Saturday 28th November

Book2book Home Book Trade News Trade Announcements Bestseller Lists About

Amazon Wants Cheaper E-books. But Should It Get To Enforce Prices?

Posted at 5:42AM Monday 04 Aug 2014

Amazon also said that in addition to looking for cheaper books, it was asking for just 30 percent of the price of an e-book — far less than many in the publishing industry had feared the company was seeking in its dispute with Hachette.

At first blush, the retailer's numbers, and its transparency, are encouraging.

But when you compare the market for e-books with other thriving digital markets, a larger question emerges: Why should the price of books be contractually enforced at all?

New York Times

Get book trade news by email

Daily book trade headlines and breaking publishing news by email - just £3 a month. Click on the Subscribe button below to sign up now

Find out more

Search the news archive:

More Book Trade News

Guardian Best Books Of 2015 – Part One

Compelling fiction, a game-changing biography and a 900-page whopper for food nerds

Oneiron, By Laura Lindstedt, Wins Finlandia Prize

But author Lindstedt slams government after Finlandia win

The Little Prince Soars In A New Movie Trailer

Movie adaptation originally came out in France back in July 2015

J.K. Rowling Fuels a Twitter Debate on Severus Snape

JK Rowling reveals why Harry Potter named his son after Snape

National Library Of Luxembourg Has 72,000 E-books

One of the largest digital collections in Europe

New York Times Notable Books Of 2015

The year's notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review

Account Sign-In

Most Popular Stories

  1. Hot Key Announces A Raft Of YA Acquisitions
  2. Pearson Did Things By The Textbook But The Customers Had Ripped It Up
  3. Changes At Penguin Random House Australia And New Zealand
  4. Sainsbury's Christmas Advert Is About To Beat John Lewis
  5. Kobo announce Michael Tamblyn as new CEO
  6. Cuts At Penguin Random House Australia And New Zealand
  7. James Dawson Criticises Parents Who Attacked His LGBT Guide For Children
  8. Amazon Resets Account Passwords Feared Compromised
  9. Promotions At Granta Books And Portobello Books
  10. Tintin Expert Becomes First Uk Professor Of Comics