Originally Posted by solipsism
I'm not so sure I buy Random House's reasoning. This deal is clearly better for them and the market than what Amazon offered.
Not really. Because Amazon's old game was to buy the 'books' at wholesale prices, which Random House et al set, and then could over or under it all they wanted., but if the books didn't sell, oh well.
So Random House could say that ebooks of the new Grisham novel are $15 a piece and Amazon paid that. Then sold the books as a loss leader to lure folks to the site to buy the Kindle hardware, other books, movies etc.
Under an agency model, Random House would have to set the sales price at $21 to make that much and who is going to buy an ebook at that amount. Particularly since the perception is that there's no real cost to making ebooks so no reason for them to be that high.
Originally Posted by ghostface147
At least someone has the balls to tell Apple that their way isn't what some companies want.
Apple isn't making them do anything. It's only the blogs that are acting that way. Random House has every right to say no. and apparently has.
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
I fully expect Apple to offer the same gift giving option for books as is now offered for songs and apps, so mommy and daddy will be able to keep their little dependents on a short leash with the textbooks...
why do you need gift giving when parental controls will likely be on the ipad.
Originally Posted by Ireland
To copyright something
you write it. At least in the US. Every post you've written on this or any other board is already copyrighted the moment you wrote it. And you don't even have to put the copyright symbol on it anymore
like that all you have to do is send it via registered post in a sealed padded envelope to yourself,
NO, NO, NO. Please hand back your law degree cause its seriously no good.
Mailing it to yourself means nothing. Copyright registration via the LOC is the requirement for getting any statutory damages if someone steals your stuff. Actual damages will be awarded if you can prove that gross theft (being more than merely the base idea) occurred, generally including proof that the person had access, and that there were damages incurred.
Mailing doesn't even work as prove of when you wrote it cause you can steam that baby open, slip your stuff inside and reseal it.
More information about this can be found at US Copyright Office.
Originally Posted by wally626
and have a couple of hard copies made to send in for Copyright registration.
It may not be required for one to make a hard copy of an ebook to register it. So check that before you go to the bother.