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Comment: Re:Laissie Faire?? (Score 1) 192

I think if Apple had not required publishers to sell in other stores at or above the iBookstore prices, this wouldn't be an issue that the DoJ would pursue.

That's not illegal. And this whole thing is absurd because it levels the playing field. Amazon can no longer force publishers into shitty deals, which is what was happening before Apple entered the picture.

Amazon would tell publishers "you will sell to us at this (absurdly low) price, or we won't carry your print book". They are the real predator here.

Starting to look like we're in violent agreement here.

I find it silly that the DoJ has brought this case. But they have, and I'm trying to understand their justification for doing so. The collusion angle is the only one I can come up with that holds any water.

In the ebook market, Amazon is far more dangerous than Apple and the publishers. Accusations have been made that Amazon pays publishers up to $15 for each of those $9.99 Kindle sales. If so, that's dumping to drive competitors out of business, and falls under anti-trust law. It's also why, when buying ebooks, I buy directly from the publisher first, from iBookstore second, and Amazon last. Even if buying from the first two means I pay a bit more.

Other than anti-Apple fanboys

Ah, the fanboy chestnut.

It's only a "chestnut" because people use it to mean "someone who likes something I don't like", which, quite ironically, is almost universally more fanboyish than the person being called a fanboy.

I personally think "fanboy" is a good term (to be a fan of something), but the OSS/Linux/Android crowd perverted it to mean the above.

I make my living writing iOS and Mac OS software. I'm commenting from a Mac Pro with an embarrassing number of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches connected to it. If anything, I can be accused of being an Apple fanboy.

My apologies, I jumped the gun.

No problem. I've just grown tired of fanboy accusations and how that ruins otherwise intelligent discussions.

Comment: Re:Laissie Faire?? (Score 1) 192

I think if Apple had not required publishers to sell in other stores at or above the iBookstore prices, this wouldn't be an issue that the DoJ would pursue.

Other than anti-Apple fanboys

Ah, the fanboy chestnut.

I make my living writing iOS and Mac OS software. I'm commenting from a Mac Pro with an embarrassing number of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches connected to it. If anything, I can be accused of being an Apple fanboy.

Comment: Re:Laissie Faire?? (Score 4, Informative) 192

The DoJ's case alleges that the agency pricing model had a clause where the publisher wouldn't sell their books in other stores for less than they were charging in the iBookstore. If true, this is Collusion, and falls under anti-trust laws. http://definitions.uslegal.com/c/collusion/

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