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Saturday, 30th January 2010

e-Book Pricing Dispute Re: Kindle Sees Macmillan Titles Disappear from Amazon.com

From the VentureBeat Article:

On Friday evening, we noticed that books from major publisher Macmillan had disappeared from Amazon.com, but couldn’t explain why. The fact that Macmillan was a partner on Apple’s iPad, which should be a formidable competitor to Amazon’s Kindle, seemed suggestive, but again: We didn’t know.

Now The New York Times has an explanation. Citing an anonymous source “in the industry with knowledge of the dispute,” The Times said the removal was caused by a disagreement.

Citing an anonymous source “in the industry with knowledge of the dispute,” The Times said the removal was caused by a disagreement between Macmillan and Amazon over the pricing of e-books on the Kindle. Amazon insists that publishers charge $9.99 for most e-books, while Macmillan wanted to raise the price to $15. So the online retailer is “expressing its strong disagreement by temporarily removing Macmillan books.”

See Also: The Apple-Amazon Book War Heats Up, and Claims MacMillan as a Casualty (via All Things Digital)

See Also: Amazon and Macmillan Go to War: Readers and Writers are the Civilian Casualties (by Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)


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