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Comment: Re:Idiotic Publishers (Score 4, Insightful) 135

by Xebikr (#38379780) Attached to: The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List
Kind of my point. Publishers seem to be terrified of the popularity of ebooks, so they look to make them as unappealing as possible. Price of a product with no shipping, no inventory, and no materials cost is more expensive than the print ones? That stinks of market manipulation and tells me they really don't want ebooks to succeed. Meanwhile, many self-published authors are making bank on an often inferior product because they sell at a reasonable price. Seriously. Publishers need to give customers what they want at a fair price. I think they'd be surprised how much money they'd make.

Comment: Idiotic Publishers (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by Xebikr (#38377332) Attached to: The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List
The reason ebook only books sell better is because they are priced in line with the market for ebooks. The market is clear that the correct price for a bunch of bits that make an ebook is up to ~$4. The traditional publishers are trying to use their monopoly to enforce a dead tree price on a bunch of electrons, and they are being outsold by less rigid authors who want to make money, not maintain control.

Comment: Re:5th Amendment (Score 1) 885

by Xebikr (#37579428) Attached to: Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure
What do you think separates us from 'them'? This killing was against the laws of the United States and as such was murder. The 5th amendment is what protects you, and any time the government disregards its own laws, you should be afraid.

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

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