Skip to comments.Amazon is Obama's Mistress
Posted on 04/23/2012 3:59:26 AM PDT by Kaslin
President Obama has a mistress. Her name is Amazon. Whereas former Presidents Kennedy and Clinton rendezvoused with female interns, Obama rendezvous with an e-commerce company.
Amazon currently monopolizes e-book sales, controlling 60 percent of the market. And, like a jealous lover, Obama is suing Amazons competitors in order to further strengthen her e-book monopoly. Obama may be faithful to his wife, but he is breaking his vow to the American people to defend the Constitution. He is openly abusing his executive powers and giving preferential treatment to Amazonhoping to curry favor with consumers and ensure his reelection in November.
Obamas Attorney General, Eric Holder, announced on April 11, 2012 that the Department of Justice is suing Apple and five major book publishers on charges that they violated anti-trust laws by conspiring to raise the price of e-books.
Heres the catch: Apple and the five publishers were not conspiring to artificially raise the price of the e-books. They were merely switching from an outdated wholesale pricing model for print books to an agency model that is better suited for e-books.
My assessment is that the agency pricing model (spearheaded by the late co-founder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs) can help writers and book publishers stay in business in the digital era and thereby gives consumers more choices by allowing new retailers (like Apple) to enter the market and compete with Amazon.
Obama Sues After Jobs Death, But Before Election
If Steve Jobsa lifelong Democrat, beloved by Americans of all stripeswere still alive today, I doubt Obama would dare to publicly distort Jobs vision or attack Apple. However, Jobs was a capitalist and therefore his life story and his company pose threats to Obamas socialist platform.
Obamas go-to scapegoat is big oil. His new scapegoat is big Apple. American incomes are not keeping pace with inflation, gas prices are rising and jobs are meager. Obama knows that Americans will blame him for the bad economy unless he quickly convinces them otherwise.
Apple is the worlds most valuable company, beating even Exxon Mobil; Obama likely thinks that he has a chance of winning the votes of American consumers if he can pretend that he is defending them from a conspiring corporation with a well-timed, high-profile lawsuit.
This is not the first time that Obama has misrepresented Jobs and Apple to advance his socialist political agenda. As Ive written, Obama used Jobs and his wife in his 2012 State of the Union Address to curry favor for the Buffett Ruleeven though Jobs had advised Obama to reduce regulations while he was alive.
Since Jobs death, Obama has used Jobs name to promote ideas that Jobs never embraced. Now, Obama is suing Apple and attacking the worlds biggest capitalistic success story so that he can look like a hero in the eyes of consumers and spend four more years flying in Air Force One at a rate of $179,750 per hour.
Amazons Undeniable Monopoly
The purpose of anti-trust laws is to promote and maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies, including setting unnatural prices that inhibit free competition. When Apple collaborated with publishers, I contend that it did not violate anti-trust legislation because Apples agency-pricing model actually brought more competition and consumer choices into an e-book market that wasand still ismonopolized by Amazon.
Back in 2009, Amazon was a lone shark, controlling 90 percent of the e-book market. Today, even after Apple and others have entered the market, Amazon controls the majority (60 percent) of the e-book market. Barnes and Noble controls 25 percent and Apple commands a scant 15 percent. But Obama is suing Apple for conspiring to undermine Amazon? Maybe someone should file an anti-trust lawsuit against Obama for attacking the free markets and protecting Amazons monopoly.
Unlike traditional printed books, you cant physically hold an e-book in your hands; you must purchase a special e-reader or tablet to peruse them. Amazons e-reader is called the Kindle. So, when Amazon monopolizes the e-book market, it also guarantees that people will be more likely to purchase its e-reading device.
Consumers, writers and book publishers have been unhappy with Amazons monopoly for some time. From a consumer perspective, Amazons monopoly lessens technology options. CNET News rates the third-generation iPad tablet as the best full-featured reading tabletfunctionally superior to even the most advanced versions of the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle.
Publishers were also unhappy with Amazons wholesale pricing model because it cannibalized their print businesses. As Jobs explained to his biographer, Walter Isaacson: Amazon screwed it up. It paid the wholesale price for some books, but started selling them below cost at $9.99. The publishers hated thatthey thought it would trash their ability to sell hardcover books at $28. So before Apple even got to the scene, some booksellers were starting to withhold books from Amazon. So we told the publishers, Well go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but thats what you [publishers] want anyway. But we also asked for a guarantee [per a most favored nation clause] that if anybody else is selling the books cheaper than we are, then we can sell them at the lower price too. So they [publishers] went to Amazon and said, Youre going to sign an agency contract or were not going to give you the books.
Jobs further explains: We were not the first people in the books business. Given the situation that existed [Amazons 90 percent monopoly], what was best for us was to do this akido move and end up with the agency model.
