Defending the Apple way

The crux of the government's case against Apple is that it acted as the "ringmaster" of a conspiracy among the publishers to raise the price of ebooks above what Amazon was selling them for. But what the government calls a conspiracy in restraint of trade, Apple calls standard operating procedure for entering a concentrated media market.…

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Ebook Bestsellers Breakdown: October 26, 2012

This weekly feature (back after a brief hiatus) looks at the books that are selling better in digital format than in print. This week’s picks: Two books from self-published author Michelle Leighton, who's just signed a deal with traditional publisher Penguin.…

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Amazon’s disruptive timing

The synchronous timing of the court's approval of the settlement agreement between the government and a group of publishers in the e-book price-fixing case, and the Amazon's news conference to unveil the new Kindles was obviously coincidental. But it couldn't have been more fitting had Jeff Bezsos been able to arrange it all himself.…

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Ebook Bestsellers Breakdown: Apple gives books a boost

This weekly feature examines certain ebooks’ paths to bestseller-dom, and highlights bestselling titles on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists that are selling more copies in digital than in print. Featured this week: R.L. Mathewson's "Playing for Keeps" and "Perfection."…

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