While CBS maintains that CNET’s news is independent, there is no word on how CBS influences the reviews and whether positive reviews or negative reviews are changed based upon corporate interests of CBS.
The next time you read a CNET review, you may want to look to see if the product is being sued by CBS!The Verge
How Apple sets its prices – Wonder why Apple products are rarely discounted? Apple uses the carrot and stick approach. The carrot is that resellers who advertise the products at or above a certain price receive monetary incentives. The stick is that the margin on apple products, if used as a loss leader, would be so low as to abrogate profit. Additionally, most price maintenance agreements will result in termination if the retailer violates the suggested retail price too often.
Would publishers be able to implement this? One of the suggestions on the DOJ suit ruling by Judge Cote was that if the retail brick and mortar stores were so important to publishers then maybe they should invest it those stores. Penguin has done that by inserting Penguin kiosks into stores and Pearson, its parent, has bought into the digital arm of Barnes & Noble.
But could publishers offer a monetary incentive to retailers to not discount? Probably not. Amazon wouldn’t eschew that and continue to discount and its not likely that the other retailers would see the loss of traffic made up by monetary incentives from the publishers. Macworld
‘The Bachelor’: See Kristy’s winning Harlequin cover, and the three runners-up – Kristy is the winner of the Harlequin + Bachelor cover shoot (and while I DVR’ed it, I haven’t watched the episode yet). None of the covers shot during the Bachelor will ever make it onto a cover but Kristy will be on three covers to be determined in the future. I did think that the cowboy cover was far too racy for any of the Harlequin books I’ve seen. EW.com
This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it – Gene Rosen gave a lot of interviews following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. The topic was about the six little schoolchildren that he found at the end of his driveway who had escaped the school. He gave them juice and a snack and called their parents.
Now he’s being accused of being part of a conspiracy, that the Sandy Hook events never actually occurred. Someone posted a photo of his house online and there are defamatory and hyberbolic messages being spread about him on the internet. Salon.com
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.
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