Sunday, February 12, 2012

Its Amazon vs. Everyone Else in the Publishing World

Here's a bit more on Amazon Print Books vs. the rest of the Publishing and Bookseller World.

The Barnes & Noble decision not to sell Amazon-published books in its bookstores has been applauded (and duplicated) by two Canadian booksellers: Books-A-Million and Indigo.  In addition, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) has decided to boycott the books.

Too, according to this article on, Publishers Weekly has reported that the ABA-owned IndieCommerce company will not be listing any of the Amazon-published titles in its database.  Spokesman Matt Supko had this to say about the decision:
"While Amazon is seeking to distribute its print catalogue through conventional means, it seems that they are simultaneously pursuing a strategy  of locking in e-book exclusives which other retailers are not allowed to sell.  IndieCommerce believes that is wrong."
Whether any of these decisions has a significant impact on Amazon's business strategy remains to be seen, of course.  But it is becoming very obvious that the rest of the book world is not willing to sit back and allow Amazon to work its way toward a bookselling monopoly uncontested.  This is getting more and more interesting every day.
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