Is HarperCollins allowed to compete with B&N, Amazon, Kobo, etc. by selling eBooks from its own site? If so - should the lawyers for these retailers be fired for not getting a "no compete" clause in the contracts? Just glancing at a few titles, Game Change, and the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy are cheaper through HarperCollins than B&N, Amazon, and Kobo.
HC tells the retailers to sell Game Change for $12.99 and not a penny less. Then they turn around and offer it for $8.79 on their own website? How is this good for the retailers?
Maybe the HC site isn't selling eBooks anymore, and they just haven't taken it down, or put up an accurate explanation. "This site is temporarily closed for maintenance; it is not possible to purchase new titles at this time."
Wow. If the publishers are going to be allowed under these contracts to undersell the retailers... Holy smoke.