Quoting a report in the subscriber-only Publishers Marketplace:
At least one independent publisher of scale was told categorically
by Amazon in a recent phone call initiated by the etailer that
Amazon would not negotiate agency selling terms with any other
publishers outside of the five initial Apple partners. This
publisher was told that if they switched to an agency model for
ebooks, Amazon would stop selling their entire list, in print and
digital form. In conversation, Amazon is said to have reiterated
that as matter of policy they are declining to negotiate an agency
model with any publisher outside of the five who have already
announced agreements with Apple’s iBookstore.
“Agency model” is apparently industry jargon for publishers setting their own prices per title, rather than accepting a flat selling price set by Amazon.
I’ll echo Paul Constant’s question in response to this tactic:
So my question is this: How long is Amazon going to dick around
publishers before customers start to think of their inventory as
★ Thursday, 18 March 2010