The Eternal Recurrence Of The Same

Eastward From Spadina

Oh, god. Via the New York Times:

Google has been talking about entering the direct e-book market, through a program it calls Google Editions, for nearly a year. But in early discussions with publishers, Google had proposed giving them a 63 percent cut of the suggested retail price, and allowing consumers to print copies of the digital books and cut and paste segments. […] According to several publishers who have been talking to Google, the book companies had balked at what they saw as Google’s less generous terms, and basically viewed printing and cut-and-paste as deal breakers.

Which is to say, “we intend to collude to force our customers to pay more for something with which they will be permitted to do less.” Honestly, that’s your plan? Your business is text, and cut and paste are dealbreakers?

With a plan like that, what could possibly go wrong?

Good luck, publishers. Don’t let the future hit you on the ass on the way out.


  1. Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Albeit completely off-topic, I just wanted to say that I skimmed over this entry, I thought I was looking at a screenshot of the sure-to-be upcoming Fallout 4.

  2. mhoye
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I take a lot of pictures like that – most of them are here.