This week Porter Anderson sets up an #EtherIssue discussion on the market implications of bargain-basement book prices and looks at Kobo’s fight for Agency.
The Bookseller reported last week that HarperCollins and Hatchette UK have become the first British publishers to refine the agency model agreement with Amazon co.uk.
Agency pricing is all but dead and in the UK its aftermath has taught the industry with some hard lessons. It left many fearing even greater dominance by Amazon.
Do you believe, on balance, that has agency pricing ultimately done long-term damage to the book business? Or was it a necessary experiment that was worth the costs?
Marcelino Elosua, head of LID Publishing, has written an open letter to the DoJ on why their antitrust suit against Apple and the Big Five should be withdrawn.
The London Book Fair is buzzing about alleged e-book price collusion under the agency model. But is this just a result of two colliding worlds?
Digital has disrupted scholarly publishing too, according to the 4th ALPSP International conference, organized by the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers.
A lawsuit filed in California today accuses Apple of price fixing related to its agency model. Damages being sought could add up to tens of millions of dollars.
Chad Post, the publisher of Open Letter Books, explains why his company decided to sell e-books and price them at $4.99.
By Edward Nawotka At the end of today’s lead story surveying UK independent booksellers’ attitudes toward selling e-books, writer Roger Tagholm writes: “Many note that [the agency pricing] model is effectively an e-book NBA (the UK agreement, abolished in 1995, that banned discounting) and that it is this which is providing them with the opportunity.” “I’m struck by the fact …
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