Amazon pressuring publishers to increase margins?

Amazon is accused of pressuring publishers and distributors for more favourable sales terms

By - February 23, 2012
amazon

Retail giant Amazon has been accused by publishers of playing hard ball to extract more favourable sales terms and increase margins on its popular Kindle ebook reader.

The Independent Publishers Group (IPG) have noted that Amazon decided not to renew an agreement to resell electronic titles of IPG clients in an apparent dispute over wholesale discounts on books.

IPG president Mark Suchomel said that, “They [Amazon] wanted better margin and we were telling them what our terms were. So they took the titles off.”

This move means that around 5,000 titles will be removed from the Kindle store although the print titles are still available on Amazon.

Suchomel suggested that this was part of a pressure campaign to win more favourable terms from publishers and distributors.

The two sides had been in discussions for some time according to Suchomel.

“I’m not surprised they pulled when they did. But of course, I’m incredibly disappointed,” he said. “We’re certainly working very well with them on the print side and I would love to sell them the e-title titles. If they want them they’re certainly available.”

Read the full story at: Cnet.

Forum discussion

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Have you ever lost money with online shopping?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

5 things you learnt at school about your body which are completely wrong

Schoolkid

We have been taught a lot of different things about our bodies by our schools, our parents and our friends.

Cheapest big ADSL data bundles in South Africa

South Africa ISPs

We take a look at the cheapest ‘large’ ADSL data bundles available in South Africa.

Telkom-BCX deal approved by Competition Tribunal

Telkom BCX

The Competition Tribunal has approved Telkom’s acquisition of BCX.

Eskom load shedding update: 4 August

Eskom Logo

The latest on load shedding from Eskom.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X