Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled a lawsuit about price fixing of e-books. Penguin and Macmillan have yet to settle. Random House was apparently not part of the suit. I don’t expect to receive much back because most of the books I buy are Penguin, Macmillan or Random House. However, I feel that, if nothing else, it is a moral victory for the e-book buyer.
Publishers claim that it is as expensive to publish e-books as dead-tree books. Seriously? Paying the author costs the same. It’s already an electronic file. Programs have been created to change from one e-reader format to another, so there’s no additional charge there for the e-books. DTBs require paper, printing, binding, shipping — things e-books do not require. So if the authors are not getting more money from sales of e-book but the price for the consumer is higher, where does the money go?
So what this means to me personally, in the short term, is very little.But whatever credit I get to my account will be greatly appreciated.
My poor Vishous is struggling, the digital equivalent of coughing up a lung. I wonder if the new CPR method out of University of Arizona will help him at all. I’m hoping I can help my baby limp along a little while longer.