Wednesday News: Harry Potter eBooks Legitimately Available
My updates today are brief given my current real life work schedule.
Harry Potter books have been released in digital and audio format. The prices are US $7.99 each for the first three and $9.99 each for the last four. If you buy them direct from Pottermore.com, they are DRM free and in epub format. If you choose to source them through a retailer, the retailers repackage them with DRM. ( Pottermore) You must create an account with Pottermore and actually purchase the books through the site. No one click buy. It’s not super easy but it’s not impossible either.
Interestingly, I think this is an example of pure Agency pricing. Pottermore stores and sources the digital book.
BEA will be opening its doors to the public for one day and only to a select few who obtain tickets. I wondered if it would be tickets found in chocolate bars. If so, I demand one Oopma Loopma per exhibitor.
BEA is going to partner with publishers, local booksellers, and libraries as well as other industry players to make a very limited and exclusive amount of tickets available to BEA for Thursday in 2012. Tickets will be exclusive and present a unique opportunity for tastemakers and passionate readers to get a glimpse behind the curtain.
I’m not sure who Glen Weldon is but he hilariously recreated The Hunger Games at his office. I would be afraid if I was his co workers though. He’s bloodthirsty. Via NPRMonkeySee
Contrary to what some industry insiders suggested earlier this year (article is titled “If This Story Is Right It Shows How Weak the Agency Lawsuits and Investigations Are”) regarding the DOJ’s investigation into alleged collusion by the publishers with Apple over retail price maintenance (aka agency pricing), the Wall Street Journal has come out with another article that contains some harsh words by the government’s antitrust lawyer.
The Justice Department isn’t taking aim at agency pricing itself. The department objects to, people familiar with the case say, coordination among companies that simultaneously decided to change their pricing policies.
“We don’t pick business models—that’s not our job,” Ms. Pozen says, without mentioning the case explicitly. “But when you see collusive behavior at the highest levels of companies, you know something’s wrong. And you’ve got to do something about it.”
I’m sure there are other deals and I promise on Friday I’ll put together a big juicy deals post but for now, content yourself with this pre order price.