Amazon and Hachette kiss and make up


And now we’re ALL screwed. . .

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Probably outdated stereotypes want to know: Did they bury the hachette?


Point of order: Amazon never “refused to sell” any of Hachette’s books. They just stopped discounting them and stopped carrying an inventory of them in stock so they couldn’t fill customers’ orders until Hachette filled their own order. But Amazon was perfectly happy to let customers order them—unlike when the major publishers illegally imposed agency pricing and it removed Macmillan’s “Buy” buttons in protest.

Nearly a year of Amazon “making it harder to buy books” from Hachette would be more accurate.


If Amazon refuses to sell DRM free ebooks could Hachette legally offer customers a DRM free copy with proof-of-purchase?

If Hachette wanted to sell ebooks without DRM they could just open up their own store (ala TOR) relatively easily. With eBooks there is really no need for a middleman like Amazon or any other bookstore.

You only need a middleman if you wan to add DRM and lock them to specific devices. Consumers aren’t going to buy a different E-Reader for every publisher–believe me, the publishers tried. That’s why you see crazy dance with Amazon, whom the publishers hate with every fiber of their being but are also trapped with since they can’t imagine a world where digital goods are sold without arbitrary customer punishing restrictions.


Amazon don’t refuse to sell DRM-free ebooks.

I am concerned about Amazon’s Walmart like power, but books don’t ‘lock you into their walled garden forever’.

It’s the use case.

Most people don’t re-read books at all.

Nobody reads books on shuffle.

Books take a long time to read, so an app switch is trivial.

Amazon e books are available on all significant platforms.

Music has the power to lock people in because people listen to lots of songs in quick sequence. And re-listen a lot.

Apps have the power because they are often locked to an os and therefore to some hardware and because you put your data into them.

Books just don’t.

Talk to the people whose copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four were vanished along with their own notes. It’s also insanely short-sighted to be okay with not being able to export the stuff you paid for to another device. I’m sure the creators of the 8 inch floppy thought you’d always be able to read them easily as well.

Music locks people in? Only through laziness or subscription. itunes downloads are DRM free.

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