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No.  There's no regulation that says a publisher has to sell to everyone and they certainly don't have to sell to anyone who doesn't want to pay their wholesale price.      If Amazon wants a 65% discount from list and the publisher only wants to give a 55% discount or the publisher doesn't want to let Amazon print books when they run out of stock and the publisher can't supply additional copies immediately (which is what Amazon is indeed asking for), they don't have to.  ...
OK and if it wasn't from a big hit author, it probably sold somewhere between 5000 and 7500 copies, but let's say it sold 10,000 copies    That's $300,000 gross.   The publisher gets about $150,000.    The author (again assuming it wasn't a famous author) got about $40,000 in royalties and advances.   Let's say it cost $3 per copy to buy the paper, binding and have it printed.     For the remaining $80,000, the publisher had the overhead costs of finding the author/book,...
 Most studio recordings, especially rock, do have little to do with real life, but that's intentional and there's nothing wrong with that.  Art can be made in the studio with electronic devices and use sounds that are different than what you'd hear with either acoustic instruments or "vanilla" electric instruments.   The Beatles stopped touring after 1966 because they were afraid of the crowds and because they were tired of playing for screaming girls who couldn't hear the...
I realize that you're referring to web b.s., but for years, I watched GEICO ads on TV where they claimed to save you "up to 15% or more" and figured they wouldn't save me much of anything.   But after my last insurance increase (which should have been a decrease, since I have no claims and the car is worth less each year), I called GEICO and it cut my insurance bill in half for slightly more coverage!   So you never know.   On the other hand, when I then priced home...
Unless they are able to substantially reduce prices further, the market for the iPod is limited to those people who don't use a smartphone, need another device to play apps and music besides a phone for another household member or don't want the storage limited by email, etc.    As more phone companies adopt data plans which apply to all members of the family but still permit you to purchase a subsidized phone, the iPod becomes moot.   Why pay $200 or more for an iPod when...
Actually, recording engineers (and musicians) have WORSE hearing on average, especially if they've also done live sound mixing as they've damaged their hearing over the years due to monitoring at high sound levels.   I know few musicians who don't have tinnitus.   This is actually one of the reasons so many recordings sound bad as they boost frequencies they can't hear. I'm an ex-recording engineer and I never used headphones in the studio, unlike live radio where we did....
There are many ways to save energy and no one specific right way.   What counts is what a person's total carbon footprint is, not whether they use a dryer or not.   If I didn't use a dryer, clothes would take at least two days to dry and that assumes I would have a place to dry them, which I don't. But on the other hand, I have a small carbon footprint because I live in a relatively small apartment and don't drive very often and I absolutely never have the AC on when I'm...
Bigger pixels do not equal better photos.   But too many pixels in a small space create heat and heat results in noise at high ISOs.   So all things being equal, while higher pixel counts increase resolution, the high pixel density can result in inferior photos, especially in low-light situations, due to the noise, although newer sensors are getting better and better at this.
I think that's ridiculous.   Buyers of Beats simply related to a marketing campaign and/or the product itself and bought what they liked.   It's no different than relating to a car (whether it's a BMW, a Caddy or a tiny electric Smart Car) or just about any other product, including absolutely any Apple product you can name.      I used to buy ties designed by Jerry Garcia.   Did that make me biased?    No, I simply related to and liked the ties and the association.   
Depends upon the size of the building and there are variations depending upon the age of the building.   Some buildings have laundry rooms, as mine does.   It's a 200-unit building and has three rooms.   I like that setup because you can do multiple loads at once.    I've seen a few buildings that have a single washer and dryer on each floor, to be shared by everyone on the floor.   And buildings with larger apartments sometimes have a laundry room within each apartment.  ...
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