Gruber is now taking Google money and pimping its apps, in addition to more self-congratulatory noise about "Vesper," a very boring solution in search of a problem. I think I'm going to stop reading him as well -- I don't give a rat's ass about the Yankees either. John, people don't follow you on Twitter for your latest musings on Derek Jeter or sports in general.
Nowhere was it mentioned that Judge Koh suggested bumping up the settlement to $380M from $324M or whatever.
Typical Bloomberg. And if principle isn't a factor - it's "pocket change"
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Amazon is seeking a monopoly in the guise of near term "lower prices" for consumers. It's great to see push-back on this aspiring monopolist. Now, Disney is pushing back against Amazon. I've stopped buying on Amazon myself.
Good call, Mercel.
Here's Hachette's Boss's repsonse:
Thank you for writing to me in response to Amazon’s email. I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write. We usually don’t comment publicly while negotiating,but I’ve received a lot of requests for Hachette’s response to the issues raised by Amazon, and want to reply with a few facts.
Hachette sets prices for our books entirely on our own, not in collusion with anyone.
We set our ebook prices far below corresponding print book prices, reflecting savings in manufacturing and shipping.
More than 80% of the ebooks we publish are priced at $9.99 or lower.
Those few priced higher—most at $11.99 and $12.99—are less than half the price of their print versions.
Those higher priced ebooks will have lower prices soon, when the paperback version is published.
The invention of mass-market paperbacks was great for all because it was not intended to replace hardbacks but to create a new format available later, at a lower price.
As a publisher, we work to bring a variety of great books to readers, in a variety of formats and prices. We know by experience that there is not one appropriate price for all ebooks, and that all ebooks do not belong in the same $9.99 box. Unlike retailers, publishers invest heavily in individual books, often for years, before we see any revenue. We invest in advances against royalties, editing, design, production, marketing, warehousing, shipping, piracy protection, and more. We recoup these costs from sales of all the versions of the book that we publish — hardcover, paperback, large print, audio, and ebook. While ebooks do not have the $2-$3 costs of manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping that print books have, their selling price carries share of all our investments in the book. This dispute started because Amazon is seeking a lot more profit and even more market share, at the expense of authors, bricks and mortar bookstores, and ourselves. Both Hachette and Amazon are big businesses and neither should claim a monopoly on enlightenment, but we do believe in a book industry where talent is respected and choice continues to be offered to the reading public.
Once again, we call on Amazon to withdraw the sanctions against Hachette’s authors that they have unilaterally imposed, and restore their books to normal levels of availability. We are negotiating in good faith. These punitive actions are not necessary, nor what we would expect from a trusted business partner.
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mercel: It's been a long strange trip - good to see you're still around (and in AAPL -my assumption).
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Zeke: Long time no see. Nice to see familiar names still here.
Mar 25, 2019 14:42:52 GMT -5
sponge: Regarding the future of VR, I think it will be huge. I was a gamer when I was in college. But as an adult I lost interest. Last fall I flew up to visit my son at college and check out his new Vive set up. After playing with it for the weekend, I was
Apr 29, 2018 15:25:17 GMT -5
galleybob: thanks for your answer. I will copy and send to her
Nov 7, 2017 15:32:18 GMT -5
rickag: So since Jan 28th 2015 AAPL is up from 117.27 to 157.21
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artman1033: VXAPL = 29.21 AAPL = $117.27 AFTER EARNINGS
Jan 28, 2015 14:54:46 GMT -5
artman1033: VXAPL = 44.94 AAPL = $110.39 BEFORE EARNINGS
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