Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Monday, April 16, 2012

An Example of Strategy #3 from the 36 Strategies: Borrow a Sword to Kill Another

Below is an excerpt from a recent news story that can be filed under an example of Strategy #3 from the 36 Strategies: Borrow a Sword to Kill Another. The full article may be read here.

What this strategy means in essence is to get someone else to do your dirty work, while you enjoy the benefit.

Amazon to Cut E-Book Prices, Shaking Rivals

The government’s decision to pursue major publishers on antitrust charges has put the Internet retailer Amazon in a powerful position: the nation’s largest bookseller may now get to decide how much an e-book will cost, and the book world is quaking over the potential consequences.

As soon as the Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it was suing five major publishers and Apple on price-fixing charges, and simultaneously settling with three of them, Amazon announced plans to push down prices on e-books. The price of some major titles could fall to $9.99 or less from $14.99, saving voracious readers a bundle.

But publishers and booksellers argue that any victory for consumers will be short-lived, and that the ultimate effect of the antitrust suit will be to exchange a perceived monopoly for a real one. Amazon, already the dominant force in the industry, will hold all the cards.

“Amazon must be unbelievably happy today,” said Michael Norris, a book publishing analyst with Simba Information. “Had they been puppeteering this whole play, it could not have worked out better for them.”


The Strongest Karate said...

I know this is completely off topic, but can you tell me where you source your images? They're really amazing!

Rick Matz said...


Over the years, whenever I've seen a picture that gets my attention, I right click and save the image.

I've also done searches; for example images of Guan Yu.

I also like to use Stumble Upon.

Erik the Strange said...

The header for my blog was snatched from yours.

Rick Matz said...

Fair is fair. I found it somewhere else.