Amazon-HarperCollins Contract Talks Sour

Amazon HarperCollins agency ebook pricingIts distribution contract up for renewal, HarperCollins is said to be refusing the terms Amazon has put on the table.

According to a Business Insider report based on an unidentified Amazon source, the publisher has been offered “the same contract recently signed by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan.” If the impasse can’t be resolved, HarperCollins titles will cease to be sold through Amazon “very soon,” the source says.

There’s reason to suspect there’s more to this story, though.

During its dispute with Hachette, Amazon took its case case to the public in order to pressure the publisher to accede to its terms. And since Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider, some wonder whether yesterday’s story is a similar maneuver.

Much more.

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