Tuesday News: digital domestic violence, B&N fires hardware engineers, Canada nixes agency pricing, and Open Road buys E-Reads

Tuesday News: digital domestic violence, B&N fires hardware engineers, Canada nixes...

Roberta Valente, a consultant who works with the Hotline, said laws are struggling to keep up with the changing digital landscape. “This is a new world for legislators,” she wrote in an email. Valente also wrote that those working in the domestic violence non-profit space are hopeful there will be more that can be done from a law enforcement standpoint eventually, particularly with efforts to seriously address cyber-stalking. –Daily Beast

“We’ve been very clear about our focus on rationalizing the NOOK business and positioning it for future success and value creation. As we’ve aligned NOOK’s cost structure with business realities, staffing levels in certain areas of our organization have changed, leading to some job eliminations. We’re not going to comment specifically on those eliminations.” –Business Insider

Some of the more notable points in the Canadian agreement state that for a period of 18 months:

  • The signing publishers cannot restrict an ebook retailer’s ability to set, alter or reduce the retail price of any ebook for sale to consumers in Canada.
  • Publishers cannot restrict retailers’  ability to offer price discounts or any other form of promotions.
  • The publishers cannot enter into a new agreement with any ebook retailer that limits the retailer’s ability to discount ebooks.

And for four and a half years after signing the agreement, the publishers cannot enter into an agreement with an ebook retailer that includes a “most favoured nation” (MFN) clause. An MFN clause means that a retailer is guaranteed the lowest price its competitors are offered. -Digital Book World

E-Reads authors include Harlan Ellison, sci-fi author Greg Bear and mystery author Barbara Parker. Open Road has partnered with other publishers to market their ebooks, but this is its first straight acquisition. The terms were not disclosed. –GIGAOM