Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You
Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest brick and mortar book retailer, as communicated in a statement from chief merchandising officer Jaime Carey. The company will still offer titles from Amazon Publishing in their online store, but have decided not to do business with their biggest competitor in the physical world.
The statement, which Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brad Stone called a “declaration of war”, said, in part:
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…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.
So is this a smart business move, or more petty childishness?
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