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Comics in the Courtroom | Sequential brief discusses e-book prices

Bob Kohn, the founder of RoyaltyShare, wanted to file an amicus brief in the Department of Justice’s e-book price-fixing case, but Judge Denise L. Cote told him his 25-page argument was too long and that he had to keep it to five pages. So he made his brief into a comic.

“I thought of the idea of using pictures which, as we know, paint a thousand words,” Kohn told The New York Times, but it’s a little hard to see how that made his argument more efficient. Drawn by Julia Alekseyeva, the comic consists mostly of Kohn discussing his take on the case with a female friend — a pretty common format for non-fiction comics. Perhaps breaking his thoughts down into single panels made it easier for Kohn to be concise. If you are fascinated by this case, or by narrative non-fiction, check out the whole comic here. Thanks to Judge Cote’s five-page limit, it’s a quick read.



If they’d told me in law school I could make my briefs into comics, I’d have stayed a lawyer.

e-book prices, digital comics prices, etc are all jacked up to protect the print market. That’s literally all there is to it.

@Red Comet — No, not literally.

This makes zero sense to me. Cheaper e-books are not bad for consumers. Maybe he meant cheaper e-books are bad for competitors. And when Amazon has more market share, that’s somehow worse for the consumer because there are less competitors. I think he is mistaken in assuming all competitors provide a service that is the equal of Amazon’s.

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