The Morning Coffee – 5 March 2013

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • The 1920s Scheme To Create A National Bookstore Chain (Mike Cane’s xBlog)
  • Amazon execs set to testify in price-fixing case against Apple (paidContent)
  • An Associated Press Lawsuit Threatens News Aggregators (The Brief)

  • Book Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013? (Lindsay Buroker)
  • The Digital Publishing Revolution Is Over (The Scholarly Kitchen)
  • Happy National Grammar Day: Don't Be A Grammar Nazi (Book Riot)
  • Monday News: Amazon v. Indies, round 500 (Dear Author)
  • Len Deighton’s Bomber, the first book ever written on a word processor. (Slate Magazine)
  • Watch Ads, Get Paid: Is This The Future Of Ad-Supported Content? (Forbes)
  • About Nate Hoffelder (11375 Articles)
    Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

    7 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 5 March 2013

    1. The Paid Content link finally explains why Apple isn’t settling: they’re using the discovery process to get inside looks at Amazon’s ebook business.
      More amusingly, Penguin execs are going to be called to testify for the prosecution. We may yet find out how deep B&N was in the conspiracy.

      • Except Cote blocked Apple from looking into Amazon’s files, didn’t she?

        And given that Amazon is not party to this lawsuit I’m not sure why they would be subject to discovery in the first place. That makes little sense.

        • Amazon execs are going to testify on behalf of the DOJ.
          Part of their testimony refers to a meeting where they discussed their possible legal exposure under the price fix among other things. They were also beneficiaries of the Most Favored Nation clause. So Apple is trying to drag them into spotlight, trying to present themselves as just another retailer instead of the hub of the conspiracy.
          Apple wants all the documents of that meeting and others because there were other high level ebooks subjects discussed. Presumably stuff Amazon doesn’t want out in the open…
          possibly ebook sales numbers.
          So far the judge is blocking apple’s fishing expedition.
          They’ll probably push to see how much they can fish and when they’re done, look for a settlement.

          • Yes, but I thought discovery involved the plaintiff/prosecutor and the defendant. I don’t understand hwy the witnesses should have been asked to hand over documents.

            • The DOJ is bringing in Amazon execs to testify along with supporting documents. Apple has the right to access the same documents and execs for cross examination. Of course, DOJ will only use what helps their case and Apple wants other info from Amazon which may help their case. Apple can only use what DOJ/Amazon releases according to the Judge.

            • The defendant *always* asks for overbroad document loads from witnesses. Especially if any are competitors. Partly it is intimidation, partly it is fishing for counters to the testimoney, partly to discredit the witnesses, and partly corporate espionage.
              Everybody does it.
              Judges almost always shoot most of the requests down but it works just often enough that everybody does it. At a minimum it raises the witnesses legal costs.

            • I did not know that. Thanks.

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