Monday, April 16, 2012

Publishers Weekly's Take on U.S. Lawsuit Against Apple and Publishers

In a March 12 post I mentioned the possible lawsuit against Apple and five large publishers by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, with a link to a New York Times article. This week I want to share a fascinating podcast from Publishers Weekly with you about that lawsuit, which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week. Amazon is deeply involved/affected by all of this as a major bookseller, as well.

Below is a link to the Publishers Weekly article in their Beyond the Book feature, and podcast:

Go to the bottom of the article to click the arrow above 'PW Preview' to get the podcast. The first ten minutes are an interview with PW's Andrew Albanese, in which he discusses the DOJ's case against Apple and five publishers and gives his educated opinion on what it all means, and its implications for Apple, the traditional publishing world, and Amazon. One of Albanese's most interesting conclusions: this lawsuit isn't really about achieving fairness to save consumers money, or about going after the publishing industry (in Albanese's opinion) nearly as much as it is about going after Apple, which the DOJ has been eyeing for a while. (The remainder of the podcast, if you choose to listen, is about PW's current book reviews.)

Enjoy . . .

~ Linda


  1. Thanks for the link to this Linda. I've been doing my best to keep up on it and follow how it turns out.

  2. You're so welcome, Heather. It's a jungle out there!

  3. Ooh, thanks. I've been trying to read up on this news lately.

  4. It's crazy trying to keep up, Lydia! Who can understand what's going on even when you do keep up? Don't miss today's New York Times article—front page Business Section: 'Book Publishing's Real Nemesis' It's about guess who?...Amazon, and points out how crazy this lawsuit against Apple and five publishers is relative to the 'real threat.'

  5. Linda, Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Off to read and listen to the Podcast. You could be our virtual secretary and keep us all updated. Thank you!