Comments on: What’s bad for publishers is great for readers Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: WeWereWallSt Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:34:05 +0000 Jack, you managed to divert attention from Apple’s big news yesterday, their threat to the textbook industry. The photo above says it all.

As we’ve said elsewhere, somebody should stop these “innovators” before they destroy another industry without asking anybody. Killing business people’s cell phone companies, Nokia and RIM, is one thing. Killing the companies that educate our children is quite another.

Kids need iPads instead of books about as much as they need to play video games instead of sports. Being one click away from Facebook, Twitter, et al when you’re supposed to be learning math is a formula for continued deterioration of American educational achievement.

These guys aren’t in it for society, they’re in it for the sales.

Someone should put the kibosh on this before the textbook companies are dead and buried. It’s frightening to think that disciples of Steve Jobs might control what our kids see.

We agree with you on other books though. And it sounds like our collection of Sports Illustrated is to us what your Wired is to you. We just want them to not kill the text book publishers.

By: dgurr Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:01:26 +0000 Dear Mr Shafer
In your brave new world of a Publishing dualopoly — Amazon and Random House (Bertelsmann) — who will publish the books which a future ardent reader / collector such as your current self obtains so cheaply and easily and happily today? The relentless Giant-killing-off-by-acquisition of established Names of Houses that brought you the books you now love, is murdering the works and hopes of future writers before they leave their laptops. And although I believe this tragic forecast with all my heart, I don’t know why I have wasted the time to set it down. The tragedy of the death of books will only be recognised after the final act. Good luck with your ebook of Twitterfeeds.

By: RAMadigan Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:27:18 +0000 Great for readers, bad for publishers, but even worse for authors. The EULA for the latest iBooks software is so over the top and restrictive that no professional author in his or her right mind should ever use it. Essentially, they (Apple)are asserting right of ownership over not only its software, but also the software’s output. Publish any e-book or manuscript using their software, and that’s it, you’re done. Your intellectual property is essentially now theirs. You can’t distribute your work through any other entity but Apple, and even worse, Apple can decide not to allow any distribution at all (even by Apple itself).