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  1. Lynnd
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 09:02:31

    @Jane: Just to clarify, the cases coming before the Supreme Court of Canada in October are not the lawsuits against the aganecy publishers which were filed in April 2012 in B. C., Ontario and Quebec. However, these cases deal with certification of class issues which are also issues in the cases against the agency publishers. If the Plaintiffs in these cases are ultimately successful in being allowed to pursue their claims, then it is likely that the plaintiffs in the cases against the publishers would also be allowed to proceed which would mean that the publishers would then have to defend the action on its merits rather than trying to get it dismissed on procedural grounds.

    Of interest, I have noted that ebook prices have been steadily rising over the past couple of months in Canada for new releases (where the book is released in hardcover). I saw yesterday that they have listed the new Ken Follett ebook for $21.99 here which makes me wonder what’s going on (are the publishers trying to get evidence to prove that prices were cheaper under agency).

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  2. Darlynne
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 09:37:31

    Maybe LynnD is right and publishers are trying to make new facts to fit their earlier point, that agency was better for readers but we were just too stupid to understand. And pricing to libraries to increase by 220%?

    Publishers: Still crazy after all these years.

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  3. Anne V
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 13:53:34

    At this point, it looks to me like the Barry Diller + Scott Rudin + Atavist deal is potentially good for readers. At least they aren’t displaying the open contempt for the reading population that comes from the big 6.

    I really admire Douglas County Libraries for taking a clear public stand against the big six practices around ebooks w/r/t libraries and for establishing alternate ebook resources for their users.

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