The Department Of Justice is suing Apple Computer and some EBook big Book Publishing players over Anti Trust FramIng of the agency-pricing model. Biggest winner won't be the readers, but rather AmaZon. Mike Shatzkin has a summary.
Charlie Stross agrees and raises other issues about AmaZon. By foolishly insisting on DRM, and then selling to Amazon on a wholesale basis, the publishers handed Amazon a MonoPoly on their customers—and thereby empowered a predatory Monop Sony.
Apr25: Charlie Stross gives more argument for why a publisher should drop DRM. He sees Book Store-s as potentially effective curators; I think curation has already gone online. I Commented to ask about the idea of publishers doing their own direct selling.