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Old 02-25-2013, 07:39 AM   #50
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Originally Posted by fjtorres View Post
I'd love to see somebody try to prove in court that ebook readers and ebooks are totally *separate businesses* and that it should be illegal for one company to do both.
Well they may not be separate legally but they are to me as a consumer. When I first bought an ereader back in 2009 after some research I decided that the Kindle looked like the best device available[*]. However I made sure that it was possible to "unlock" the files because I didn't want to be tied into one supplier. If I couldn't have done that I might have gotten an ADE epub device (which I did later anyway) or I might have just waited a little longer. I see selling devices and selling books as separate businesses in the same way as I see selling DVD players and selling DVDs as separate.

And I never said "it should be illegal to do both". The point about anti-trust/anti-monopoly laws is that things that are acceptable in a market where you're just another player may not be if you've got an overwhelming share of that market.


[*]I'm sure there'll be those that argue it wasn't but that was my conclusion rightly or wrongly at the time.
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