(I am writing this on my phone so forgive the lack of nice formatting)
Barnes & Noble announced today that they will not stock books published under Amazon’s imprints in their brick and mortar stores, though they will still be available online. This includes books released by the new New Harvest, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that many thought would be Amazon’s ticket to selling their books in Barnes & noble’s stores.
Jamie Carey, B&N’s chief merchandising officer, is quoted as saying, “Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms. Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain e-books to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest.”
This follows their August announcement that they will not sell print books published by Amazon unless it could also sell the e-book versions.
Does this effect Create Space books or only the Amazon Publishing imprints? While I’m not sure if any authors publishing with Create Space (and paying for extended distribution) had their books “stocked” at a B&N store, I know that a customer could order the book through them, but will that stop now? Is this why the expanded distribution rules have suddenly changed? Or was that just another move by Amazon to discourage expanded distribution and pull in more exclusivity?
Do you think this move will hurt Amazon’s authors, or do you think it will backfire and hurt Barnes & Noble instead?
- Well, Here’s How Amazon Will Get Its Books Into Barnes & Noble (paidcontent.org)
- Barnes & Noble Says it Won’t Sell Books Published by Amazon (NYTimes)
- Amazon Earnings Okay, But Stock Slides 10% (CNN Money)