|03-01-2012, 03:48 PM||#1|
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Amazon Ditches Entire Independent Publisher; Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writers Ditches Amazon
from themarysue.com ............. Amazon is sitting pretty at the top of the pecking order of the eReader market, in part because its spot atop the online retail market gives it the freedom to set Kindle prices low. Lower, in fact, than most other eReader formats; in a world where the Kindle takes 60% of the market in ebooks and is getting perilously synonymous with an electronic device dedicated to reading print publications. This means that when the company decides it doesn’t like that its affiliates want to charge more for their books, they can simply refuse to make some perfectly compatible ebooks unavailable on the platform, with devastating results to that publisher .
This wouldn’t be the first time that Amazon has blacklisted a publisher due to pricing disputes. Two years ago Macmillan’s virtual and physical books were pulled from sale on Amazon.com over ebook pricing. Eventually Amazon acquiesced to major publishers’ desires to set their own prices on ebooks. But as the NYT notes, IPG is not one of biggest publishers around.
(via io9 . )
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|03-01-2012, 04:26 PM||#2|
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Is this, as it is portrayed here, a case of the seller screwing the publisher into minimal profits at the expense of the writer ... or a similar case to music, where the publisher is the one ripping off the writer in the first place, and refusing to reduce their "massive profits for no effort" business model ... ?
|03-01-2012, 11:32 PM||#3|
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I'm unsure if physical publishers should continue to take a cut of e-format books.
That being said, if these publishers werent there in the first place, it is likely that the digital format would become the primary format by far....and, obviously, that would result in physical copies of books being rarer.
Additionally, since Amazon has the largest market share as a digital publisher,
they would have far too much leverage. Writers could be ultimately forced to publish only with Amazon or be forced into a much smaller market.
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