Amazon vs Book Distributors: A New Round in EBook Business Battles

D Streitfeld reported in yesterday’s NYT that Amazon, in an effort to lower the retail price of e-books, removed over 4,000 e-titles distributed by the Independent Publishing Group. The conflict point is Amazon’s focus on revenues from the hardware Kindle purchases, against the book industry’s goal of profit from intellectual content-in hard cover, paperback and e-formats-sales.
The IPG e-products do remain available for other e-readers, and Amazon did not withdraw IPG print copies, as it briefly did two years ago in a dispute with Macmillan.

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