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(PC Magazine)   EU approves e-book price fixing deal. You can read this thread, but it'll cost $0.99   (pcmag.com) divider line 12
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2012-12-13 01:58:45 PM
Has anyone else noticed since the settlement that e-book prices have dropped? They aren't as cheap as they used to be, but they are cheaper.

Lends a lot of credence to the argument that everybody was colluding to screw over the customer.
 
2012-12-13 03:18:17 PM

Lsherm: Has anyone else noticed since the settlement that e-book prices have dropped? They aren't as cheap as they used to be, but they are cheaper.

Lends a lot of credence to the argument that everybody was colluding to screw over the customer.


From what I can tell there is a still a lot of work left to do when it comes to eBooks.
 
2012-12-13 03:36:44 PM
fark you Penguin. Penguin is one of only two publishers still fighting the DOJ in the US, and the only major publisher still fighting the EU.

(Several Penguin eBooks I want to buy, but they are currently priced at more than the cost of a new paperback version)
 
2012-12-13 04:26:16 PM
The deal: We made them promise not to do it again.

What, no damages? No financial penalty? Oh boy, I'm sure they've learned their lesson...
 
2012-12-13 04:32:48 PM

Lsherm: Has anyone else noticed since the settlement that e-book prices have dropped? They aren't as cheap as they used to be, but they are cheaper.

Lends a lot of credence to the argument
Is proof that everybody was colluding to screw over the customer.


/ftfy
 
2012-12-13 04:59:21 PM
Once again, I will tout BAEN.com for their eBook policy. if you are a SciFi fan.

Hardcover comes out at the regular price, the ebook is a flat $6 from day one. You want the book early, you can by the advanced reader copy for $15. NO DRM.
 
2012-12-13 08:06:00 PM

Gunny Highway: Lsherm: Has anyone else noticed since the settlement that e-book prices have dropped? They aren't as cheap as they used to be, but they are cheaper.

Lends a lot of credence to the argument that everybody was colluding to screw over the customer.

From what I can tell there is a still a lot of work left to do when it comes to eBooks.


If you are in the US, that's the settlement: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409390,00.asp... ""E books consumers should not be forced to wait until after the June 2013 trial to experience the significant anticipated benefits of the decree," the judge wrote."

You have to wait a while before the price changes...

From the link: "More than 90 percent of the 868 comments opposed entry of the proposed final judgment," she said. Some of those comments "were filled with extreme statements," while others were thoughtful, she said. Still, the negative comments were not enough to derail the settlement."

haha, The Judge reads Fark?
 
2012-12-14 01:25:08 AM
My fears came true. People call me "negative" or "pessimistic" but they tend to ignore this shiat and for good reason: they won't be getting a refund and someone made them look really stupid.

This is also why I pirate ebooks and buy real books.
 
2012-12-14 05:16:11 AM
My library lends ebooks. They only have a few thousand, so only a few piqué my interest. If I really want something I can't download from them, I'll either haul my ass down there or order a physical copy from the Book Depository (I know Amazon owns them now, but they have free overseas shipping, something Amazon itself doesn't provide) b
 
2012-12-14 06:50:53 AM

WhiteCrane: Once again, I will tout BAEN.com for their eBook policy. if you are a SciFi fan.

Hardcover comes out at the regular price, the ebook is a flat $6 from day one. You want the book early, you can by the advanced reader copy for $15. NO DRM.


Which is why the majority of my random sci-fi purchases are on Baen

/sucker for ARCs
//will sometimes buy both to see what changed
 
2012-12-15 12:25:40 AM
I prefer library ebooks. Free is better.
 
2012-12-16 02:27:35 PM
Buy the hard copy to add to my library, thus adding to my personal view of wealth, then pirate the ebook copy because it shiuld be provided free with the hard copy. Who the hell in their right mind feels it is o.k. to pay for something twice? No, screw your argument that there are two seperate costs involved. The digital version costs next to nothing to create and is therefore pure profit.
 
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