I’m a little late on this, but it’s been a crazy week! I want to talk about Amazon. The online retail giant has been allowing authors to self publish their books for years, but just recently began signing its own authors. Since becoming a traditional publisher in October 2011, Amazon’s business practices have made other booksellers increasingly nervous. Three days ago, Barnes & Noble took action against Amazon.
On Feb. 1, Barnes & Noble announced it will no longer stock titles published by Amazon in its bookstores. According to B&N Chief Merchandising Officer Jaime Carey,
“Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms. Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain eBooks to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest. We don’t get many requests for Amazon titles, but if customers wish to buy Amazon titles from us, we will make them available only online at bn.com.” Continue reading