Book publishers argue that Amazon is a vicious monopoly that has too much power over them and their content. But they need to realize they gave Amazon much of that power themselves when they agreed to shackle all of their books in DRM chains.
"This week, the Obama administration’s Justice Department struck a great legal blow against our open market for books, and indeed against open markets in America:
"Over time, it became clear that the best way to lower prices over the long run was in fact to allow producers to set higher prices today. That’s because doing so forces producers to compete with producers rather than retailers. And it forces retailers to compete with retailers rather than with producers. The result being that we end up with both producers and retailers doing a better job of serving the consumer.
"The laws designed to restrict price predation also helped not merely to arrest the consolidation of power begun during the Plutocratic era, but to reverse the process. One result was that Americans enjoyed a truly open market for books well into the 1980s, one that delivered well-edited, provocative works priced to fit almost any budget.
"In one of the most muddled, disorganized, deceitful and cynical series of policy shifts in recent business history, Google has once again announced that it is ending its partnership selling ebooks with independent booksellers — except this time, the company says it really means it."
65% of the so-called predatory publishers named on Beall's list may be based in the United States
By Rob Virkar-Yates
Virkar-Yates points to the "laziness" of normative judgements when it comes to assumptions about predatory publishing. These judgements can be unfair, but do they also put those making the judgement at a disadvantage by blinding them to interesting developments and opportunities in unfamiliar domains?
For 36 years, an undaunted Irwin Zucker, himself a public relations professional, has been hosting bi-monthly meetings of the Book Publicists of Southern California, bringing together at each event a hundred or so published authors and authors...
For the historical record - this article give an insiders' view of Southern California's professional publishing organizations and in the process provides an intersting context for current trends in the profession (including higher levels of author autonomy and the changing market for industry professionals)
Technology Review's Jason Pontin, Demand Media's Joanne Bradford, Business Insider's Julie Hansen and others weigh in on what should keep publishers up at night.
Julie Hansen: "...the monstrous expense of supporting multiple platforms. Will mobile engender new native publishing formats, or is it just Web content made portable? Will it develop a sustainable advertising model?"
David Doty: "Publishers are also dedicating lots of time and effort to communicating with consumers around how to manage their privacy,"
A few years ago, according to the Justice Department, publishers decided on a strategy to fight the grave and gathering menace posed to their business model by the rise of digital books: They would meet about it.
In the days following the announcement of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against publishers accused of colluding with Apple to raise e-book prices, much of the U.S. publishing industry decamped to the U.K.
"It’s true antitrust laws are there primarily to protect consumers, but they do that in part by protecting competitors and suppliers from chokeholds in markets. Doing so ultimately protects consumers in the long run—on prices and on selection."