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April 11, 2012



David wrote: Once a customer has their [sic] ereader in customer's hand they have an exclusive monopoly on electronic delivery to the customers [sic] reader.

This is simply not true. I have downloaded books from sites other than Amazon. These books are in the mobi format. Even the Gutenberg Project has books in the format used by both my Kindle and the Kindle App which I use on my iPod Touch.

There is also a free computer application called Calibre which can convert epub and pdf format books to Kindle format, thereby bypassing Amazon completely.


Insofar as Apple and the publishers weren’t selling scarce necessities such as food and water, and since no one put a gun to any e-book buyer’s head, I can’t help but wonder, who was hurt by this alleged collusion?

So folks may have paid a few more bucks for a book ot two, so what? (Are ObaMao administration redistributionists the only ones who are to be allowed to take more money from the well-heeled?) Does Eric Holder want authors and publishers to starve and be forced to abandon their industry? Who will write and publish books for the reading public then?

Though some may feel a little schadenfreude vis-à-vis Apple and the late Steve Jobs, who never hesitated to sue or threaten litigation against competitors, it's difficult to see this whole thing as anything other than misguided populist politics in an election year (see the rest of the Obama campaign). And if the innovative icon Jobs were still alive, the government almost certainly would have held off pursuing this lawsuit at least until after the election, if at all.

DOJ’s anti-trust division these days behaves as though it were the early 20th century. Perhaps it's time to start calling it the anti-capitalism division.


“... we are going to work to ensure the eBook market is open once again to fair competition.”

There was never an open market. Before the change to an agency model Amazon had a practical monopoly on ebooks, selling them below cost and advertising the prices as a low cost alternative next to the traditional pulp and paper books to generate a market for the kindle. Once a customer has their ereader in customer's hand they have an exclusive monopoly on electronic delivery to the customers reader.

The agency model created more competition and adequate prices.

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