Barnes & Noble Stores Start Stocking Amazon Books, Company Shuts That Right Down
And the publishing wars rage on...
In the latest volley, Barnes & Noble stores were found to be stocking books put out by Amazon Publishing, like My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall. This, after the company insisted it would do no such thing. The company has since sent an e-mail to all stores, asking them to remove any and all titles published by Amazon.
According to paidContent, individual branches have a fair bit of leeway when it comes to what they order, so Amazon titles were slipping through the cracks:
Moby Lives, a blog operated by independent publisher Melville House, first saw My Mother Was Nuts on a display table in a Manhattan Barnes & Noble. I turned up other copies in stores around Manhattan (and they are still there this morning). paidContent readers reported seeing the book in Barnes & Noble stores in Chicago, Indiana and New Hampshire. Melville House executive editor Kelly Burdick found it in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Louisville, Washington DC, and Boston.
What do you think? Is it sour grapes on the part of Barnes & Noble? Are they leaving money on the table? Or do they have every right to freeze out a company that's undercutting them?
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