Like they use to say back in the day, WHOOSH YO MAMA!
Barnes and Nobles
That’s basically the gist of an announcement made by Barnes and Noble today which states they will no longer stock books published by Amazon in their stores. The actual statement is below.
“Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms. Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain eBooks to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest. We don’t get many requests for Amazon titles, but If customers wish to buy Amazon titles from us, we will make them available only online at bn.com.”
Chief Merchandising Officer
Barnes & Noble
I was wondering how Barnes and Noble would react to Amazon’s new KDP Select which highly encourage (blatantly bribe) authors to allow Amazon exclusive selling rights of their book for 90 days. In exchange authors will receive a mysterious chunk of Amazon’s money pie.
As an avid reader and book club president, I always loved Barnes and Noble more then Amazon. Yeah sure Amazon prices are better but can you sit in a Amazon store uninterrupted while slipping on a Latte and reading a book? Nope. And I agree with B&N Chief Merchandising Officer, Jaime Carey about Amazon continue push for exclusively so I’m not surprise by B&N actions. But as an author I love CreateSpace and always recommend their services to my clients, so it’s hard to pick sides in this Battle of the Books.
So now the question is will authors re-consider publishing with Amazon (and I’m assuming this include CreateSpace titles) knowing books won’t be available at Barnes and Noble?
Trust me when I say the book world will be anxiously waiting Amazon’s next move.
<sigh> I wonder if this is how Bella felt when she wanted Jacob and Edward to be friends?