A senior executive at Apple has admitted to a New York court that deals it made with publishers caused a rise in the price of e-books. The case, being heard at district court in Manhattan, is being brought by the Justice Department in an attempt to prove that the artificially inflated digital book prices.
Electronic books are all the rage, and they're improving in leaps and bounds--they're definitely one future for publishing. But there's an inescapable fact about the devices: they simply aren't real books. They don't have the look, the feel or the paper pages, and they don't have that new book smell. Until now.
Mark Coker of Smashwords became the leader of indie e-book writers--including some with dirty minds--in a fight against censorship and PayPal. He also has strong feelings about the DOJ's e-book pricing lawsuit.
If e-books are the future, are libraries the past? Brick and mortar book-lenders haven’t gotten on the e-book bandwagon because publishers make digital rights too expensive. Maybe we can help them out.