Amazon stops selling books published by Macmillan

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sat Jan 30 23:52:21 UTC 2010

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Amazon stops selling books published by Macmillan

The web is abuzz with news that Amazon has stopped selling books
published by Macmillan.

According to the New York Times, the bookselling giant and the giant
publisher are disputing the price of ebooks -- publishers want Amazon
to raise the price of Kindle editions, and Amazon, faced with new
competition from Apple's new iBooks venture, which includes Macmillan
titles, has refused.

Cutting off Macmillan is a temporary move, and the whole thing sounds
like those much-publicized cable-systems-dropping-cable-channels-
because-of-pricing disagreements. Even so, it's one thing for viewers
to spend a week or two without their "Law and Order" reruns while new
licensing gets worked out, but it seems more like censorship than
haggling when Amazon, which holds close to a monopoly on bookselling,
shuts off access to books, if only for a little while.

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Dennis Baron
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Department of English
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