C’mon HarperCollins. C’mon. We know that books aren’t flying off shelves like they used to, but you’re not helping matters with policies like this – setting your ebooks to lock up after 26 rentals and forcing libraries to buy a new copy to keep them on shelves. Ugh.
During media megaconglomorate News Corp’s earnings call – which owns publisher HarperCollins – the Dark Lord Rupert Murdoch reveals, “We don’t like the Amazon model of $US9.99… we think it really devalues books and hurts all the retailers of hardcover books.” Ruh roh.