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eBook Summit in the Press

4190786570_667355ba19_m.jpgAs mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit concluded last week, a crack team of publishing journalists captured the heady conversation. Check out our photos here.

PaidContent led the charge, writing about the summit debate over advertising in eBooks , Sony’s e-reading strategy, and Google Books’ plans for 2010.

In addition, Publishers Weekly and The Bookseller both wrote about the passionate debate over Amazon’s $9.99 eBook pricing model–led by Books on Board founder and CEO Bob Livolsi.

MobyLives cheered about an Amazon.com pricing debate: “Finally: much hullabaloo is being made of the fact that, at an ‘ebook summit’ staged by Mediabistro, someone said what MobyLives has been saying since we started, which is that Amazon.com is breaking the law.” Beattie’s Book Blog concurred.

Tomorrow’s Book did not agree: “When you’ve got a bloated overhead and a system more geared toward servicing the middleman than serving the consumer, such concern is warranted. Having no such overhead, we are less concerned, as the system deserves to die.”

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Amazon’s $9.99 eBook Price Point Attacked as “Predatory Pricing”

speaker_boblivolsi_100x100.jpgDuring a publishing demographics panel at the eBook Summit, Books on Board founder Bob Livolsi received a rousing ovation after making what may be the conference’s most dramatic comment about a bookselling giant’s eBook pricing: “$9.99 is a predatory pricing practice by Amazon. It’s an attack on literature so Amazon can control the industry.”

The quote ricocheted around the Twittersphere. Many repeated Livolsi’s follow-up: “People need to have the courage to speak out against Amazon’s practices.” Guy L. Gonzalez wrote: “Instead of drinking the Kool-Aid, @PublishersWkly @GalleyCat et al, need to report issues related to pricing.”

This GalleyCat editor helped moderate the panel discussion, and built a simple list of other stories we published about the million dollar question: What price eBooks? Look for more coverage in coming weeks.

Last December, GalleyCat readers weighed in on eBook pricing.
In April, Amazon customers boycotted books priced higher than $9.99.
In July, Barnes & Noble accepted the Amazon price standard.
Last week, we wrote about indie bookstores struggling with eBook prices. Editor’s Note: The original post had a mistaken picture.

Google Books Joins mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit

ebooksummit.jpgWhen the Google Books settlement finally receives judicial approval, what will Google do with the 168,178,719 books that exist in the world?

You can find out at mediabistro.com’s upcoming eBook Summit which runs from December 15-16. Participants include Brandon Badger, product manager for Google Books–giving an inside look at the Google Books project. In addition, the conference will also include Bob Livolsi, CEO of Books on Board, talking about the retail aspect of eBooks and digital publishing.

Here’s more from the summit site: “Mediabistro.com’s two-day eBook Summit will take a closer look at the changing digital publishing industry, from the perspectives of content creators and of publishers. Leaders in the field will uncover business development opportunities, and highlight the latest technological innovations currently driving the future of digital publishing.”