Facing a jury trial next month with $840 million in potential damage claims on the line in a dispute over alleged e-book price fixing, Apple has instead decided to settle out of court to make the problem go away.
It was an anniversary week with the iPhone celebrating its seventh birthday and we've got the Mac closing in on its 30th later this month. Yes, January has been good for Apple fans. Unfortunately, we don't have any good news on the iWatch front for you just yet. Nevertheless, this week, like nearly every week, there was something cooking on the old news front. Let's see what's what.
Barnes & Noble doesn't quite seem to know how to right its Nook ship -- after abandoning its own hardware, the company's CEO has now gone overboard, leaving analysts to speculate who might come calling to bail it out.
As the Department of Justice eBook trial against Apple enters it's third, and likely final, week, two themes consistently emerge: one, the entire DOJ case seems built on a flimsy house of cards that continues to get knocked down; and two, Amazon was a major player in making this lawsuit happen. It seems reasonable to many that Apple will walk away from this case vindicated and victorious. Maybe. Will Apple prevail and, if not, what happens next? Read on.
As the Department of Justice's bizarre prosecution of Apple hits the halfway point of a scheduled three-week trial, there are some clues that perhaps the winds are shifting in favor of Cupertino. This entire case, which could only seem more sponsored by Amazon if its logo was displayed behind the judge's bench, started out with a great deal of hyperbole against Apple, as well as a judge that seemed to have decided the case before it began. Now, as the smoke clears from the DOJ's initial courtroom (and media) assault, it doesn't seem as clear-cut to everyone that Apple is the bad guy. In fact, it is even becoming obvious to many, including perhaps the judge, that Apple actually did not do anything illegal or unethical, and has actually greatly helped the eBook market since coming on the scene. Let's catch up on the last week and a half of this increasingly fascinating case.
The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and now begins the time of year when curling up in front of the fireplace with a great book on the iPad sounds fantastic. Thankfully, the fine folks at Humble Bundle are offering a nice collection of titles to keep you occupied through autumn. Even better: you can pay what you want for the books, and give the proceeds to charities.
E-tailer Amazon has been leading the charge for electronic books almost as long as anyone with their Kindle lineup, so it should be a surprise to no one that the company is now selling more e-books than print books -- at least across the pond.
When 2012 rolled around, Andrea Santilli, a teacher at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, wanted to find a new way to challenge her 7th grade Advanced Life Science students. She wanted to help thems develop relevant lifelong skills in addition to their regular studies, so Santilli set out on a unique quest.
"I wanted to give them the opportunity to be published so they could use this as part of their academic resume and to make what they learn have real meaning," says Santilli. So she turned to Apple.
An ideal world would be one in which you hit publish and the readers come flocking. However as Mark Edwards recalls, getting from five copies a day to topping the Amazon charts takes a great deal of work. “We blogged, used Facebook and Twitter, posted on forums and networked like crazy with other writers and readers,” he says. “We submitted the book for reviews on sites and did everything we could to let people know it existed. It took a long time -- four months from publication to the top 10, spending two or three hours on it every evening. It was exhausting, but worth it in the end.”
Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and even Apple’s iBooks have been working on moving us away from reading physical books and toward embracing the digital revolution. But until now, there was very little to convince us just how good an idea this could be, since digital books look very much like their real-world counterparts, right down to the page-turning effect.