Originally Posted by coase
Although the article talks mostly about the Kindle, the issues raised are quite relevant to all ebook readers. This sort of short-sighted thinking on the part of publishers won't work in the long run and will only serve to fracture the market further. Sadly, Sony doesn't seem to have Amazon's foresight in trying to drive the market to a new place by subsidizing ebooks and forging alliances with major publishers to issue Sony versions at reduced prices.
Alas, Sony can't afford to subsidize ebooks. Neither do they have the clout Amazon has over publishers. Remember, Amazon also sells paper books and not just ebooks. They've got considerably more bargaining power than Sony.