It doesn’t matter what e-books cost to make

Book publishers are trying hard to argue that e-books cost almost as much to produce as printed ones, and therefore prices for e-books should be higher — but the bottom line is that consumers don’t care what a publisher’s costs are, nor should they.

BlackLocus and the retailing price revolution

The top 20 Internet retailers changed their prices 30 times more often than their peers who had lower sales during the holiday season in 2011, according to BlackLocus, a startup that helps companies set competitive prices online. Its goal is to transform retail pricing with data.

Carriers desperately seeking higher mobile data prices

The economics of providing mobile data don’t work, and as proof we only have to look at the death of the unlimited plan. Today only 13.5 percent of operators offer a “true” unlimited plan, while 25 percent offer an unlimited plan in name only.

7 charts that predict the future of mobile broadband

Ericsson released a report today about mobile data consumption today that gives a clear picture about how pricing for mobile broadband will change as well as how cultural norms will shift as wireless networks become more popular and prevalent. Check out the charts inside.

Operators better say goodbye to the SMS cash cow

The carrier cash cow of SMS text messaging is on the wane, driven by third-party messaging apps that include BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage, Skype and others. So what will carriers do to replace it? Look for pricing changes and a focus on M2M.

Seeking profits, mobile operators get social and personal

Two new product offerings are trying to make you love your mobile carrier with a Facebook app and a product that allows carriers to personalize a pricing plan just for you. Will Facebook and customized pricing plans be enough to ensure loyalty and generate higher revenue?

Empire Avenue gets $1.2M to tell you what you’re worth

Proving that virtual currency can be worth a good amount of real-life cash, social stock market Empire Avenue has landed $1.2 million in funding. Empire Avenue serves a unique and somewhat controversial purpose: It’s a stock market that puts a price on people instead of companies.

It’s coming: The emergence of second-class mobile citizens

Carriers are preparing ways to change their pricing to charge by applications or services. And as they do, consumers will lose — namely because carriers will offer a variety of their own services that could strangle the quality of anything one might consider over-the-top.