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Court Ruling Highlights Huge Roadblock To Reselling Digital Content

Even though huge online players like Amazon and Apple are working on ways to provide users a marketplace to resell “used” digital downloads like mp3s and e-books, neither plan really deals with the most salient problem with reselling digital products — getting rid of the original copy. [More]

If the settlement is approved, MacMillan will no longer be able to set its own retail price for e-books.

MacMillan Agrees To Refund $20 Million Over E-Book Price-Fixing Claims

And another one bites the dust. After refusing to join in an earlier settlement with three other publishers accused of colluding with Apple to fix prices on e-books, the folks at publishing biggie MacMillan have decided to settle with the U.S. Dept. of Justice for $20 million. [More]

An Amazon rep tried to claim that the e-tailer has no control over the prices it charges.

Amazon Lies To Customer, Says Company Doesn’t Set Its Own Prices

It’s one thing to tell a customer “no” when he asks for a price-reduction. It’s another to outright lie to try to avoid looking bad in the situation by blaming the manufacturer for your inability to offer the lower price. [More]

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Amazon To Kindle Customers: If & When E-Book Settlement Is Approved, You Might Get A Refund

It sometimes feels like the price-fixing settlement between e-book publishers and the government has been stretching on for forever. But it now seems Amazon is prepping Kindle customers for a potential, partial refund if they bought e-books between April 2010 and May 2012. That is if the court approves the settlements in various states. [More]

Barnes & Noble, Amazon Know Which Sections Of Fifty Shades Of Grey You’re Reading Over And Over

Barnes & Noble, Amazon Know Which Sections Of Fifty Shades Of Grey You’re Reading Over And Over

While anyone with a Kindle or Nook knows they can download e-books from the Internet, not everyone is mindful of the fact that they are also sending information back to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (or Google, or Apple). It’s not just so that you can switch between your e-reader, laptop, phone and tablet without losing your bookmarks and notes; it’s also so that these e-book sellers can share this information with the publishers of the books you’re reading. [More]

Barnes & Noble Says Government’s Proposed Settlement Would Hurt E-Book Buyers

Barnes & Noble Says Government’s Proposed Settlement Would Hurt E-Book Buyers

Barnes & Noble isn’t down with what the Justice Department is selling in regards to a proposed settlement in the e-book price fixing lawsuit involving several book publishers. B&N says if the settlement goes through it will hurt not only the company, but consumers as well. [More]

Judge Cites Steve Jobs' Own Words In Refusing Dismissal Of E-Book Suit

Judge Cites Steve Jobs' Own Words In Refusing Dismissal Of E-Book Suit

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ words came back to haunt the electronics company today. Its attempt to have a judge dismiss charges of e-book price-fixing were refused, in part because of things Jobs said during his time with Apple. [More]

Apple Willing To Stand Trial On E-Book Price-Fixing Allegations

Apple Willing To Stand Trial On E-Book Price-Fixing Allegations

Even though three of the publishers accused of colluding with Apple to fix prices on e-books have already settled with the Dept. of Justice, the electronics giant continues to assert its innocence and wants the opportunity to answer the charges in court. [More]

Apple Insists They're Totally Not Fixing Any E-Book Prices

Apple Insists They're Totally Not Fixing Any E-Book Prices

In the midst of a lawsuit from the Department of Justice, Apple is all, “What? Who? Us? Price fixing e-books? No! Never!” They issued a statement saying they weren’t involved in conspiring with major publishers to set the price of e-books in an agency model, and that anyway, agency models are a benefit to the industry. [More]

DOJ Agrees On E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement With Three Publishers

DOJ Agrees On E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement With Three Publishers

Only hours after filing suit against Apple and six book publishers over allegations of e-book price-fixing, the Justice Dept. said has agreed on settlement terms with three of those publishing companies — HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette. [More]

DOJ Reportedly Close To Deal That Would Lower E-Book Prices

DOJ Reportedly Close To Deal That Would Lower E-Book Prices

Ever since Apple got into the e-book business, publishers have been determining their own prices for titles, meaning that e-books, in spite of having minimal overhead costs, are often sold for higher prices than their print counterparts. But it looks like the Justice Dept. antitrust investigation into this so-called “agency pricing” model is nearing an end — and may result in more affordable e-books for everyone. [More]

Harry Potter Series Arrives In E-Book Format To The Delight Of Wannabe Wizards

Harry Potter Series Arrives In E-Book Format To The Delight Of Wannabe Wizards

Perhaps lugging around a thick paper copy of any of the seven books in the Harry Potter series has deterred you from indulging in a re-read, or even attempting a first go at the books. But starting today, J.K. Rowling’s novels involving the world of wizards are available in e-book format. [More]

Department Of Justice Joins E-book Pricing Probe

Department Of Justice Joins E-book Pricing Probe

The U.S Department of Justice has joined its counterparts in the European Union in looking into the pricing of e-books. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed that the agency’s probe was concerned with the possible “anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales.” [More]

European Officials Investigate Possible E-Book Cartel Involving Apple

European Officials Investigate Possible E-Book Cartel Involving Apple

In a page ripped from the script of Scarface, except switch out drugs for e-books and Tony Montana for Apple, European Union anti-trust officials are looking in to whether five publishers of e-books have colluded with the makers of the iPad, offering them lower book prices than they do for everyone else. [More]

When It Comes To Kids, Parents Pick Paper Over E-Books

When It Comes To Kids, Parents Pick Paper Over E-Books

We might be living in a digital world, but it seems paper children’s books still hold sway for parents over e-books. Because really, picture that lovely iPad touch screen with apple sauce fingerprints on it. [More]

Is Amazon Working On A Cheap Smartphone?

Is Amazon Working On A Cheap Smartphone?

Analysts at Citibank report that, based on their “supply chain channel” research, they believe Amazon is following up on its low-priced Kindles with a smartphone, which could be released next year. They speculate that Amazon could sell the phone at a loss, and presumably make up the difference by selling e-books, music and other digital media to mobile customers. [More]

Report: Apple Tells Sony It Can't Sell E-Books Through Its App

Report: Apple Tells Sony It Can't Sell E-Books Through Its App

The battle over the e-book market has just gotten a little nastier. According to Sony, Apple is now telling some application developers that they can not create apps for the iPad and iPhone that would allow users to purchase content — or even be able to access content — that isn’t sold through its App Store. [More]

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

There was a time when many of us got our videos at Blockbuster after shopping for a Sony Discman at Sears, all while talking on our Motorola phone. All of these companies have had their glory days, but now they’re on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of 10 Companies That Have Lost Their Edge. [More]