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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Ebook Wars Continue

Ebooks are providing a very interesting drama today, due at least in part to the dislocations in major industries due to technological change and the rise of a truly mobile, online 24/7 global culture. Judge Denise Cote recently rejected a motion to dismiss antitrust charges against Apple and major book publishers - so the cases go on.

For anyone around in the 1980s when MPEG, JPEG and other standards and industry changes were in play, watching this ebook saga is particularly interesting since back in the 1980s the stakes weren't as immediate and the 'deals' were worked behind closed doors at very initial stages of what was then called multimedia. Today, perhaps due to the arrogant attitudes of JP Morgan exes and others who feel above the fray, companies and individuals are amazingly (and arrogantly) open about their intentions and efforts to grab power and dominance. Check out the Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs bio for some amazingly open comments on Apple's efforts to control markets.

An article I wrote on some of the latest twists and turns to the ebook story have been published in the May SEARCHER magazine as "The Ebook Wars - Amazon Versus the Rest" and it was posted publicly. You might want to give it a good look.

And....keep tuned in, this story is far from over.

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