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February 17, 2011

Publishing experts take dim view of Apple’s new rules for iPads and iPhones

Filed under: e-tailers — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 10:12 am

Apple may not be able to call the shots with digital books and magazines as it did with music on the iPod, given that some of its publishing competitors are formidable tech firms themselves.

Brian Hobbs exits the Apple store at the Grove shopping center in L.A. with an iPad during its launch in April. Apple has sold nearly 15 million iPads since then, and the device now accounts for close to 90% of all tablets shipped worldwide, according to market research firm IDC. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / February 17, 2011)

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times

Remember how Apple Inc. shattered the music business? Publishers do too — and they don’t want it happening to them.

Since Apple rolled out its iPod music player a decade ago, album sales have dropped by more than half, record stores around the nation have closed, and Apple’s iTunes online store has become the nation’s top music retailer.

Now the Cupertino, Calif., company is taking on the publishing industry with a set of new rules governing how digital publications will be sold on its iPad and iPhone devices. Among them, Apple will take a 30%cut.                   

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December 16, 2010

Mike Shatzkin discusses ways e-book sellers can differentiate

In publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin’s latest blog post, he reflects on the way that changes in the e-book market (most notably agency pricing) and the relatively similar features of most e-book readers (barring the occasional pet peeve or badly-formatted title here or there) mean there is no longer any particular advantage to the reader in buying from one e-book store over another….read more

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