The Interwebs are ablaze with a disagreement between book publisher Macmillan and bookseller Amazon about the price of eBooks.
In short: Macmillan (who doesn’t want to undermine their print book business) allegedly wants Amazon to raise their Macmillan eBook prices from $10 to $15. In retaliation, Amazon (who wishes to promote their Kindle reading device, even if it means selling eBooks at a loss) stopped selling Macmillan titles altogether (except through 3rd parties).
[1/30/10 UPDATE: Amazon Concedes to Macmillan on E-Book pricing]
[2/4/10 UPDATE: Or did they?]
[2/4/10 UPDATE: New Message from Macmillan CEO John Sargent]
Interesting links abound:
- Excellent summaries from John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow.
- MacMillan’s letter to authors/illustrators and the literary agent community.
- Articles in the New York Times and the LA Times.
- Commentary from:
- Authors Guild Launches Amazon Buy Button-Tracking Program: WhoMovedMyBuyButton.com.
- Third major publisher (Hachette) dumps Amazon $9.99 e-books model. [via Nick Mamatas]
- HarperCollins and Hachette Join Macmillan.
- Teleread: Maybe we should be hurting the authors.
- Tobias Buckell asks Why do people want more expensive backlist books?
- Michael A. Stackpole on Authors Can Be Stupid: Entitlement? Really?
- Charlie Stross’ Amazonfail round-up.
- Finally: Amazon begins re-listing Macmillan books.