Amazon Press Conference Coverage

Amazon’s Press Conference at Stage 37 in New York is scheduled to begin at 10 AM, eastern time.  If you are as eager as I am, here’s a guide to those who are live blogging the event:

Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles will be live blogging for Kindle Nation Daily at http://bit.ly/LEN-LIVE-FROM-NY-ON-KTAB.

CNET’s David Carnoy will be live blogging for the tech site at 10AM at http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33198_7-20112398-286/amazons-press-event-wed-7-a.m-pt-live-blog/?tag=mncol;txt.

Harry McCracken will be covering the event for Technologizer at http://technologizer.com/amazon/.

BGR will be covering the event at http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/28/live-from-amazons-kindle-fire-tablet-event.

Find any more? Please leave them in the comments.

Finally, a class action lawsuit for ebook price fixing…

When the dreaded Agency model for ebook pricing first appeared, many Kindle owners expressed hopes that someone would investigate Apple and the five major publishers involved for anti-trust issues. While this didn’t happen on the federal or state level, there is now a class action lawsuit pending.

The Seattle law firm of Hagens Berman has filed suit against Apple, HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster Inc. for “illegally fix[ing] the prices of electronic books.”

The complaint alleges that:

While free market forces would dictate that e-books would be cheaper than their hard-copy counterparts, considering lower production and distribution costs, the complaint shows that as a result of the agency model and alleged collusion, many e-books are more expensive than their hard-copy counterparts.

According to the complaint, the prices of e-books have risen as much as 50 percent since the switch to an agency model.

Most Kindle owners would probably agree with that assessment.

You can click here to read the full statement on the class action lawsuit. There’s also a form on the site for potential plaintiffs to contact the attorneys.

Read an eBook Week is coming: March 6-12, 2011

Read an eBook Week will be starting March 6, 2011. The purpose of the week is to draw attention to and promote the reading of ebooks. This event has been an ongoing project since 2004. You can get more information by visiting the event’s website.

Here at the eBook Evangelist, I have been working on a series of articles to celebrate eBook week, including overviews of different readers, formats, software and apps,  and where to find free ebooks. Stay tuned for more!