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Wednesday News: Sony Reader releases its iOS App; Britney Spears fiction;...

Sony Reader iOS App

1) Existing agency contracts with Apple will be terminated.

2) Apple will allow any other “major international ebook publisher” to terminate its agency agreement immediately. If the publishers take no action, Apple is to terminate the agreement.

3) The publishers will offer each retailer the option to terminate the agency agreement if the agreement restricts the retailer’s ability to change the price or if the agreement contains an MFN clause. If the retailer does not respond, the publisher must terminate the agreement.

4) For two years, the publishers agree to not restrict the pricing of ebooks by retailers.

5) The aggregate value of the price discounts or promotions offered by any retailer should not exceed the aggregate amount equal to the total commissions the publisher pays to that retailer over a 12-month period in connection with the sale of its e-books to consumers.

There is no monetary rebates mentioned in the Proposed Agreement (PDF).  The Hachette and S&S agency pricing the US should end any day now.

“Kevin Federline’s aunt Diane Story has written an erotic novel “inspired” by the former dancer’s ill-fated marriage to Britney is exclusively reporting.”

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Brian
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 09:32:39

    If anyone with an iDevice is a fan of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series there is a free short story from the series included with the Sony app…

  2. Sylvie
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 10:18:36

    Why do I feel like the price of Amazon Prime just went up? I got a couple of free years (Amazon Mom) then got suckered in. I think I paid $79 last year. This is $96 or thereabouts.

  3. ShellBell
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 10:21:37

    I wouldn’t mind trying the Sony reader but it does not appear to be available for me to download from the app store. Yet another geographical restriction!

  4. Brian
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 10:34:24

    @Sylvie: From everything I’ve read they will still be offering the $79 annual plan for Prime. The monthly is just another option for folks that want to go that route.

  5. Darlynne
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 12:15:19

    @Sylvie: My understanding is that this was aimed specifically at the holiday buying season. It’s a brilliant, if costly, move on Amazon’s part because (a) they have nearly everything and (b) it will all ship for free and (c) you can sign up for November/December and then cancel.

    I am not waving the Amazon flag here, just pointing out the opportunity this represents. Amazon must be betting that satisfaction with Prime overall will translate into annual memberships or even continued month-to-month.

  6. Anne V
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 13:26:07

    @Sylvie: the month to month thing is handy if someone in a family is deployed. You’re not locked into a year of Prime when someone is away for 3-6 months, although I wouldn’t be surprised if people wound up continuing it as @Darlynne describes.

  7. Nadia Lee
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 18:36:09

    @Anne V: Yup. I’d totally subscribe to it for 2-3 months when I go to the States and drop thousands on electronics (laptops and other gadgets) on stores. And the fast shipping and convenience will mean that the most of my money will be spent at Amazon.

    (I rarely buy laptops, etc. in Japan b/c they’re so overpriced… About 50-200% more expensive than the comparable items in the States)

  8. Wahoo Suze
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 22:57:26

    I’m pretty sure I saw a movie on tv that was based on a novel written by Britney Spears. *toddles off to google*

    Yep, Brave New Girl, based on A Mother’s Gift by Britney & Lynn Spears. The movie was actually pretty good, as I (vaguely) recall.

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