Discussing the real issue with the agency model of eBook pricing

There has been a lot of buzz lately with the US Department of Justice probing the agreement between Apple and five top US book publishers as to whether there are anti-trust issues at play.

The history of this situation, is that Apple signed an agreement with Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Harper Collins, Penguin, and Hachette Books for an “agency style” model which would enable them to set their eBook prices and not leave that to Apple. So long as Apple could get their 30% of the proceeds. Amazon buys books from publishers on a the wholesale model, which

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Tablet computers: distraction or enhanced digital reading experience?

I find that attempting to work on my laptop is a challenge to my focusing skills under normal circumstances. Work colleagues are always sending intriguing links that, of course, lead to other links and further discussion and the occasional “oh yes, I saw this other day that I wanted to share … let me find it again” which in turn leads to other tangential distractions. I am the poster child for the digitally distracted.

At the risk of dating myself, I remember when the HP iPaQ was released. I was rabid to get one, and when I did,

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Speaking out against Corporate Censorship

Speaking out against Corporate Censorship

UPDATE #2: Paypal has redefined its position and restricts its newest policy update to specific books which contain graphic images portraying bestiality, rape, or incest and they will not take the blanket action of disabling the individual account and withholding funds. More on CNET and The Verge.

UPDATE: It seems as if Paypal is likely to reverse it’s position this week. At least we are all watching and hoping. More at TechCrunch.

Does anyone reading this remember when Amazon.com removed copies of “1984” from their Kindle library and by extension from the “personal” Kindle library

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