3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 7, 2010 3:16 PM by FrogAlum

    Amazon's ultimatum to smaller publishers

      I found this quite interesting.. Amazon is basically telling small publishers that if they insist on the Agency Model, then Amazon will drop their entire line, including eBooks AND Paper Books.. Now this is getting interesting!! Publishers can assert their "right" to dictate prices, and by the same token, retailers can assert their right to carry the publishers inventory or not..

       

      "At least one independent publisher of scale was told categorically by Amazon in a recent phone call initiated by the etailer that Amazon would not negotiate agency selling terms with any other publishers outside of the five initial Apple partners. This publisher was told that if they switched to an agency model for ebooks, Amazon would stop selling their entire list, in print and digital form."

       

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      http://www.teleread.org/2010/03/19/amazon-will-drop-smaller-publishers-if-they-insist-on-the-agency-model/

       

      http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-tells-small-publishers-it-will-stop-selling-their-books-if-they-join-apple-2010-3