Apple and the Department of Justice presented their closing arguments in the three week ebook price-fixing trial. While we wait for the verdict, expect to see endless dissections of the proceedings and what they mean.
One of the first – and likely one of the best – is from paidContent, which compared the slide decks from Apple and the DOJ.
Apple’s was slick, clever and attempted to pull apart the government’s opening statement and testimony. The DOJ’s was a bit more clunky in appearance and attempted to make Judge Denise Cote forget that her opinion on the case may be shifting toward favoring Apple’s arguments. While Apple’s sought to continue its dismantling of the DOJ’s tent-pole arguments, the DOJ spelled out the law, reminding the Judge of its burden of proof.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
DOJ/Apple: He Said, She Said (Pub Lunch)
Apple said it’s innocent. The government says it’s guilty. Judge Cote will decide. You can follow along with this good summary of the arguments from Publishers Lunch.
DOJ/Apple: Judge Cote ‘Totes’ Loves ipad (BetaBeat)
Judge Cote may rule against Apple in the courtroom but could be less likely to if it meant the company would have to stop producing and selling iPads. She loves her iPad.
Italy: Years Behind the U.S. in Ebooks? (DBW)
Publishers at Editech digital book publishing conference in Italy this year peg the Italian market as two or three years away from growing into digital as it has here in the U.S. With all the technology that Italians are already toting, it could be a lot closer than that.
The Next Front in Digital Publishing (CNBC)
While Apple and the DOJ duke it out in court, another battle is brewing in publishing: The sweeping changes in the U.S. educational system are pitting established publishers against start-ups and education non-profits (and often with them) in a struggle for control of the massive education publishing industry.
Prominent Ebook Library Site Accused of Piracy (Good E Reader)
BookOS.org, which claims that it’s the largest ebook library in the world, has been accused of giving safe harbor to pirated ebooks, so to speak.
Managing Content Rights to Maximize Value (DBW)
When it comes to monetizing content, it all starts with rights management. And, in the case of piracy, rights management can be a critical part of making sure your content doesn’t help someone else make money.
Librify to Crack ‘Netflix for Ebooks’? (PW)
Librify is the latest start-up to take a crack at it. What is always forgotten is this is there is a successful model already established: Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Librify has at least one success: It helped organize the recent publishing hackathon. See the winner here.
Ebooks in Columbia (Pub Perspectives)
One Columbian book publisher has gotten scrappy when it comes to selling ebooks: distributing small gift-card-like cards to bookstores (where most Columbians still buy books) so that readers can go there to buy ebooks, too.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books Shuffle (PW)
The company says that a restructuring “allows us to expand into new categories and build on our successes.”
Cracking the Kindle (The Digital Reader)
Like your Kindle Fire but hate that it’s not a full Android tablet? There’s now a solution for you.
The Week That Was (Good E Reader)
Digital Book World editorial director Jeremy Greenfield talks about the week that was with Good E Reader’s Michael Kozlowski.
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