While Molly O’Neill and I work on our final installment of our middle grade conversation (we keep getting derailed by work), I thought I’d take a moment to link you to a debate I participated in on the recent DoJ lawsuit against Apple and five publishers. This is an important case, and one that is going to have a significant impact on book publishing for years to come, considering the terms of the settlement. Shelf Awareness did what I thought was the best overview of the situation, which you can find here.
Before you read the debate, I want to preface it by saying this: I can’t comment on any of the legal issues surrounding the DOJ’s case against Apple and the Agency 5; I’m not a lawyer. But as an agent, part of my job is understanding changes in the industry and contextualizing them for my clients. I’ve been fielding questions from many of them about what the lawsuit and settlement might mean. And if you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve had plenty of thoughts on the issue, so I jumped on the chance when the Huffington Post offered to let me write something on the matter. I do hope I can change some minds.