Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend | Intelligence Squared Debate [VIDEO]

Amazon logo aIn 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?

For The Motion

Joe Konrath (Author & Self-Publishing Pioneer)
Matthew Yglesias (Executive Editor, Vox)

Against The Motion

Scott Turow (Attorney & Author)
Franklin Foer (Former Editor, The New Republic)

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