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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the paying-for-the-top-shelf dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Apple has introduced some new features to its iBooks store in order to make illustrations and fixed layouts possible — something particularly important for children's books. But at the moment, it seems these features are only available for big publishers, not indies. This is not dissimilar from the controversy that brewed over indie labels' access to iTunes LP."
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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind

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  • surprise surprise (Score:1, Informative)

    by Picardo85 (1408929) on Monday December 20, 2010 @02:21PM (#34618158)
    Apple comes and pisses on the little people, yet again !
  • by mark72005 (1233572) on Monday December 20, 2010 @02:44PM (#34618580)
    How do you get that out of UMG v MP3.com, and what did Apple have to do with deciding it?

    The case was regarding whether the website had the right to use copyrighted music to make ad revenue.

    I find your claim particularly curious since this case was on or about 2000, and the iTunes store did not launch until 2003.
  • A FEW POINTS (Score:5, Informative)

    by N8F8 (4562) on Monday December 20, 2010 @03:30PM (#34619278)

    YOUTUBE: About two years ago YouTube redesigned their trove system to make it almost impossible for small acts to be found. Try it. You are pretty much stuck with the mainstream stuff they sort to the top in each category. You pretty much have to accidentally find indie acts on youtube.

    BARS AND CAFES: As a cafe owner can attest that BMI and ASCAP make it almost impossible to play indie acts. The fees are just too high for small businesses. Even i you make bands sign papers stating they are unsigned acts playing only there own music, BMI and ASCAP still go after you. The first six months we were open we had live music 1-2 nights a week. The minute we posted notices on MySpace we had BMI and ASCAP twisting our arms to buy a annual license. License fees that were far too high to make it even remotely sensible from a business perspective. I would happily support local bands but the system is rigged.

  • by sootman (158191) on Monday December 20, 2010 @03:51PM (#34619634) Homepage Journal

    Never let those pesky "facts" get in the way of a good Apple-bashing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3.com [wikipedia.org]

    [MP3.com] was shut down on December 2, 2003 by CNET, which, after purchasing the domain name (but not MP3.com's technology or music assets), established the current MP3.com site.

    On January 12, 2000, MP3.com launched the "My.MP3.com" service which enabled users to securely register their personal CDs and then stream digital copies online from the My.MP3.com service. Since consumers could only listen online to music they already proved they owned the company saw this as a great opportunity for revenue by allowing fans to access their own music online. The record industry did not see it that way and sued MP3.com claiming that the service constituted unauthorized duplication and promoted copyright infringement.

    Judge Jed S. Rakoff, in the case UMG v. MP3.com, ruled in favor of the record labels against MP3.com and the service on the copyright law provision of "making mechanical copies for commercial use without permission from the copyright owner." Before damage was awarded, MP3.com settled with plaintiff, UMG Recordings, for $53.4 million, in exchange for the latter's permission to use its entire music collection. Later, the firm no longer had sufficient funds to weather the technology downturn. MP3.com was subsequently bought and the new owner did not continue the same service.

    Weakened financially, MP3.com was eventually acquired by Vivendi Universal in May 2001 at $5 per share ($23 below the IPO share price) or approximately $372 million in cash and stock. Jean-Marie Messier, then-CEO of Vivendi Universal, stated "The acquisition of MP3.com was an extremely important step in our strategy to create both a distribution platform and acquire state-of-the-art technology. MP3.com will be a great asset to Vivendi Universal in meeting our goal of becoming the leading online provider of music and related services.

    Vivendi had difficulties growing the service and eventually dismantled the original site, selling off all of its assets including the URL and logo to CNET in 2003.

    For comparison, Apple opened the iTunes Music Store in April 2003--23 months after Universal got MP3.com. CNET bought mp3.com in November 2003.
    http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2003/apr/28musicstore.html [apple.com]
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1008275/cnet-buys-mp3com [theinquirer.net]

  • by drerwk (695572) on Monday December 20, 2010 @04:25PM (#34620226) Homepage
    http://www.apple.com/itunes/lp-and-extras/ [apple.com]
    I would expect the same in a few months for any iBooks thing.

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