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E-readers get a bad rapâ€”probably because there are a lot of illiterate assholes out there who hate reading. For the rest of us totally wicked people e-readers are amazing and Amazonâ€™s rumored announcement of a new e-reader is a cause to celebrate.
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If you own one of Amazonâ€™s pre-2012 Kindles, listen up: thereâ€™s a critical update that you need to install if you want to keep using it, and you must do so before March 22nd.
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Well, the e-book case that began in 2012Â when the US government accused Apple of price-fixingÂ finallyÂ ended yesterdayÂ when the Supreme Court declined to hear Apple’s appeal. That left the original ruling intact, meaning that Apple is officially guilty of anti-competitive behavior and will have to fork out $450M in compensation.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the correct result was reached in law. AppleÂ did deliberately set out to fix prices,Â it did strike secret deals, and it did intend to manipulate the e-book market. Emails from Steve Jobs confirmed the government’s claim that Apple struck the deals in the belief that consumers would end up paying moreÂ for e-books.
Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream ebooks market at $12.99 and $14.99. [Up from the typical $9.99 at the time.]
So far, so good.Â If you’d brought that evidence to me at the time Apple did the deals, I’d have agreed with the government that the company’s behavior was both illegal and morally wrong. ButÂ I’d argue that by the time the case was finally brought to court, it was already abundantly clear that it was not in the public interest to pursue it …
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You donâ€™t own your ebooks with DRM. Youâ€™re merely licensing the privilege to read them. Some readers overseas have learned this the hard way (yet again) now that Nook is going out of business in the United Kingdom. But donâ€™t worry, theyâ€™re working to let you maybe possibly transfer all those books you bought.
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This summer, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Apple violated federal antitrust law by conspiring to fix the price of ebooks. The court called Appleâ€™s price fixing the â€śsupreme evil of antitrust.â€ť Today, the Supreme Court has rejected Appleâ€™s appeal.
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As entertaining as the internet can be, who has time to read all of it? Even employing the services of a read-it-later app such as Instapaper or Pocket can make catching up on articles difficult. What you need is a dedicated reading device, free from social media pings, email alerts, and other distractionsâ€”and thatâ€™s where Amazonâ€™s Kindle comes in.
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