The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight
Andrew Richard Albanese
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Little did Apple know when it introduced the iPad in 2010 that it would be setting itself up to land in federal court on price-fixing charges. This blow-by-blow account charts how five of America’s six largest publishers, afraid that bookselling powerhouse Amazon's $9.99 price for Kindle e-books would undermine the industry, spent a few frantic weeks in early 2010 deep in negotiations with Apple to introduce a new business model for e-books, just in time for the launch of the iPad and the iBookstore. The catch is, a federal judge deemed their actions illegal. From Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Richard Albanese comes the story of how the e-book business changed in a heartbeat. Updated with new information after the verdict and based on voluminous evidence gathered for Apple's trial, it is the story of how corporate titans fought it out behind the scenes and why the case matters to anyone who has ever bought an e-book.
Fantastic review of an important case
The Apple price-fixing case isn't discussed much in the publishing industry these days--quite bit surprising considering that it was so recent. It also sheds interesting light on the Amazon-Hachette dispute. This is an eloquent, objective and high-level look at this high profile case. If you don't understand the Amazon-Hachette disputes, or you don't know why Apple isn't yet a major player in the e-books business, read this book.
An informative page-turner
This book was absolutely fascinating from start to its quick finish. The author had a very informative but easy to follow tone and gave plenty of insight and detail into the game-changing case. Well worth the 2$, maybe even 7-8!