our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2011/10/03

Borders to Sell Intellectual Property to Barnes & Noble

Dispute
This isn't about emails and spam. It's about monopoly. If you want market forces to work, you need a level playing field. This comes at a time when the market is being shaped by electronic books, and much is in dispute between writers and publishers and readers and the eventual format of their reading materials, the rights to those works. Remember Betamax? A monopoly in the hands of B&N affects directly the power of its ebook format, to the detriment of Kindle and others. To the detriment of authors and publishers of other formats.  The market serves all of us -- not just the shareholders. Books are the foundation of our culture and keeping people reading and writing has to be the goal served.