Amazon Steps Up Its Publishing Game While Kobo Throws In With Indie Bookstores
We've got two interesting items from the publishing realm--first up is Amazon, stepping up its publishing game by signing a deal with Ingram to distribute its eBooks to rivals like Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple.
This would apply to the books Amazon is publishing under its own varying imprints, like Thomas & Mercer and 47North, not self-published material. Sites likes Barnes & Noble and Kobo, of course, don't have to carry the books, but they have the option to, if they want.
So the big question is: Will they? Laura Hazard Owen at PaidContent hashes it out--check out what she has to say.
Meanwhile, Kobo has announced a partnership with the American Booksellers Association to let independent bookstores sell eBooks and share in the profits. Indie bookstores already do this through Google, though that program is coming to an end soon--indie booksellers couldn't even clear the costs of the program dues.
Kobo will launch with 400 participating bookstores, and all of them will have access to Kobo's collection of nearly 3 million books. They're not the only players in this game, though. Startup company Zola is also looking to allow indie bookstores to sell eBooks for a cut of the profits. Lots of interesting stuff happening in the bookselling world.
What do you think about Amazon extending its reach?
And would you buy your eBooks through an indie bookstore?
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