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 Don't be silly. Just compare the ebook price to the paper book price. Compare the prices among platforms. The cost of producing each printed copy is necessarily higher than each copy of an ebook. The front end costs (editing, layout, paying the author, etc.) are the same. If the prices are in the same general range (and they usually are), then it's reasonable to conclude that they're not being sold below cost. Where is your evidence to back up your claim that they are...
 It's a guestimate (see the word "maybe") based on the number of ebooks Amazon has available plus the fact that Amazon actively advertises the "below cost" specials. Specials / Number Available = Percentage Edited to Add: I just checked Amazon's Kindle Books page. It says they currently have 2,501,582 Kindle books available. Their "Big Deal" page (defined as 85% off, likely below cost) lists 504 books. That means they are (assuming the publisher isn't giving a discount)...
 Direct observation. You can do it too.
 I've seen it argued many, many times that this is what Amazon has been doing. But I've got a wish list of more than 100 Kindle books with a price history maintained by eReaderIQ that shows otherwise. Occasionally selling a book below cost (maybe 0.000001% of their listings or less at any one time) is not a monopolistic practice.
 Read other comments for reasons why local synching is preferred. (Or just read the headlines about the NSA.) Part of the problem with Apple's deletion of synch services is that they announced after MS Office 2011 had shipped. Then killed it before the next development cycle, leaving Office users like me out in the cold.
Does this mean synch services is back?
You know what I just realized? The words "A Google company" were obviously cropped out of this logo.  
 Why ask them to store it for you? They already have it. Instead of building a fancy device to collect and transmit data, just ask the NSA for it. (Joking… I think…)
 Gee, what possible reason could "fanboys" have to worry about Google's handling of private data?
It makes a certain amount of sense to use the name and image of Cortana. They already own the rights. It's a fairly unique name, avoiding most issues with real people's names. And the character from Halo already has a lot of positive emotion associated with it.   But they also only have one shot to get this right. If they pull a Zune, Vista, or Windows 8 with this one they will destroy a lot more than the ability to use the name without triggering negative emotions, I...
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