Originally Posted by mr ploppy
Define lose. Personally I would see lots of different retailers existing as a good thing. It would allow specialisation of the same kind that we used to have in real shops in the UK before we got conned into thinking "competition" was good for consumers. Look how that one ended. A handful of books in grocery shops to choose from. But as long as they're cheap, yeah?
Consumers lose because retailers are not allowed to offer a discount. If Amazon/Apple/Kobo/Nook/Sony/Google want to offer 20% discount (from its 30% cut), why can't they?
How would you like it if Hollywood studios control the final price of Blu-Ray/DVD? (prices would be the SAME whether it is Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, FYI etc...)
Personally I would see lots of different retailers existing as a good thing.
These will be major competitions for ebook selling:
Why worry? There are lots of different retailers for ebook.
Direct Selling from authors
Do you think that these companies would stop selling ebooks? Is 30% commission essential for their ebookstore?