Category Archives: Pricing

The People Of The Abyss

Go look. Just go look. There are no words I can add.

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“You Know What’s Cool?”


Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp

Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown…”

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More Proof The Big Six Of Publishing Are Run By Morons

The PDF of Judge Cote’s ruling [direct PDF link] is filled with comedy gold. You really couldn’t make this stuff up.

Dig it:

1) They let Eddy Cue set the deadline
2) They bought Cue’s “once-in-a-lifetime” schtick
3) They let Apple set price caps
4) They let Apple back them into a corner with MFN
5) They all wound up collapsing like cards and settling

Did any of them ever stop to think?


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A Billion Dollars Isn’t Cool

Peter Thiel Talks About the Day Mark Zuckerberg Turned Down Yahoo’s $1 Billion

The most successful businesses have an idea for the future that’s very different from the present–and that’s not fully valued.

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The Desperate Mood Swings Of John Sargent, Part Two

December 19, 2012: A Message from John Sargent

There are two reasons we decided not to settle. First, it is hard to settle when you have done nothing wrong.

February 8, 2013: A Message from John Sargent

Today we agreed to settle our case with the DOJ. We settled because the potential penalties became too high to risk even the possibility of an unfavorable outcome.


Who didn’t see this coming?

Next up, A Message from Tim Cook.

Remember, kids: Being innocent Crime Collusion doesn’t pay.

Previously here:

The Desperate Mood Swings Of John Sargent

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Angry Birds Overturn The Book Publishing Cart

Rovio announces Angry Birds book app: Live from Frankfurt Book Fair

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company whose “Angry Birds” app has now been downloaded over 1 billion times, announced its first book app, an iOS cookbook app called “Bad Piggies’ Best Egg Recipes,” at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday afternoon.

The print version of the book, which Rovio published last year, goes by the same title, but the app is “not just a book,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Angry Birds CMO. “We took the content from the book, 41 egg recipes, but didn’t want to just take the book, make a PDF and sell it to people. We actually made it a lot more interactive.”

“Bad Piggies’ Best Egg Recipes” is on sale for an introductory price of $0.99 or €0.79 in the iTunes Store and includes step-by-step photo instructions, an egg timer and photos of the finished dishes. Users can also upload their own pictures of the recipes they make. A Chinese-language version of the app, featuring some additional recipes and photos, will be available in the Chinese app store soon.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Why is this such a frikkin big deal?

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The Nine Hundred Million Dollar Book

Click = big

Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics, Volume 135

It’s those battling price bots at it again…


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The Ad-Filled Vision Of Jeff Bezos

New Kindle Fires to Come With Ads

We all discovered that yesterday after the big Bezos pitch. What we find out this morning is something even worse:

What’s more, according to the product page for the Kindle Fire HD there will also be ads on the lower left hand corner of the home screen. So the entire time you use this tablet you will be bombarded with ads.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Everyone has been thinking, “Oh, we can just remove the ads” by some technical method.

I wouldn’t count on that.

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Kill Agency Pricing Dead, Ms. Pozen!

Trust Buster Takes Hard Line As E-Book Probe Continues

Without mentioning Apple Inc. or the five publishers that are the target of the investigation, Sharis Pozen says she won’t hesitate to act against “collusive behavior at the highest levels of companies.”

“Competitors can’t join together and make agreements on price,”
she says in an interview. “We’re going to stop that.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

She has a good record. She stopped the AT&T-T-Mobile merger that worked against the interest of customers and she stopped the “gentlemen’s agreement” among tech companies that worked against the interest of employees.

If she keeps the focus on Agency Pricing being against the interest of readers, Agency Pricing will be dead.

Good riddance to a price-fixing scheme that should have never, ever been enacted.

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1915: How Price Fixing Really Works

Another bit from the 1915 The Square Deal:

Juveniles and those who see themselves as “entitled” have a warped understanding of how prices come about and what pricing means.

In book publishing, the cartel of Agency Model pricing has done more damage to the eBook business, to publishing itself, and to the proper view of pricing, than probably anything else in the past.

Some naifs believe that $9.99 or $12.99 reflects what it “costs” to create one copy of an eBook.

They are wrong.

And those who won’t pay $9.99 or $12.99 are right.

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