Amazon Pulls Books from Virtual Shelves

by Yvette King
January 2010


The publishing world is all a buzz since it was learned that as of Friday, January 29, 2010, Amazon removed Macmillian books from their virtual shelves. Why you ask? It appears that it may all come down to dollars and cents. They are said to have been feuding over the pricing of e-books for the last year and it has resulted in the missing titles from the shelves.

Macmillian is one of the largest publishing houses and this will have an impact on their imprints Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt and St. Martin's Press, which is home to some authors of the street literature genre.

Although there is no official statement from either camp, it is being spectulated that this is directly related to the recent unveiling of the Apple iPad tablet by Chief Executive, Steve Jobs. The iPad can be seen as being in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle. It's no secret that Macmillian has partnered with Apple and will line the shelves of the iBookstore. Apple is also permitting publishers to set varying price points for their product.

Concerns have been raised previously by publishers regarding Amazon's e-books pricing of $9.99 because they believe that price has a direct correlation to the value placed on books. Amazon is in opposition to what could be a proposed $3.00 to $5.00 price increase and is sending a very loud and clear message that will ultimately effect the bottom line. At this time, Macmillian books can solely be purchased through a third parties via Amazon.com.

How long will this tug of war last? Is this temporary or permanent? Only time will tell.

Read our follow-up story:

[ Amazon Surrenders to Macmillan ]


Yvette King is a contributing writer for The Urban Book Source.

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ALI :
Posted 2789 days ago
Independent and self-published authors don't have to worry about this too much. Over money they pulled book? The world is all about greed and capitalism and jealousy.
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Posted 2790 days ago
Macmillan is the parent publisher to St. Martins Press and St. Martin Griffin, which publishes a lot of street lit authors such as, K'wan, Tracy Brown, Shannon Holmes and a few others. Meanwhile 200 bookstores closed down. What's going on now? I never understood why people don't just buy directly from the publishers website anyway. You don't really need Amazon.com, this could be a good thing. Release some power from those that have monopolized the game!
 

 


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