This piece of news broke on Thursday… and Twitter went wild. I honestly don’t think Amazon will use this patent, since it would cost them too much. Why? Because Amazon is first and foremost a content provider, and I strongly suspect that if they launched a service selling used e-books, the publishers would sever their contracts with Amazon.
I wasn’t surprised when Macmillan decided to settle, but the terms is a bit different. The most important one for readers? Retailers can discount their books even if the contracts hasn’t been re-negiotated. Which means Macmillan books are non-agency from Today ( or maybe tomorrow, depends on how fast the retailers are). 😀
Bookish is Hachette, Simon and Schusters and Penguin’s book recommendation site/e-book store. And… I’ll stay as far away from it as I can. Why? Because the content of their ToC creeps me out .