DOJ Seeks to Change iBookstore, iTunes App Store

shutterstock_135471194Late last week, the Department of Justice shared with the world its recommended punishments for Apple now that it lost in this summer’s ebook price-fixing trial. And they are harsh.
Some of the most punitive measures, as we understand them:
— Apple will have to be off of agency pricing for five year – with both its iBookstore and iTunes-related businesses.
— Apple will have to allow rival apps to link to their online bookstores from the iOS app.
— Apple will have to allow stores like Amazon’s Kindle for iPhone sell ebooks through the app without paying Apple its customary 30% take when someone buys something from an app.
It’s no telling what the judge will do with this recommendation, but should it go through, it would mean Apple might have to drastically change the way it does business.
Related: Apple Responds

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The rest of the day’s top news:
Will the DOJ Get What It Wants? (Fortune)
If past cases are any indication, the DOJ will get what it wants. Those of you following along with the ebook and digital content biz, buckle your seatbelts.  
Reader Survey: Quarter Don’t Want to Pay More than $5 for Ebook (DBW)
A new survey of readers conducted found that many of them don’t want to pay more than $5 for any books. However, if they found a book they wanted, they were much more likely to pay what it takes to get to it.
Do Authors Need Literary Agents Anymore? (Forbes)
The answer may be complicated. But some authors need some agents some of the time and some authors don’t need agents other times. Many agents are adapting well to the new realities of the publishing business.
Digital Technology Fueling Growth in Audio Books (WSJ)
Mobile technology combined with linkups to ebooks are making it easier for people to plow through more audio books than ever.
Amazon Facing Work-Culture Clash in Germany (NYTimes)
Amazon, which has been praised in the past few weeks for its relationship to labor in the U.S. (essentially, as a job creator), is not receiving the same welcome in Germany where its perceived unfriendliness to organized labor is rubbing some the wrong way. Related: Amazon Stands Out as Big Company Job Creator.
Ebook Library Wars in the UK (Good E Reader)
UK publishers are seeking to make it harder for readers to borrow ebooks from their local library without visiting the physical location.
Penguin Random House Partners to Sell into Schools (DBW)
Penguin Random House has partnered with Follett to sell ebooks into classrooms around the country.
Brazil Publishing Industry Shrinks (Pub Perspectives)
For some sectors, the growing Brazilian economy isn’t all that great. Publishing is one of these sectors. It shrank last year by nearly 3%.
Confessions of an E-Reading Convert (The Guardian)
A rare book dealer has discovered the pleasures of digital reading and now can’t look at any printed media the same way – even his own wares.


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