How I Think Amazon / Hachette Will Play Out

To me, it’s this simple…Back before Amazon, a publishing company like Hachette had a nice, comfortable business relationship with retailers like Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc…Things hum along, and Hachette had a comfortable time “setting” prices through the retailer.That should have been Barnes, Borders etc… actually setting the prices, and at times they DID “set” the price… on physical material…

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Readers United (Statement from the Amazon Books Team)

Perhaps channeling Orwell’s decades old suggestion, Hachette has already been caught illegally colluding with its competitors to raise e-book prices. So far those parties have paid $166 million in penalties and restitution. Colluding with its competitors to raise prices wasn’t only illegal, it was also highly disrespectful to Hachette’s readers. The fact is many established incumbents in the industry have taken the…

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Why Amazon Is Not A Monopoly (Yet)

This Amazon and Hachette negotiation has people all wound up in a tizzy. Some, who seem to “side” with Hachette in these negotiations (NOTE:  there are NO sides, this isn’t a “war” except in the media), trot out the following line (or some variation of it): Amazon is a monopoly, so watch out, they are going to take over the…

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