In an item that will appear in the New York Times tomorrow, media reporter David Carr calls into question the Justice Department’s motives in going after Apple and the “agency five” publishers and not Amazon. In doing so, he compared the publishing industry to a roadside pit-stop (Book Publishing’s Real Nemesis):
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.
Read much more at the New York Times.