In the ongoing spat between Amazon and Hachette over pricing, Amazon has now called for Hachette to simply cut its e-book prices—a move which, it claims, will lower consumer prices on digital titles and provide writers with a larger paycheck at the same time.
Fresh off of settling a lawsuit that accused it of collusion with publishers, Apple is ready to take the money you were planning to give to Amazon but can't. Since Amazon is in a fight with Hachette—the world's largest bookstore and one of the world's largest publishers respectively—and refuses to let customers…
Amazon has been playing dirty in the shadows with publishing house Hachette all month, but now it's openly admitted that it's playing hardball with the company.
Anything's possible when people club together—just look at the UK riots as a really bad example of that. Class-action law firm Hagens Berman's seeking more plaintiffs for its lawsuit against Apple and five publishers over illegal ebook price-fixing.
Several publishers now set their own price for Kindle books, not Amazon. Which often means pricier than what Amazon was charging. And now Amazon says they're adding sales tax on any book where the publisher sets the price.
Bad luck, non-US countries. iBooks won't be available from launch in any country other than the US. That could mean Apple's still to finesse the licensing details with book publishers in each country, or you're just plain out of luck.