How Much Control Should the U.S. Government Have Over Ebooks?

shutterstock_147560003We’re likely to learn today just how much control the U.S. government will exert over the ebook business in the next five years. Judge Denise Cote is set to hold a conference today where it could be revealed what remedy the court will apply to Apple following its loss in the ebook price-fixing trial.
Of course, Apple is appealing on a number of grounds and the case could, theoretically, go to the Supreme Court, but it likely won’t and we will therefore know soon whether things will stay relatively the same or, if the DOJ gets its way, whether they’ll change drastically.
If you haven’t been paying attention, the DOJ has asked for some rather severe punishments for Apple for colluding to fix the prices of ebooks. A short summary: No agency pricing for five years – for ebooks, the App Store and the iTunes store; no 30% commission on in-app sales; must allow linking to outside retail stores.
How do you see it? Is this government intervention into the market too far? Or is it fair and what is required? Read more and leave a comment.

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The rest of the day’s top news:
DOJ, Publishers and Apple Spar (Pub Lunch)
In a “flurry of filings,” the DOJ responded to publisher filings claiming the DOJ’s earlier filings were out of order. (In typical Pub Lunch fashion, some of the weaker points in the filing are highlighted; it’s worth a read.) Meanwhile, Apple filed on where it felt it didn’t get a completely fair trial in the last go-round.
The Week That Was: DOJ, Bezos and WashPo and More (Good E Reader)
DBW and Good E Reader break down what’s going on in the news in this podcast. An entertaining (and informative!) lunchtime listen.
Hachette Strikes Deal With Follett to Sell Into Schools (DBW)
Hachette is the second large publisher in a week to sign such a deal with Follett. The school materials supply company is quickly becoming the go-to source for publishers to reach into schools nationwide.
What the Kids Are Reading (PW)
PW checked in with the top-ten busiest libraries for children this summer to see what librarians say kids are reading.
Entangled Signs Library Ebook Deal With Macmillan (InfoDOCKET)
Romance publisher Entangled will reach library patrons through Macmillan’s ebook lending pilot.
Did You Know… (The Atlantic)
…that NASA has a massive free ebook collection? Start your Kindles, Nooks and iPads.
Why Ebook Sales Are Leveling Off (WashPo)
Because the heavy readers and early adopters are pretty much tapped out, says one commentator.
Android Dominates (WSJ)
In the second quarter, shipments of Android-using devices captured nearly 80% of the market. Apple’s iOS was at about 14%. Publishers: Start thinking about an Android world.
Marketing Resources (DBW)
It’s always a good time to brush up on the basics of marketing and book marketing. We’ve got you covered. And if this resources page isn’t enough, then you need to go to our upcoming conference, the Marketing + Publishing Services Conference & Expo.


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