Comments on: Previewing e-books defense: No price-fixing, no harm to readers On the Case Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:42:45 +0000 hourly 1 By: From_California Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:13:18 +0000 Wow! That’s a whole lotta mumbo jumbo, worthy of the $1,000 per hour boys (and girls)! Nothing can be more obvious than that this arrangement brought the prices up up books up to the level of paperbacks. Just go visit Amazon. As people realized that they saved nothing by buying ebooks instead of print books in the case of bestsellers and the top trade books — despite the obvious cost savings in paper, shipping, etc. — many were discouraged to buy ebooks and e readers. And that was the whole idea! Because the publishers can’t possibly dominate a world in which their cost advantages and marketing leverage in print books is undermined by cheap e-books purchased over the internet (often self-published). This has nothing to do with profits on the individual titles — and that’s why they can make these deceptive arguments. It has EVERYTHING to do with keeping ebooks as unattractive as possible and thereby preserving the old system in which they dominate. Perfectly comprehensible and perfectly illegal.