Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market - Apple Insider | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market
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Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market. By Daniel Eran Dilger. The ongoing antitrust trial by the U.S.
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Apple should lead the move to DRM-free ebooks - Macworld

Apple should lead the move to DRM-free ebooks - Macworld | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apple should lead the move to DRM-free ebooks
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I like books. I also own a lot of them. When moving recently, I realized just how many: Even after disposing of a third of my collection, I still have a couple of thousand.
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Survey: Does Apple’s Guilty Verdict in Ebook Trial Damage Publishing? : Publishing Perspectives

Survey: Does Apple’s Guilty Verdict in Ebook Trial Damage Publishing? : Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apple has been found guilty of colluding to raise ebook prices. Financial ramifications aside, has the judgement damaged publishing's reputation with consumers?
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Caught between madmen and mercenaries

Caught between madmen and mercenaries | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is not a comment on the recent court ruling on Apple, agency contracts, and price fixing. But a cursory glance at the history of ebook retail makes one conclusion crystal clear: On one side you have self-destructive madmen like the big publishers who have done the following lovely things to their ebook retail partners
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Agency Dead? Penguin Ebooks Discounted | Digital Book World

Agency Dead? Penguin Ebooks Discounted | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
HarperCollins continues verticalization, what should B&N do?, why the Apple verdict is bad for publishing, Aquafadas launches new publishing system and much more! (The DBW Daily is out!
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How Steve Jobs Got Apple Into Trouble Over Ebooks

How Steve Jobs Got Apple Into Trouble Over Ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
So Apple and a group of major publishers stand accused of ebook price fixing. But before we have them drawn and quartered, let's consider the facts. First of all, Apple never tr...
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"Apple never tried to hide what it was doing with ebooks. Steve Jobs wanted his new iPad and iBooks platform to compete in the exploding ereader market.

As ever, Jobs wanted to do so on his own terms. So he told publishers how it was going to be.

Publishers agreed to his "Agency Model" (publishers set the price, Apple gets 30% of the profits, and publishers cannot allow lower prices on a competing service). The fortunes of Apple, publishers, authors and even Amazon, improved as a result."

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Open Air sees e-book sales success by publishing in the App Store

Open Air sees e-book sales success by publishing in the App Store | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Paid Content is a fantastic blog for freelance and office professionals that covers paid-content business models for furthering the reach of your work.
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"Open Air sells exponentially more titles through the App Store than it does via the iBookstore, between 10 to 30 times as much depending on the situation. Originally the company just published their books through the App Store, but when iBooks Author was launched, the company adapted its titles for the new market. What they thought would be a massive jump in sales turned out to be just another smaller market."

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iTunes users spend a lot on apps and music, not so much on ebooks (chart)

iTunes users spend a lot on apps and music, not so much on ebooks (chart) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Besides the future of iOS and OS X, we’ve recently learned a lot from Apple about the state of iTunes. We can also know how much users are spending on apps and music, and how little they’re spending on video and books.
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Thank You, Apple, for Going to Court Over E-Books

Thank You, Apple, for Going to Court Over E-Books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
TW Opinion by David Biddle and Martha Nichols These days, every writer and reader needs to pay careful attention to the profit-making shenanigans of the publishing world." This op-ed provides a far different perspective on the Apple-DOJ price fixing trial currently underway. Rather than look at corporate and consumer interests, we focus on the importance of the issues this case brings up for writers and indie publishers.
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Marianela Camacho Alfaro's comment, June 19, 2013 12:16 PM
"The current bench trial against Apple, the lone holdout, gives us a peek behind the curtain of corporate book commerce. More than that, we should be grateful to Apple for hanging tough on its business approach and facing down the DOJ in a New York City courtroom. We literary types need to push for terms that favor the creative work of writers—not price-chopping strategies that turn e-books into the equivalent of toilet paper rolls."
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Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple's way? - Fortune

Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple's way? - Fortune | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple's way?
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