NY Times: Macmillan Books Return After Dispute. Brad Stone and Motoko Rich report on the end of negotations, though it's not clear what was successfully negotiated.
' So what did Amazon hold out for? The company would not comment, but it is likely that Amazon demanded that no other e-book vendors, such as Apple, get preferential access to new titles, or any kind of pricing advantages.Emphases mine. The words 'likely' and 'may' are used to mention concessions, the concepts of which wouldn't have come from thin air. It seems the NYTimes probably got SOME kind of word but isn't free to say so outright.
Amazon may also have negotiated terms into its agreement with the publisher that would allow users of Kindles or Kindle software to lend e-books to each other. '
Also, while hardcover books are back, the Kindle edition copies have not shown up as of mid-Friday evening.
OTHER NEWS REPORTS - Follow links for full stories
1. Why (And How) Apple Killed The $US9.99 Ebook
' Publishers joining Apple’s iBooks store are turning their back on Amazon and its vision of the flat $US9.99 ebook. Apple forced the music industry to charge 99 US cents per song, so why are they helping publishers set their own prices?2. Apple iPad Helps Publishers Get Better Price from Amazon
To screw Amazon. ' [From Gizmodo.com]
' Gizmodo reports that the move could mean the end of the $9.99 book. The conventional wisdom is that publishers will set the ebook prices first proposed by Apple—from $12.99 to $14.99. I suspect that Penguin and Simon & Schuster will follow suit and that Amazon will be forced to migrate to the agency model and match Apple pricing.' [From beforeitsnews.com]3. Epicenter The Business of Tech Panacea or Poison Pill:
Who Gets to Decide About $10 E-Books?
' Hachette has become the third major publisher to publicly denounce Amazon.com’s $10 e-book model. It joins Macmillan and HarperCollins in what seems now like the death blow to a price point that had less to do with the inherent value of the content than it did with finding a magic number readers could not resist in droves. ' [From wired.com]
It's Friday night and Len Edgerly's The Kindle Chronicles weekly podcast is up, with the final part of the 2-part interview with Forrester's James McQuivey, a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research.
The first part is at Len's The Reading Edge podcast, which reports on all e-readers -- this last week's podcasts being especially germane, as mentioned in the last blog entry here. Part 1 of a 2-part interview there is titled "Amazon Brings a Knife to a Mud Fight."
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