Razor-Razorblade, Printer-Cartridge, … Tablet-Media

Lynne Kiesling Amazon’s announcement yesterday of their Kindle Fire tablet differentiates the tablet market in one discrete jump. Anticipated for months, the Fire does indeed compete head-to-head with the iPad, but not by mimicking its feature-rich and flexible platform. Amazon has made a strong Schumpeterian move to differentiate the market. Amazon’s move follows a storied … More Razor-Razorblade, Printer-Cartridge, … Tablet-Media

Publishers and Ebooks: Innovation, Drm, and Resale Price Maintenance

Lynne Kiesling I hope all of you economists out there are following the current brouhaha between Amazon and the publisher Macmillan, because the number of fascinating economics issues is stunning. In brief, Macmillan is one of the publishers working with Apple on the iPad and Apple’s ebook store. At the same time (I remain agnostic … More Publishers and Ebooks: Innovation, Drm, and Resale Price Maintenance