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Amazon is the Reader’s Friend: Free, Livestream Debate

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You will be able to view this free livestream on the above screen when the event begins at 3:45 PM PST/6:45 PM EST on 01/15/15 . You can also follow this link to view the Livestream on Intelligence Squared’s website.

Event Description:

In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a book’s production.

The conflict, resolved for now, has only raised more questions about the value of books, Amazon’s business practices, and the role of publishers. Is book publishing an oligopoly, a dinosaur in need of disruption? Is Amazon, which accounts for 41% of all new book and 67% of all e-book sales, a monopoly? Who is doing right by readers and the future of books?

Join Intelligence Squared on Thursday, January 15th for a FREE livestream debate tackling this hot topic. No registration needed. Simply view the livestream on the above screen or on the Intelligence Squared website.

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