Jobs Vision Was to Save Journalism and Media, Not Profit
Jobs saw an opportunity to provide consumers with more choices. He knew he could turn a profit by competing with Amazonbut money was not his goal. Jobs main goal was to save high-quality print media from going extinct in the modern digital era where fewer consumers will pay for printed newspapers and books because they can get so much information and entertainment for free online.
I think Jobs intuitively understood that if major publishers cant afford to pay writers and journalists, consumers suffer. I think Jobs understood that without media watchdogs, free speech deteriorates and the government is no longer accountable to the people.
For example, Jobs considered the New York Times to be one of the finest newspapers in America and he wanted to save its journalism for future generations. Isaccson writes: Jobs was particularly interested in striking a deal with the New York Times, which he felt was a great newspaper in danger of declining because it had not figured out how to charge for digital content. One of my personal projects this year, Ive decided, is to try to helpwhether they want it or notthe Times, he told me in early 2010. I think its important to the country for them to figure it out.
Jobs also had great success working with Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of News Corp., which owns conservative-leaning media giants like the Wall Street Journal and the Fox News Channel. So, I believe that Jobs over-arching vision in implementing the agency model was to preserve all high-caliber media.
Sleeping with Amazon Hurts Consumers
When Obama attacks Apple and favors Amazon, he hurts the U.S. economy and American consumers. For example, in the days following Obamas announcement of the anti-trust lawsuit against Apple, the Nasdaq composite index took a substantial plunge. Since Apple is the worlds most valuable company, it comprises 12 percent of the Nasdaq. So, Obama is hurting the U.S. economy for his own political gain.
Competition always creates more options for consumers. When publishers can stay profitable and new retailers can enter the e-book market, there are more quality options for readers. And when retailers like Apple can enter the market, they will innovate and offer alternative e-reading devices like the iPad so that Americans have more high-tech options for reading e-books than buying an Amazon Kindle.
Mr. President, please stop favoring your mistress Amazon. She already monopolizes the e-book market and consumers deserve high-quality choices.
More likely to have a mister than a mistress, I think.
Clinton sued Microsoft. Just a game they like to play.
There are some very good points here but I do applaud Amazon and their efforts and ability to get self-published books out to the public and the authors do get a substantial portion of the profits from each sale. I have read a number of these books and am quite impressed by the ideas and average to excellent quality of the writing.
These are people who would probably never have been published under the previously normal methods for an author to get published. So for that I do give Amazon applause.
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I guess the ebook creates at least two pricing dilemmas; what to price it at when the hardcover edition is released and what to price it when the mass market paperback is released.
Since I've bought mostly ebooks for publications where the hardcover, mass market paperback and ebook are all available, it puzzles me to see an ebook at $12.99 and the mass market paperback at around $8.00.
And it seems the ebook for most fairly successful books sells at $12.99 from Amazon.
This article is obviously written by someone that blindly loves Apple. So many distortions. The Kindle App is available for any Apple product. Plus, backlit devices do not equate with e-ink, hence the qualifier “full featured”.
That takes us to a google search. Which entry should I look at?
I suppose his wife could be classified as an “Amazon”...
My 560 page/250K word novels retail for $20 in "trade paperback" (8.5" X 5.5") format. At first I set my Kindle price at $9.99, figuring half of printed price was about right. But since then I've dropped my price to $6.99 and seen my income go way up. I think folks are just hesitant to buy a novel, even a big, long novel, by a no-name author. $6.99 seems to make it easier for folks to click "BUY."
Amazon Kindle also allows authors to put their titles into a free promotion category for 5 days out of 90. I did this with my first novel back on March 1 ("Operation #EFAD"). This resulted in 35K free D/Ls, and another explosion in paid sales for all of my books. I also reduced the permanent price of EFAD to $4.99, to encourage readers to test the waters of the Enemies Trilogy.
I hope Jeff Bezos becomes a gazillionaire: he has opened the doors for "nobodies" like me.
Baen Books has a better model for their science fiction books. The ebook version is available the same day as the hardcover coming out, for $6. I therefore get the ebook, and later am generally in the mood to get the paperback when it comes out. Total net revenue to Baen and the author is probably the same as if I bought the hardcover.
“Thank You” Matt, this thread needed an authors perspective...glad to hear sales are up, and having just finished the Reconquista, thanks also for the epilogue...8^}
wookie and Amazon are NOT the same creature...the wimmin of Amazonian fame are more like Wonder Woman than queen mooooooooooshale...
Here is a specific book I bought from Amazon (Kindle version) almost a year ago. Looks like they’ve raised the Kindle price a dollar and the paperback price about three dollars. Sellers will probably continue to tweak these pricing relationships between hardcover, ebook and paperback.
But however they price it, there is probably little production costs involved with ebooks since the preparation to print a hardcover book is all on computer, so the digitized manuscript is already there for the ebook.
I did something similar on my own website, that is, I put huge excerpts from the novels there.