Nilay Patel breaks down the Department of Justice's price-fixing case against book publishers and Apple.
It appears that the government has quite a case, as Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins have all quickly settled. Apple and the others appear to be in for the long haul, so we'll see how they respond in the coming weeks.
Much has already been said; especially over whether it's in the public interest for the Apple/publisher deal to get blown up given the presumed potential for Amazon World Domination.
The New York Times' David Streitfield reports that the book world is quaking at the prospect of Amazon being able to set prices.
Traditional publishers seem set up to lose in any case, though, because they have no leverage over the distributors other than to withdraw from their marketplaces. Amazon offered them $10 ebooks. Apple offered them $13/$15 ebooks. But they're both indifferent, and will eventually find a way to leave ebook pricing to optimization by the invisible fist, whose preference for $3 impulse buys, or whatever Amanda Hocking is selling them for, is already reflected in the average price of apps.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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