Take that Amazon?! Barnes and Noble issue Fighting Words 6 comments

Dear Amazon,

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.”

Jaime Carey
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?

Source: BookBaby

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6 thoughts on “Take that Amazon?! Barnes and Noble issue Fighting Words

  • Troy Johnson

    Interesting reaction. B&N don’t get it; people will buy the Amazon published books directly from Amazon.com — they don;t need B&N’s sales?!

    B&N has made so many missteps, especially with their online presence. They are constantly in reaction mode rather than innovating.

    As far as CreateSpace in the physical store; how many of those titles were on shelves anyway?

    • Joy Farrington Post author

      The more I think about it, the more I realize it’s a scare tactic. But Barnes and Noble isn’t trying to scare Amazon, they’re subliminally targeting authors. Lets face it, many authors have dreams of having book signings in bookstore or even just seeing their book on the shelf of their favorite bookstore. So if they can get authors to re-consider publishing with Amazon they think they won half the battle. But unless they come up with something to offer authors so they don’t turn to Amazon, their decision to not stock Amazon books is going to become a moot point.

      Barnes and Noble was already making it difficult to stock CreateSpace books, so in actuality no change there. And you’re right B&N has been playing follow the leader and picking a fight with Amazon is not a good idea. B&N need to find something that will push Amazon to follow them for once.

  • Sidne

    I too like Barnes and Nobles however most of my readers have kindles. I do like giving away books and you can’t beat the e books prices. I will use them as much as I can, I never cared for the business of Amazon.

    • Joy Farrington Post author

      I agree with you Sidne. I prefer doing business with B&N but you can’t ignore Amazon. If you do, you’re ignoring your customers, potential sales and potential opportunity. I was hoping B&N would expand Pubit to include printed books but so far they haven’t. So until B&N offer services that exceed Amazon (in regards to publishing) authors are going to continue to flock to them. That’s why big names like Tim Ferris are jumping ship from the major publishing companies- its just business. Regardless of how someone may feel about Amazon, you can’t denied the fact that their publishing model offers a far better royalty deal for authors.