The real villain in the ebooks case isn’t Apple or Amazon — it’s publishers’ addiction to DRM


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After much back-and-forth, a verdict came down on Wednesday in the Apple (s aapl) ebooks case: a judge found the company guilty colluding with five of the big six major book publishers in a scheme designed to inflate prices. The publishers (all of whom settled with the government before the trial) have tried to argue in the past that they were forced to cut a deal with Apple because of Amazon’s (s amzn) monopoly — but when it gets right down to it, the real culprit is the DRM lock-in that the publishers themselves pushed for. In effect, they forged the chains that bound them to Amazon in the first place.

My GigaOM and paidContent colleagues Jeff Roberts and Laura Owen have written about the details of the judgement itself, and also about the potential impact on Apple and the ebook business as a whole, but what really interests…

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Article: Amazon Acquisitions


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the history of Amazon’s acquisitions since 1998 and ponders what may be next.

For more visit:
http://blog.softwareadvice.com/articles/retail/who-will-amazon-buy-next-0713/

Article: Apple Looses Ebook Price Fixing Case


The links below are to articles reporting on Apple loosing the ebook price fixing lawsuit

For more visit:
http://www.digitopoly.org/2013/07/10/apple-found-guilty-of-price-fixing-initial-thoughts/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/10/apple-guilty-ebook-prices-trial
http://www.mediabistro.com/appnewser/judge-rules-against-apple-in-ebook-collusion-case_b38268
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/10/antitrust-apple-plot-publishers-ebook
http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/07/10/loss-leaders-predatory-pricing-and-why-amazon-isnt-the-defendant-today/
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/judge-rules-that-apple-led-conspiracy-to-fix-ebook-prices_b73870

Article: The Open Library and Copyright


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the Open Library (part of the Internet Archive) and how it appears to be violating copyright rules.

For more visit:
http://www.teleread.com/copy-right/the-internet-archives-open-library-is-violating-authors-copyrights/