MacMillan v Amazon update

It appears that Macmillan titles are available on Amazon again. From the kindle community blog:

We have expressed our strong disagreement and the seriousness of our disagreement by temporarily ceasing the sale of all Macmillan titles. We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan’s terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for e-books. Amazon customers will at that point decide for themselves whether they believe it’s reasonable to pay $14.99 for a bestselling e-book.

As Gruber says on Daring Fireball:

Just me, or does it seem like an Apple device that won’t ship for another 53 days already upended Amazon’s Kindle business? What kind of sense does it make to accuse a publisher of having a “monopoly” over its own titles?

Lot’s more commentary on the topic at Techcrunch, GigaOm, Silicon Alley Insider, Boing Boing, Unqualified Offerings and via John Scalzi and Charles Stross.

(Disclaimer: I bought my partner a kindle for her birthday today. More on that later…)


1 comment so far

  1. wouter on

    Can`t wait to hear why you chose the Kindle. Love to hear your reasoning. Wouter

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