Amazon and Publishers: Predator and Prey

cheetahReheating a story from his well-read book on Amazon, The Everything Store, author Brad Stone talked of Amazon’s policy of viewing publishers as “sickly” gazelles to be eaten by Amazon, the cheetah, in negotiations.

Many publishers sitting in the audience at Digital Book World 2014 likely view the largest bookseller in the world with a wary eye, and in a series of panels and talks there wasn’t much said that would make them lower their current level of vigilance.

In fact, now more than ever publishers should be alert, said Stone, even as ebook sales may be flattening in the U.S.

“Jeff Bezos and his colleagues do not believe that the pace of change in any media business is stagnating,” said Stone. “If ebook sales are flattening, Amazon will find a way to spark them.”

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