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Old 02-28-2011, 07:57 PM   #16
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Guess they've guaranteed the total number of Random House books downloaded for free in March will increase.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:04 PM   #17
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you are all a far too spoiled bunch :P
in Germany the price-lock is applied to all books in general
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:30 PM   #18
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This is probably a reaction to the iPhone app thing. They probably feel since they might be losing all other stores except iBooks, they need to get on it...
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #19
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you are all a far too spoiled bunch :P
in Germany the price-lock is applied to all books in general
And mandated by law no less. We Spaniards have the same lovelies on top
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:42 PM   #20
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between this news and HarperCollins' library book restrictions, it has been a very depressing week in the ebook world!

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Old 02-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #21
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:53 PM   #22
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"We are looking forward to continuing to work with all our retail partners..."

That's easy to translate: "Customers: turn around, bend over, and think of England."
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #23
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The more I think about it, the more depressing this news is. Are ALL of the major publishers on the agency model now? Then I think ebook prices will go up across the board. Did $12.99 look expensive for an ebook? How about $26.00? I think it could happen.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:23 PM   #24
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It's lovely to see conventional wisdom turned on it's head.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:26 PM   #25
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The more I think about it, the more depressing this news is. Are ALL of the major publishers on the agency model now? Then I think ebook prices will go up across the board. Did $12.99 look expensive for an ebook? How about $26.00? I think it could happen.

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They're making the same mistakes that the music companies made. It'll go the same way as music did for years, but even worse, considering how small e-books are.

I don't buy DRM'd ebooks unless I absolutely must have something in a rush (for class) or they are dirt, dirt cheap (like $.99). DRM destroys the value of anything for me. Even though it's not that hard for me to remove, being a techie of sorts, I'm not willing to support companies that engage in it. This agency price fixing is awful, too.

Vote with your dollars and give them to publishers and storefronts that deserve it.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #26
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Maybe they think there's so much momentum behind ebook adoption that they can't hurt themselves by taking control of pricing and undercutting discounters like Amazon and Kobo. That price control is more important than short term profits (at Amazon's expense, when they subsidize $9.99 pricing). They could be right.

I will not argue that US laws are better or worse than Germany's or Spain's, but we in the US quite expect to shop around for the best price, it forms the basis of our mad consumerism, and so this looks like price-fixing to us (particularly when unlike physical goods, there is no resale market). I guess we'll see if someone will challenge this in the courts here.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:37 PM   #27
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Well, think of all the money we will save. I haven't purchased hardly any ebooks since the publishers started price fixing and Random House was one of the few exceptions.
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note to self -- STOP READING MR because the news completely sucks!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:15 PM   #29
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in Germany the price-lock is applied to all books in general
Honestly, I wouldn't mind the Agency price fixing as much if it was across the boards for all books. Not to say I wouldn't have grumbled a bit, knowing I'd be paying a couple bucks more for books than I did before.

But it's the unfairness of applying this to only ebooks that really ticks me off.

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Old 02-28-2011, 10:19 PM   #30
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Well one more nail in the coffin of the publishing industry. At the moment the physical books are still a big part a book sales in 2-3 years they will be such a small percent of sales that major authors would be willing to sell their ebooks directly and cut out the middle man the publisher.
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