Phillip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Magazine
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Doug Silver speaks with Fortune editor Philip Elmer-Dewitt to gain a better understanding of the most prominent legal case in publishing: US V Apple. Philip discusses the origins of the case, the players involved, potential implications on eBook sales, why, like so much in life, it all comes back to Amazon, and, shockingly, what Emily Dickinson has in common with antitrust violations.
“One of the pieces of misinformation that’s been floating around is that the cost of making an eBook is zero and the markup is 100%. These books don’t get written for free. The cost of making a book isn’t just the printing and the binding; it’s the five years of sweat spent writing it.”
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About our guest:
Philip Elmer-DeWitt is an American writer and editor. He was Time ‘s first computer writer—producing much of the magazine’s early coverage of personal computers and the Internet — and for 12 years its science editor. He is now an editor at Fortune Magazine where writes the blog Apple 2.0.
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