“Apple has struggled mightily to reinterpret (CEO and founder Steve) Jobs’s statements in a way that will eliminate their bite. Its efforts have proven fruitless.”
Jobs’s statements — fairly clear-cut, even to moron laypersons such as myself — went a little conspiratorially like this:
- "I can live with this, as long as they move Amazon to the agent model (meaning the publishers, and not retailers such as Amazon, could set prices) too for new releases for the first year. If they don’t, I’m not sure we can be competitive."
- …and “The prices will be the same.” (As in, Amazon will charge for e-books what publishers decide — not retailers.)
Man, Steve Jobs’s dickishness is coming back to bite Apple in the ass. And the dude is dead. I love it.