In the US, a federal judge in the District Court of Manhattan ruled in the eBook pricing case of United States vs. Apple Inc., et al. The decision, ruled against Apple, said that Apple worked with the 5 major publishers to raise the price of ebooks, thus violating anti-trust laws. Specifically, Apple aimed to undercut Amazon’s ebook market share by creating a pricing scheme that would force Amazon to raise its ebook pricing structure above $9.99 (as reported in Reuters).
Here at the blog, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking on how to talk about this issue.
With the popularity of ebooks, it is likely that changes will be afoot. These changes may affect everything from the speed at which manuscripts are processed, the types of manuscripts that are accepted, and the advances that authors receive.
Many experts believe that publishing companies will also choose to merge, as Random House and Penguin did. Others believe there also may be increased self-publishing. As an editorial in The Nation pointed out, ebooks aim to democratize the reading and publishing process. More people will have access to ebooks due to lower price points and increased format options.
The Scholarly Kitchen addressed the issue, pointing out that the ruling represents how ebooks are a larger part of the market and there is a push to protect consumers.
We’ve love to hear what you think of this ruling, as both authors and readers.
Do you think it will change the way you present your work and consume publications?
Amazon announced yesterday that sales of their Kindle ebooks are far outstripping the sales of their print books.
Since the beginning of 2012, for every 100 hardback and paperback books sold on its UK site, 114 ebooks are downloaded. These figures apparently include sales of printed books which do not have Kindle editions, but exclude free ebooks.
It is important to note that these figures are specific to Amazon.co.uk and don’t factor those print or ebook sales bought anywhere else online or in physical stores. Even so, this upsurge marks a definite shift in the publishing world.