The Random House Response to the Kindle

Your major online participation opportunity this week is to read the case in your HBS casepack on the “The Random House Response to the Kindle.” We won’t discuss this case in class — directly at least — but I did think it was worth reading and thinking about. Hence, we are going to have that discussion take place online.

Here are the questions I’d like you to consider: (i) should Random House take a role in the price that consumers for its books see on the Kindle? (ii) what dangers does Random House face from dealing with Amazon? (iii) can Random House ‘hold out’ from going on the Kindle? (iv) Should it? and (v) what roles do publishers have in the electronic world.

In all of this, think about using logical argument and backing it up with links to relevant facts.

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