Whether Apple Wins or Loses Their Appeal, The Consumer Still Comes Out Ahead

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With  the Amazon-Hachette dispute settled and DBW not happening until next month, there's a shortage of fireworks in the digital publishing industry at the moment. Apple's brief hearing today helped make up for that lack, but I don't think the show is going to last long or be as favorable for Apple as some would suggest. ...

German Publishers Cave, Grant Google Free Permission to Use Snippets in Search Results

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Google's 4-month-long fight with German news publishers over license fees for search result snippets came to a close today when the publishers threw in the towel. VG Media, the rights management firm which 200 German publishers had intended to use to collect the fees, announced on Wednesday that they would be granting Google a free license to use the snippets, ...

European Booksellers Call for European Commission to Investigate the Amazon Monopoly

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Break out the popcorn; the Amazon v publishing 3-ring circus just launched a new sideshow. PCWorld reported on Thursday that European booksellers are joining the chorus of groups in the UK, US, and Germany which are demanding that Something Must Be Done about Amazon. They are requesting that the European Commission start an investigation into Amazon's supposed monopoly of ...

WSJ: The Authors Guild Met With DOJ in August

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It seems that earlier reports of Amazon crushing the will of the book industry have greatly exaggerated. The WSJ reported Wednesday night that members of The Authors Guild met with the US Dept of Justice in August to complain about Amazon: The Authors Guild, the country's largest advocacy group for writers, met with Justice Department officials in ...

UK Publishers Association Calls for Antitrust Inquiry into Amazon

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Amazon successfully defended their position as lightning rod for discord in the book industry last week. Late last week the Publishers Association put out a press release, announcing that they were asking the UK Competition and Markets Authority to investigate Amazon. Alas, I deleted my link to the press release, so when Authors United announced a similar effort here ...

Agency eBook Pricing Will be Alive and Well in Canada Until at Least May 2015

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The major US trade publishers may have relinquished control of their ebook prices here in the US and in Europe but Canada, well, that is a different story. A comment left on my earlier post (thanks, Anne!) about the Canadian ebook market has revealed that, thanks to an appeal filed by Kobo, said market could be ...

Amazon Sends Out Email Concerning Apple’s Antitrust Settlement

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It's been just over a month since Judge Cote okayed the settlement agreement between Apple and the DOJ over Apple's role in the 2010 conspiracy  to raise and fix ebook prices, and the first legal notices are starting to go out to consumers affected by the settlement. Amazon sent out an email to Kindle customers early ...

German Publishers Lose Antitrust Complaint Against Google

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German publishers suffered a major defeat last week in their campaign to force Google to pay for the use of their snippets. In addition to filing a copyright complaint which demanded 11% of Google's revenues, in June 2014 a coalition of German publishers also filed an antitrust complaint against Google. That complaint was rejected last Friday by the Bundeskartellamt, the ...