Originally Posted by MerLock
Just out of curiosity, how much does Adobe charge to let others access adept?
There a per-year capital fee, but the killer is the per-copy fee. Every book that's sold with Adobe's DRM requires a payment of $0.22 that goes to Adobe.
So - Apple sells a $1 ebook in the iBooks store. Apple gets $0.30, and has to immediately pay $0.22 over to Adobe?
Worse - Apple has a free book in the iBooks store. Apple gets nothing, and still has to pay Adobe $0.22.
Even looking at a more reasonable ebook price, like $3.99, Apple gets $1.20 and has to pay Adobe $0.22.
Apple expects to sell lots of books - no doubt they hope to eventually sell hundreds of millions per year. (Whether they will or not is another matter - that must certainly be their plan over the next five years or so.)
Why pay tens of millions of dollars to Adobe every year, when they have a DRM system of their own?
I just hope the publishers realise that DRM isn't in their interests either, before very much longer.