Lesenswerter Beitrag von Charlie Stross:
Amazon seems to be trying to simultaneously establish a wholesale monopsony and a retail monopoly in the ebook sector
Speaking out against DRM was, as more than one editor told me over the past decade, potentially a career-limiting move.
By foolishly insisting on DRM, and then selling to Amazon on a wholesale basis, the publishers handed Amazon a monopoly on their customers—and thereby empowered a predatory monopsony.
It doesn’t matter whether Macmillan wins the price-fixing lawsuit bought by the Department of Justice. The point is, the big six publishers’ Plan B for fighting the emerging Amazon monopsony has failed (…). This means that they need a Plan C. And the only viable Plan C, for breaking Amazon’s death-grip on the consumers, is to break DRM.