Apple didn’t want to play the price game with Amazon when it entered into the e-book business two-and-a-half years ago. Now that both companies have the power to discount HarperCollins e-books, Apple is more than willing to play the game, according to PaidContent.
For instance, Judgement Call by J.A. Jance has a list price of $14.99 and Apple is now discounting it to $9.99. It isn’t the only book Apple discounted.
Two can play at that game. Until mid-afternoon yesterday, Amazon had discounted the book to $10.94. Several hours after Apple made the price change, Amazon moved to match and now the book is selling at both retailers for $9.99. Touché.
Essential reading on the new HarperCollins pricing from Publishers Lunch. Exclusive on Digital Book World: Barnes & Noble has started discounting HarperCollins e-books despite having no new contract in place.
Emergency Appeal (Pub Lunch)
Attorney Bob Kohn has been an outspoken critic of the e-book price-fixing settlement. Now that it’s been approved and retailers and publishers are implementing it, he has filed several requests to the court to stay and appeal the judgment citing the possibility of irreparable harm to the public.
Smartphones New Frontier for Book Publishers? (DBW)
According to a new study from Pew, nearly half of U.S. adults now own a smartphone, making it the most common mobile reading device people own in the U.S. Publishers should take note and think about how to design, produce, market and sell e-books for smartphones.
Do You Read E-Books on Your Phone? (DBW)
We asked our readers if they read e-books on their smartphones. You’ll be shocked to see how many do – and why.
Power to the Publishers (WashPo)
As more readers use devices to consume content and the devices themselves become better, does power shift to the publishers who provide the content that could be the differentiating factor for device-manufacturers?
Buzzfeed for Books? (DBW-exclusive)
A new start-up Bibliostar.tv wants to be the Buzzfeed for books: a place where readers can gather to watch author videos, book trailers, etc. Video may have killed the radio star, but can it turn authors into online sensations?
Writers Want to Learn More about E-Publishing (DBW)
Writers are hungry for more information about the digital publishing revolution and how it impacts what they do. What writers seem to need most? “Basic orientation.”
JANA Dumps B&N (ValueWalk)
Investment firm JANA Partners made a splash in the publishing world when it upped its stake of Barnes & Noble stock to 11.7%. A week later, Microsoft made its $605 million investment in B&N and the stock price skyrocketed. JANA and others profited in the subsequent weeks, selling off stock. Now that B&N shares are sagging, JANA has reportedly off-loaded the remainder of its stake.
Kindle Fire HD Good, iPad Better (WSJ)
The king of technology reviews has weighed in on the new Kindle Fire and the news is good but not great for Amazon: It’s better than it was, but not as good as an iPad – or even a Google Nexus 7.
Revolutionary E-Book (L.A. Times)
Feminist Russian performance collective Pussy Riot were arrested in February after performing a political punk-rock show held in a church. On Sept. 21, The Feminist Press will publish an e-book with contributions from the collective’s supporters.
What David Maraniss Likes to Read (Bibliostar.tv)
Walk through a bookstore with Washington Post associate editor and author of Barack Obama: The Story (Simon & Schuster) David Maraniss. Learn about the books that have inspired him to be a writer. More on new start-up Bibliostar.tv.
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