The big news starting this week off was Barnes & Noble’s declaration that it would not sell in its stores books released by Amazon Publishing. A lot of authors publish their e-books via Amazon – probably a lot of you. This even affects some imprints, like New Harvest, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
According to Jaime Carey, B&N’s chief merchandising officer, “… Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent … 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.”
Would it stop you from publishing via Amazon if you knew you could not have your print books sold through Barnes & Noble? For most writers, despite the prestige of having your books displayed in Barnes & Noble stores, the decision comes down to where you would make the most money? On Amazon or in a B&N store and in their online store?
According to literary agent, Elyse Cheney, “If you’re doing a print book, you kind of have to be in Barnes & Noble.” The article agreed and said that it seemed unlikely “that many of the 1,900 independent bookstores in the United States would be willing to stock Amazon books.”
To me, this sounds rather like a line being drawn in the sand -- Amazon on one side, bookstores on the other. At the moment, authors are poised on the line itself and having to make a decision what to do. What do you think is best for you?
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