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I suspect many of you on here have been following the story of the battle between Amazon.com and the publisher Macmillan over e-book pricing which (presumably) has resulted in the delisting of all Macmillan titles from Amazon's website. (Used copies through 3rd party sellers still show up, but, for example, if you search for Jeff VanderMeer's Shriek you won't be able to buy a new copy from Amazon at the time of this posting.) (If you don't know what I'm talking about you might want to read this: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/29/amazon-and-macmillan.html#more which I think lays out the situation so far quite well.) It's hard to resist the lure of Amazon, I'll be the first to admit, and how quickly it can get a book or music into my hands (or electronic device), but I have seen at first hand the decline and closing of an awesome local bookstore, where I worked once, and which a number of people I'm close to still worked at the time of its closing--I know Amazon is just a business like any other, and I'm not supposed to fault the free market from working freely, but I think people in this town lost more with the closing of that bookstore than they will gain by having to resort to Amazon.com from now on. I think this incident, whatever eventual excuse/explanation comes out, is kind of the last straw for me, and I'll be doing my very best not to use Amazon from now on.
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Date:January 31st, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Y'know, I've read the blogs, and I've read the NY Times article, and so far everyone is assuming that it's Amazon who packed up their toys and went home. Neither side has made any official comment as to what's happening -- even the NY Times article is still going on "insider sources," and it's still not clear what really happened in the closed-door talks that lead up to this. (Oh to be a fly on that wall!)

I will admit, it's more likely that Amazon chose to do the delisting, but I dunno. I could also see the publisher getting pissed off at Amazon refusing to comply with a price-bump on eBooks and saying "You know what, you're not the only book and ebook retailer around, take us off your site."

Maybe that's because I've read about one too many senior executive of well known and respected companies be a hot-headed moron that lets greed and inflated egos get in the way of doing what's right. :P

Will be interesting to see how all this sugars out.
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Date:February 1st, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
It looks like amazon caved over the weekend.
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Date:April 10th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hallo! I just thought I'd ping to say we've been ToC-mates in Shimmer, and apparently have a mutual acquaintance -- in England, where I am, because the universe is TINY, and your friend Dan knows my friend Chris and hello! :)
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Date:June 4th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hello! (Wow, I haven't looked at Livejournal for a very long time...) I was very amused when Daniel said he knew someone else with a story in that issue. As I said to him, the world of steampunk fables is truly very small. Thanks for saying hi!
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