An appeals court yesterday affirmed Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 verdict finding Apple guilty of violating antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix ebook prices. The majority opinion in the two-to-one ruling finds Cote’s judgment in the case “amply supported and well-reasoned.”
But a dissent from the third judge on the panel lays the groundwork for Apple to appeal a final time, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Dennis Jacobs writes that “Apple was a major potential competitor in a market dominated by a 90 percent monopoly and was justifiably unwilling to enter a market on terms that would assure a loss on sales or exact a toll on its reputation.”
Many expect Apple to take a cue from Jacobs’s opinion and let the highest court in the land have the final say—before the tech company starts having to pay customers some $400 million worth of settlements credits.
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Apple Tweaks iBooks App with iOS 8 Update (Ink, Bits & Pixels)
In what’s expected to be the last update to iOS 8 before it rolls out version 9 of its operating system, Apple makes a number of changes to iBooks, including adding support for digital textbooks built using iBooks Author and for playing digital audiobooks inside the iBooks app.
Great Expectations for New Barnes & Noble Site (Diginomica)
Barnes & Noble prepares to roll out a revamped e-commerce website that will bring BN.com and the Nook store into closer alignment. The bookseller says that will create more back-end efficiencies and improve the user experience for customers. The question now is how much the relaunch will impact Barnes & Noble’s bottom line.
Traditional Publishers Unthreatened by Indies (The Shatzkin Files)
Reporting on recent conversations among established publishers about the changes posed by self-publishing and indie ventures, Digital Book World Conference Chair Mike Shatzkin says a remark by one literary agent captures what seems to be the prevailing sentiment today: “Four years ago, indie publishing had us quaking in our boots,” the agent said. “We really wondered whether our whole business model would be upended. We don’t worry about that anymore.”
Building on Ebooks, Amazon Expands into Mexico (TechCrunch)
After starting with just a Kindle Store geared toward Mexican customers in 2013, Amazon now launches a full site, Amazon.com.mx, that makes a much wider retail offering available in the country.
Pinterest Wants a Bigger Place in Publishing (The Bookseller)
Pinterest says it’s a “visual tool” as opposed to a social network, and misconceptions among book marketers about how the platform actually works as a means for connecting with readers is still limiting its role in the industry. But used right, one leader at Pinterest says it’s a natural fit, and explains how.
Related: Social Media Marketing…In Brief
Piloting New Model, Canelo Launches Inaugural List (The Bookseller)
The new UK-based independent ebook publisher announces the first titles it will release, starting next week. Under Canelo’s agreements, authors receive five-year licenses, 50–60% of royalties and no advances. The publisher is providing a slate of digital marketing services, including support with author websites, as well.
Ebook Market Hits $1 Billion in Japan (Ink, Bits & Pixels)
Recent research finds ebook sales in the country grew by 35% in 2014, and the market now stands at an estimated US$1 billion. Analysts say that growth is set to continue.
Amazon to Bring Cloud Services to India (TechCrunch)
After adding localized cloud computing services in China last year, Amazon now makes plans to significantly expand its cloud business in India, where both tech start-ups and major e-commerce player (and in some cases competitors) are in ever greater need of cloud services.
Misremembering David Foster Wallace (Vulture)
One commentator writes that the author’s reputation and has undergone a strange and perhaps troubling transformation since his suicide seven years ago. Wallace, in this view, “slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him.”