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Old Yesterday, 10:53 AM   #166
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If you remember, the music industry didn't like the fact that most digital music was sold via the iTunes store, so they allowed music to be sold DRM free from Amazon while forcing Apple to use DRM in the iTunes store. They also didn't like the tiered pricing scheme in the iTunes store. The ploy didn't work all that well, and after a year or so, Apple forced them to start selling music DRM free at the iTunes store as well.
The music industry didn't like what Apple was doing and in a desperate attempt, they went to Amazon with a novel solution.

Unfortunately, the publishers didn't like what Amazon was doing and rather than look for a competitor or a novel solution, we got agency. Which means the publishers gain nothing by offering to sell DRM-free books via a competitor.

It would be nice if suddenly both Google Books and Apple Books sold DRM-free books in Kindle format that could easily be transferred by the common user. But I don't see that happening.

In the end, Amazon's Kindle ecosystem seems to be a publisher's best friend when it comes to ebooks.
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Yes, I think we agree.



The music industry didn't like what Apple was doing and in a desperate attempt, they went to Amazon with a novel solution.

Unfortunately, the publishers didn't like what Amazon was doing and rather than look for a competitor or a novel solution, we got agency. Which means the publishers gain nothing by offering to sell DRM-free books via a competitor.

It would be nice if suddenly both Google Books and Apple Books sold DRM-free books in Kindle format that could easily be transferred by the common user. But I don't see that happening.

In the end, Amazon's Kindle ecosystem seems to be a publisher's best friend when it comes to ebooks.
True enough, and as long as Amazon doesn't try to squeeze the publishers, they will remain best buddies.
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True enough, and as long as Amazon doesn't try to squeeze the publishers, they will remain best buddies.
As long as?
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As long as?
Ever since Amazon caved on the agency model, things have been pretty quiet between Amazon and the big publishers. Have you heard anything about Amazon trying to squeeze the big 5?
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Amazon Kindle has made some missteps, such as the Voyage and it's silly cover, but overall the progress has been impressive and affordable.
I had to do a double-take when I read that. I loved my Voyage and I loved the cover. I would still be with Kindle if it hadn't died. However, I discovered that I change hands a lot when I read and I didn't want to be rotating my reader every time so I went back to Nook. So far I am happy. Different things for different readers.
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