[lg policy] Amazon stops selling books published by Macmillan

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

There's a new post on the Web of Language:

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.

read the rest of this post on the Web of Language: http://bit.ly/weblan

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

office: 217-244-0568
fax: 217-333-4321


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