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Saturday, January 30, 2010

FAIL: Amazon pulls Macmillan books

Man, has Amazon really stepped in it! The online superstore, wonderful literary oasis that it is, got its panties in bunch and decided to pull books published by Macmillan from the site after a fight over the pricing of e-books. Like several other publishers, Macmillan asked Amazon to raise the price of e-books from $9.99 to around $15.

Unable to resolve their dispute, Amazon is throwing tantrum. It has pulled anything published by Macmillan, whose imprints include Tor Books, St. Martin's Press, and Farrar Straus and Giroux. Not just e-books either. Now, you can only buy Macmillan books from third party sellers. See?

Outrageous! Amazon is abusing its power and acting like a three-year-old. They aren't just sticking it to a company here. Their hissy fit is affecting authors, some of which rely on sites like Amazon for sales because big box bookstores don't sell their books.

From here I defer to the wisdom of YA author Jackson Pearce whose Vlogging prowess far exceeds my ranting capabilities.

Read a letter about the kerfuffle from the Macmillan CEO here.

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